Albert Lee's Story
Australian born Chinese Albert has no legs but that doesn't stop him from being the fastest guy on the boat. With arms strengthened by international standard wheelchair racing, Albert can shoot through gaps that other able-bodied sailors have to clamber through - and with his low centre of gravity, Albert is never at risk of being 'man overboard'.
Albert fell under a train in Sydney in 1983 and lost both legs above the knees. He was in his third year of studies at university. Despite this traumatic life-changing accident, he finished his studies in the same class and without needing additional time to complete his degree.
Regardless of his injuries, Albert is one of the most competitive members of the team. It is no surprise then to discover that he represented Australia in Sitting Volleyball at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. He has also competed in wheelchair tennis and basketball, seated waterskiing, hand-cycling, and in wheelchair marathons.
Albert is part of the SWD crew that holds the record for the non-stop unassisted circumnavigation of Australia, and he has taken part in four Rolex Sydney to Hobart races.
When he's not sailing the high seas, Albert is an optometrist in a suburb south of Sydney. He regularly volunteers for community work in under-privileged regions, and was part of the relief effort in tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka, providing spectacle corrections to people who lost everything. Albert also works in rural and remote communities providing eye care and spectacles to Indigenous Australians.