They say you can tell a lot about someone's lifestyle aspirations by looking at their car. Whilst enjoying so many Try Sail Days I've realised the same can be said for wheelchairs. They are customised to reflect the owners personality, and this can help me in communicating with the driver. For instance, There was the young bloke whose chair was like a flash ute; he was a footy fan, sharp as a tradie and a sense of humour to match.

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Al Grundy
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Al Grundy's Story

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 door...but of course I didn't realise what was happening in those early days.

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David Leslie
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David Leslie's Story

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 hands, but my legs are "wobbly" and my gait, unnatural - to the extent that I was once thrown out of a pub because they thought I was drunk on the dance floor!

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Tony Purkiss
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Tony Purkiss Story

I was declared legally blind after getting caught up in the Bali bombings in 2005. However, losing my sight hasn’t stopped me from sailing yachts of up to 83 feet in length.

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Kristi Foster
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Kristi's Story

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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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.

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I was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and thought my life was over. But of course it wasn't - I've come to understand that with the right attitude everything gets better. Now I see solutions rather than problems and have set my sights on joining the Sydney to Hobart team on board faceboat.

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Sally Richards
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Building a Life For Jackson

This is the story of how one small blonde woman had 4 sons in 6 years, one of whom has a profound intellectual disability and with the help and support of many people and organisations created a job, a home and a community for her son who requires 24 hour support. She also survived her husband's suicide in 2009.

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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 SWD

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Mark Thomson
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Mark Thomson's Story

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 good group to go sailing with".

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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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