David was born in Montreal in 1981. From a very early age you could always find David near water. His parents were members of Hudson Yacht Club, and David loved going there to play on the beach or go Laser sailing with his dad.
When David was 6 years old his dad bought a 29ft cruising boat and they competed regularly at the weekend and evening yacht club races. Generally David would helm and his dad would trim the sails. His father recalled that David was never willing to give up - even when miles behind David insisted on finishing the race.
When David was 10 he entered the Hudson Learn to sail program earning his learn to sail levels. At 13 he joined the Hudson Yacht Club race team and raced a Laser radial, though it was quite a lot of boat for a small sailor. The next year he was generously loaned a Byte by the Miranda Memorial Fund, and that year won the Canadian championship and finished third in the Canadian Youth Championship.
A family move to Oakville in 1997 enabled David to join the Royal Canadian Yacht Club High Performance Team. There he found himself surrounded by a group of very motivated sailors many of whom are still sailing with him today. David switched back to his Laser having grown into it and immersed himself in the sailing program. The results soon followed as the next year he won the Laser Radial Midwinters East and later that summer he competed at his first World Championship finishing 11th at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds.
As David graduated from youth sailing he became interested in College Sailing in the United States. He spent four years at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point , New York learning about the shipping industry and representing the Academy at college events. His entire 3rd year at college was spent on a merchant ship traveling the world which was a fantastic experience. David won a national championship in 2002 and also earned honourable mention All American as a sophomore and was an All American as a senior. Additionally he sailed in the Laser Radial Worlds in 2002 finishing 4th.
Upon graduation David decided his sailing career was not over. Back in Canada he joined the Canadian Sailing Team and campaigned actively for the 2008 Olympics, competing for Canada on the World Cup Circuit with some very good results. However, the efforts fell short and he was forced to watch the Olympics from home. This strengthened his resolve to return to sailing with a determination to make no compromises. David won the 2008 Laser North American Championships in dominant fashion, and in 2009 set his sights on making an impact at the World Championship held in Halifax Nova Scotia. After a year of training he finished 6th , making him one of the only two Canadians to have finished in the top 10 at a Laser Worlds since it became an Olympic class.
In 2010 David finished 6th (having won the medal race) at the Sail for Gold regatta at the only World cup event at the London Olympic venue. As the momentum continues to build David earned his first World Cup podium result to start the 2012 season. With growing confidence, a new and inspiring Coaching staff, and more determination than ever, David is now totally focused on winning a medal for Canada at the Olympic Games in London in 2012.