Today I had a beautiful little boy who was profoundly deaf as well as autistic who touched my heart and my soul. He sat on the rail watching the water and all it's hues of colours. Then he discovered my hands were different because I had sailing gloves on. He spent the best part of 40 minutes studying and feeling the difference between the the different fabrics on them. I wear these gloves everyday and haven't really taken much notice but today I did!

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John McCormack
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My week on faceboat

I can say without doubt we had a win with every single one of them. The smiles we coaxed out of the kids and their teachers/carers made the personal and group effort very worthwhile. In all my time with SWD, recently and in the past, I have never felt that I and the crew have achieved so much success with a diverse range of youngsters with disabilities.

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Kristi has her sights set on sailing in this year’s Sydney - Hobart race. She shares her experiences of training for one of the world’s toughest yacht races…

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David Pescud has been nominated for the Pride of Australia Medal - one of News Corp Australia’s most important community endeavours — recognising and rewarding our community’s most outstanding members. David explains what racing to Hobart means for those living with disability.

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Brett Whiteley lost his right leg and arm in an accident in November 2013. He started sailing with sailors with disABILITIES in February 2014 and is now training hard each weekend with the SWD Hobart team and hoping to earn a much coveted place in the gruelling race. In June 2014 Henri Lloyd very generously supported Brett's campaign by donating a full set of Henri Lloyd Offshore Elite gear to Brett.

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Every single time I get on board an SWD yacht I am inspired by skippers, crew, participants, carers, mums, dads and friends. Every single one of them has a story and every single one of them teaches me something when I take the time to sit and listen. 

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Mark

Mark

Goode

Northern Campaign Skipper Mark says working with SWD has opened his eyes to what can be achieved. He is amazed at how an activity like sailing can benefit people so greatly, particularly those living…

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Brett

Brett

Whitely

Brett was just 44 when he lost his right arm and leg in a head-on collision with a ute. The ute was overtaking and didn't see Brett coming the other way. A few short months later, he was out racing with…

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David

David

Leslie

I have an inherited disability called CMT (Charcot Marie Toothe Syndrome) which is a neuro-muscular condition affecting mainly the legs and hands to varying degrees. I have weaknesses in my calves and…

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Grace

Grace

Kennedy

Grace Kennedy was born with Spina Bifida and has used a wheelchair for mobility all her life. In 2013, at the tender age of 19, she crewed in one of the world's toughest ocean races - the Rolex Sydney…

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David

David

D'Annunzio

David credits SWD with giving him a better appreciation of what people can achieve. Being an SWD member has shown him first-hand that the human spirit is more powerful than the body. 

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Al

Al

Grundy

I had never been on a yacht before but I realised I could put sails up, pull on ropes, and make things do things. As it turned out sailing opened up a window... which opened a door... which opened a bigger…

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Kristi

Kristi

Foster

Kristi Foster broke her back when she was just 21. Then just 16 weeks after surgery to repair her spine, she was in a car accident and broke her back and neck again.

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Kirk

Kirk

Watson

Kirk Watson is an accomplished sailor. His first sail down the Australian coast was at the tender age of 7 in a 32 foot motor sailor... and he's been on the water every spare moment since. Kirk sharpened…

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Chelsea

Chelsea

Cranfield

After participating in the Try Sail day, Chelsea came home and could not stop talking about it. It was such a wonderful time, and she felt secure and stable on the bigger boat. Every time she sees a boat…

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Mark

Mark

Thomson

Mark enjoys his association with SWD for many reasons. In his words, the crew "don't get inflated syndrome by big-noting their achievements - despite their significance." Put simply, "SWD is a really…

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