Mark Goode reckons he owes his marriage and the relationship he enjoys with his kids - to sailing
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 with disability or stress. “I see it as an immense privilege to be given this opportunity.” he says.
Mark dedicated 20 years to law enforcement with the NSW and Federal Police. He toured East Timor and Sudan with the UN and returned to Australia in 2008. During this time, he saw a lot of conflict and was under a great deal of stress. The pressure became too much and almost led to the breakdown of his marriage.
Mark turned to the sea to relieve stress. He found sailing therapeutic, and was able to relax and take his mind off work. He completed his Yacht Master’s certification in 2013 and began ‘transitioning’ (as he likes to call it) from law enforcement and into a professional sailing career.
“I was fortunate to receive a call from David (Pescud)”, he says, who invited him out for a day sail. Mark stood by in amazement as they loaded four people in wheelchairs onto the back of the boat. At the time he thought it was a bit crazy - but he says it was done safely. Mark’s uncle has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.
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 with disability or stress.