Own the Podium
Originally launched in 2005, Own the Podium 2010 was a national initiative supported by all of Canada's winter sport organizations and major funding partners including Sport Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and Vancouver 2010 - designed to help Canada's winter athletes win the most number of medals at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and to place in the top-three nations in the gold-medal count at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
In 2006, this initiative was extended to support the nation's targeted summer-sport federations through the creation of Road to Excellence.. The plan targeted a top-16 placing for Canada at the 2008 Games in Beijing, which Canadian athletes successfully achieved by finishing tied for 13th place in overall medals. The goal for the London 2012 Games is for a top-12 placing, and to finish in the top-eight nations at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Today, both the winter and summer programs now operate under the name of Own the Podium.
Rolex has been a proud sponsor of sailing in Canada and the Canadian Yachting Association since 1986. Rolex has a philanthropic tradition of supporting exceptional talent, quality, and achievement. The Rolex Institute aims at sharing the recognition of individuals who through their initiatives, excel in their chosen fields, making a meaningful contribution to the world in which we live.
Rolex Canada annually sponsors CYA programs and the Rolex Awards Banquet. The Rolex Sailor of the Year Award is an annual award that recognizes Canadian sailors who have brought recognition to the sport of sailing. Rolex proudly presented Michael Leigh with the 2006 Rolex Sailor of the Year Award.
Gill North America is the North American importer and distributor of Gill Brand weather gear and technical marine apparel. Gill products are available throughout North America through independent marine dealers, West Marine, and Gill approved online dealers.
Gill is a very rare thing these days. A brand that only does one thing: we make an ultra-technical range of marine clothing for the dinghy racing enthusiast to full on ocean circumnavigation gear. Customers also use our products for power boating and sport fishing.
North Country Marine
North Country Marine is proud to be a boat dealer for new and used boats serving the boating markets of Belleville, Brockville, Kingston, Ottawa, the 1000 Islands and Eastern Ontario at large.
As a leading boat dealer we represent Glastron, Legend and Triumph boats powered by Mercury outboards or Mercruiser sterndrives. For boat trailers we offer sales and service of Shoreland'r, Easy Hauler, EZ Loader and Yacht Club. With over 75 years of mechanical experience we service Mercury, Mercruiser, Evinrude and Johnson outboards as well as Minn Kota and Motor Guide trolling motors.
As a leading boat and motor dealer we are a supplier to the Canadian Yachting Association, the Kingston Rowing Club and the Kingston Yacht Club with Mercury outboards.
Sperry Top Sider
As Paul Sperry watched his cocker spaniel, Prince, run across the ice on a winter's day in Connecticut, he noticed his dog's amazing ability to maintain traction on the slippery surface. Turning over Prince's paw, he observed hundreds of tiny cracks and cuts going in all directions. These wave-like grooves became the inspiration for Mr. Sperry's latest patent, called Razor-SipingTM, and were instrumental in maximizing the traction and performance of the Authentic Original Sperry Top-Sider first introduced in 1935. Since inventing the first boat shoe, our brand continues to share our "Passion for the Sea" with those who enjoy the good life in, on and around the ocean.
From the beginning, we have been obsessed with quality. We are water enthusiasts creating high performance footwear for people like us that are passionate about the thrill of pursuits on water. We are inspired everyday but the innovative spirit of our founder, and just like Paul, we are all ocean people.