Special feature by Hayley Linfield GODERICH – Corinne Peters, originally of Goderich, is a young woman riding a rising star, and it’s time people around here knew about her.
Peters, 18 years old and a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, is a sailing champion with her sights set, quite possibly, on the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Brazil.
Peters is the Canadian National Youth Laser Radial Sailing champion. In early August 2013, she competed at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec and earned the silver medal for her efforts.
Earlier in the summer she had the amazing opportunity to compete in Cyprus (off the coast of Turkey, in the Mediterranean Sea) at the World Youth Championships, placing 25th out of 40 top competitors from around the world.
An article by Brian Freeman published in The Chronicle Herald quoted Agustin Ferrario, who was named Sail Canada’s Coach of the Year as saying, “She has become an outstanding athlete with huge potential for the future.”
It is not only in sailing that Peters excels either. An accomplished violinist, now studying with the renowned conductor Philippe Djokic, she is a soloist with the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra (near Halifax). She is a past member of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, and the Florida Youth Orchestra.
Goderich, however, can take a little bit of credit for setting Peters on her way, as it was at the Huron String School, which is now closed), that she got her start with the violin. She studied with Elaine Ras, who was the conductor of the Goderich Laketown Band for 19 years, and who now plays with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra.
Though Peters now lives in Halifax, she lived the first eight years of her life in Goderich with her parents, John and Angela Peters, and her younger sister, Alannah. Her grandparents, Jim and Penny Peters, and a variety of aunts, uncles, and cousins, still live in Goderich.