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October 15, 1962


Victoria, BC


Victoria, BC


Rio 2016

Jackie Gay and her husband John McRoberts won the silver medal in the two-person keelboat at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

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.


Silver medal at 2016 Paralympic Games



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 Paralympic Games – 2 person keelboat – 2nd

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

Paralympic Medals