Paralympians take flight with Switzerland SailGP Team
The world’s fastest Paralympian, gold medallist and world record holder sprinter, Salum Kashafali (NOR), four-time Paralympian and five-time world champion sailing medallist, Bjørnar Erikstad (NOR), and Britain’s four-time Paralympian and three-time World Champion sailor, Hannah Stodel, all experienced foiling for the first time as they sailed onboard the Swiss F50 on Plymouth’s Sound.
The Paralympians were invited by the team and Stifelsen VI [the VI Foundation], an organisation based in Norway, which champions equal opportunities to achieve. Together they are promoting the important call to action asking competitors and fans to #BacktheBid as part of World Sailing’s campaign to see the sport of sailing reinstated in the Paralympic Games for LA28.
World Sailing celebrates Disability Pride Month
|We learnt more about July’s Disability Pride Month – dedicated to raising awareness of disabilities and promoting inclusiveness – by catching up with 24-year-old British Para Sailor and disability campaigner Jazz Turner. |
Jazz spoke to World Sailing about appearing at the UK Parliament’s House of Lords last month, why sailing – and access to sport in general – is so important, how she believes Para Sailing can change lives, and her service dog, Phoebe.
Oman to host 2022 RS Venture Connect World Championships alongside World Sailing PDP
Oman Sail will host the RS Venture Connect World Championships in November 2022, the first time an exclusively Para Sailing championship has been held in Oman. Taking place from 20-27 November at the Barceló Mussanah Resort, up to 36 teams from an estimated 15 nations will compete in the RS Venture boat, designed specifically for people with disabilities, including members of Oman Sail’s SailFree team.
The event will also feature a three-day Paralympic Development Program (PDP) organised by World Sailing, to provide training for coaches and sailors. The PDP will build on the success of the first PDP held in Oman in March this year, where classifier training was prioritised, and a full International Classification Seminar will be held to enable the four candidates World Sailing worked with previously to become International Classifiers after a final assessment.
If they are successful, it will be a huge achievement and a major step forward for Para Sailing in the Middle East, as well as globally, to gain four new young Classifiers.
As with the previous RS Venture Connect Class World Championship, the 2022 World Championship will once again feature a ‘Para’ as well as an ‘Open’ category for teams entered. Those wishing to participate in this event should do so via the dedicated registration platform by clicking here.
Para Sailor Spotlight: Alessandro Lancellotti
23-year-old Alessandro Lancellotti comes from Naples, Italy, and has grown up on the ocean. A passionate water sportsman, he has excelled in a range of classes since he first sailed in an Optimist at five years old.
An all-round adrenaline junkie, at just 16, Alessandro’s life took a dramatic turn when a motorcycle accident resulted in him losing the use of his legs – he is now a wheelchair user.
Using sport as a key part of his rehabilitation, it wasn’t long before Alessandro was back fulfilling his need for speed, through Para skiing, motorbiking and his passion on the water, Para Kiteboarding, for which he uses an adapted board with a seat.
In June, Alessando took part in the first ever World Sailing Para Kiteboarding Development Programme (PDP), where he spoke to us about his passion for sport, and his hopes to one day represent Italy at the Paralympic Games.
IN THE NEWS
World Sailing Show
The latest episode of the World Sailing Show gives an insight into the critical role of Para Sailing Development Programs, as well as interviews with World Sailing Training Delivery Manager Rob Holden and World Sailing CEO David Graham on why sailing should be included in the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games.
Gazetto Dello Sport (ITA)
World Sailing verso i Giochi di Los Angeles 2028.
National Italian sports newspaper, Gazetto Dello Sport, reports on World Sailing’s submission to the International Paralympic Committee.
Kiteboarder Magazine (FRA)
Chris Ballois et Vincent Beauné s’expriment sur le futur du para-kitesurf (Interview)
Following the first ever Para Kiteboarding PDP in June in Lake Garda, Kiteboarder Magazine caught up with French riders Chris Ballois and Vincent Beauné.
World Sailing officially submits inclusion applications for Los Angeles 2028 Paralympics
InsideTheGames marks a milestone moment for the global sailing community as World Sailing submit their application to the International Paralympic Committee.
|Para Nordic Championship (Sweden) |
The Para Nordic Championship will take place 13-14 August hosted by the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) with Skota Hem (Trim the Sails Foundation), supported by the Swedish Sailing Federation and Stockholm Sailing Federation.
Athletes competing on the RS Venture Connect will battle it out in the waters of the famous spa town Saltsjöbaden on the Baltic Coast, deep in the Stockholm Archipelago.
For more information click here
Inclusion Championship (Germany)
The Inclusion World Championship will be held in Germany’s Baltic port city Rostock 24-28 August on supplied SV/14s. With the region’s Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Sport Stefanie Drese as Patron, and over ten partners alongside World Sailing including Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Rostocker Regatta Verein, the city’s university (one of the oldest in the world) and All Inclusive Rostock, this Championship is set to be a major global sports event as well as an important discussion platform on inclusion.
For more information visit here and register here!