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Windsurfer Nikola Girke Gives Back While She Competes at Olympics

Donors who join her in supporting four charities will get their donations doubled

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Windsurfer Nikola Girke Gives Back While She Competes at Olympics

Donors who join her in supporting four charities will get their donations doubled

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June

Rondeau Windfest 2010

At Rondeau Yacht Club - July 3, 2010

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October

Allenwood Beach photos

ATTN all surfers

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August

WWD - World Windsurfing Day

August 16th 2009

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June

2009 Rondeau Summer Windfest

July 4th 2009 - hosted by the Rondeau Yacht Club

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2009 Mega Wind Fest

High-wind sailing coming to Caraquet!

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January

The Toronto Connection

PWA Profiles Torontos own Philip Soltysiak

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November

English Channel Crossing

Guy Cribb and Antoine Albeau successfully cross English Channel in a storm!

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October

Kingston Freestyle Jam - Report

Phil Soltysiak gives us the low down on this years Freestyle Jam and Starboard Canadian ProKids

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Nikola Girkes Olympic debrief

Coming back home brought it's own set of emotions

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August

Kingston Freestyle Jam

September 13/14 or 20/21

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Olympic Update - Final day for me...

some gains and some losses had me finish in 15th today

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Olympic Update - Stormy Conditions

This should've been my day....

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Olympic Update - Finally another race....

A lot of waiting recently

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Windsurfer Nikola Girke Gives Back While She Competes at Olympics

Donors who join her in supporting four charities will get their donations doubled

August 8, 2012

July 27, 2012: The 2012 London Olympics have started, and Canadian windsurfer Nikola Girke has her sail set to do more than compete. She’s managed to find a unique way to give back to the communities that have helped her get there while she’s out on the water. “For so many years I’ve always had my hand out asking for money, and it’s nice to give back to the community when you can,” Girke tells the North Shore News in a recent article. Here’s how she’s doing it: She has set up a “Giving Group” on an online charitable platform called Chimp. Through the group, she’s raising money for four charities (CAN Fund, CKNW Orphans’ Fund, KidSport and Vancouver Friends for Life Society). She explains why she chose each charity, has listed her goals for the Games and is asking friends, family, fans and supporters in the windsurfing community to donate or make a pledge tied to her goals. Girke’s also finding fun ways to get her members to donate. For example, she challenged them to give if she could get her picture taken with someone from the royal family. She met Prince Charles and got a picture of the two shaking hands, which earned $200 for her Giving Group (and ultimately the charities she’s raising money for).

To date, she’s raised approximately $2,700 and has already sent $1,000 off to CAN Fund so they can help fund other athletes’ dreams. But she’s hoping to raise more – her goal is $10,000. She might just get there with the help of Peer Giving Solutions, a Vancouver-based company that makes software for charities. They’re inspired by what Girke’s doing and have offered to match people’s donations.

An athlete supporting and raising money for charity is nothing new. But doing it in a way that allows for such open interaction between the athlete and their fans is. Anyone wanting to support Nikola Girke and the charities she’s raising money for can go to www.chimpfund.com/windsurfing, and the first $25 they give will be matched.
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