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Sailing for everyone

Editor November 2, 2011

SAILABILITY… Pictured from left, Local member of the community and program facilitator, Roy Hill with Access for All Abilities Program Manager, Rob Newman. Photo: Alicia Zeqir.By Julie Moore
ON Sunday, November 6, members of the Goulburn Valley will have the opportunity for the first time to participate and learn about all abilities sailing.
The introductory day is aimed at facilitating a new program right here in Shepparton to assist people with disabilities to learn how to sail.
Under the guidance and expert assistance of Sailability and Yachting Victoria, specialised ‘Access Dinghies’ will allow people of all ages and all abilities to learn from beginner level how to enjoy the freedom of sailing. 
The Dinghies are a unique Australian design and have been specially built to aid people with all varieties of disabilities to learn how to sail in a safe, stable and comfortable craft.
Access for All Abilities Program Manager, Rob Newman said this is the first time the program has had the opportunity to run in Shepparton and it’s fantastic.
“There is no-one we can’t teach to sail from quadriplegics and paraplegics right through to the blind, sailing is for everyone.
“It gives them the ultimate feeling of freedom. It’s really wonderful to see.”
The program will be presented by the Shepparton Lakes Sailing Club, but organisers hold hopes that they’ll be able to form a specialised club specifically to accommodate Sailability permanently as well as create some ongoing interest in sailing to best optimise the use of the lake itself.
Local member of the community and facilitator of the program, Roy Hill said anyone who is interested in assisting in any way are welcome to contact us and hopefully we’ll be able to permanently introduce this fantastic program.
Roy said, “For myself, this is a way for me to give something back to the community in line with my own interests and Rob has been so enthusiastic in assisting us in making this happen.”
For more information come along to Victoria Park Lake on Sunday, November 6 from 10am to 2pm, cost is $5 and includes a BBQ lunch. All are welcome. For more information, phone Roy Hill on 5823 1240 or 0438 570 549.