Jackie Gay


Rio 2016 will be Jackie Gay’s first Paralympic Games. She says she is “excited, honoured, and the opportunity is a dream come true.” Gay will be competing with her husband, John McRoberts, in the SKUD18 class.

“I feel extremely proud to be a Canadian, a Paralympian and a sailor,” says Gay. “The proudest moment will come when I hoist our sail in Rio and see my name along with my husband’s. It's been a long road. We're ready.”

Gay sailed as a child in her father's boats around the UK and Europe. “I love boats,” says Gay. However, she was never involved in competitive racing until after her injury in 1994, when she lost her leg in a car accident in Africa. She began Paralympic sailing and worked her way up the ranks as a 2.4mR sailor; she now knows that she has the ability to succeed at the highest level.

The husband and wife team of McRoberts and Gay were awarded the 2013 Sail Canada Team of the Year.


Qualifying for Rio 2016, her first Paralympic Games. She is also proud to have achieved silver and bronze-medal finishes in the Garda Olympic Week event, and a bronze medal in the Para Worlds.


Gay is a writer and a creative writing teacher. When she is not out on the water, she has found time to publish two novels and edit three collections of short stories. Jackie also likes yoga, growing vegetables, and roaming around the Pacific Northwest with her dog Zephyr.


2016 Garda Olympic Week – SKUD18 – 3rd
2015 Garda Olympic Week – SKUD18 – 2nd
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami – SKUD18 – 6th
2013 Para Worlds – SKUD18 – 3rd



2016 Rio ParalympicsSailing Keelboat - 2 person (SKUD18)silver


Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Sailing Keelboat - 2 person (SKUD18) 2