Hubbards Sailing Club would love to nominate Maria Fitzgerald for Sail Nova Scotia’s Shooting Star award.
Maria Fitzgerald has been a joy to have around the sailing club, ever since her debut in our Wet Feet program at age 5. A regular at HSC, we happily welcome her back year after year.
Maria had a busy summer, balancing work, sailing, friends, and family commitments. Despite this, she always had an encouraging word for every coach and sailor at the club. She can often be heard on the water giving a pep talk to some of the younger sailors or letting the coaches know what a great job they are doing.
This summer, Maria helped address some of the unique challenges related to COVID. She was an enormous help in keeping her laser race team bubble distanced from other groups.
In past years, Maria loved playing games with the Wet Feet and CANSail 1/2 groups along with showing them her laser and encouraging them to keep with the sport. It was a big change for her this year, having to keep her distance from some of the younger classes. However, this did not dampen her enthusiasm. She adapted and found ways to communicate with the younger sailors, across bubble boundaries, keeping them happy and encouraged.
This year marked Maria’s third season in the Laser 4.7. Her improvement in the boat over the past few seasons has also been a great encouragement to everyone at the club. Unfortunately, without a regatta circuit there were not many opportunities to race but she could regularly be found participating in the club’s Tuesday Night Races with her fellow sailors and a huge smile.