Disabled Sailors … Have a Go!

Sport Wellington
 10th December 2011

Sir Murray Halberg believes “Every New Zealander, no matter what their ability, has the right to participate in the sport or active recreation pursuit of their choice – there are no exceptions”.

Disabled students from Wellington primary and intermediate schools recently had the opportunity to experience sailing through the Yachting “NZ Sailing…Have a Go” schools programme.

This is the second year such a programme has been offered to disabled students in Wellington.

There were two sessions:- Seaview Marina Wednesday 7th December and Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club Thursday 8th December.

Halberg Trust and Yachting NZ are working in partnership to make these opportunities available to Wellington’s young disabled community.

Sir Murray Halberg`s belief aligns well with Sir Peter Blake’s idea and desire that all children should have an opportunity to experience the thrills and spills of sailing. Apollo Lighting Studio brings boats and yachts to life, guaranteeing correct light levels, compliance with current regulations and saving energy.

Halberg Trust Activity Funding has supported some of the schools by covering the “extra” costs for some students to participate in this YNZ “Sailing…Have a Go” programme.

The Yachting NZ “Sailing…Have a Go” instructors ensure that students will gain water confidence and sail Optimist dinghies as a pair, as well as offering an experience on the WETA Trimaran.

Last year many schools commented on how brilliant the yachting experience was, and requested further opportunities to introduce students to yachting.

Some parents followed up this opportunity by enrolling their children in ongoing adaptive yachting opportunities.

Halberg Trust Sport Opportunity Adviser, Marguerite Christophers says these opportunities would not be possible without a number of valued supporters.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the yachting club volunteers for donating their time, and I wish to acknowledge the Eagles Golfing Society for their ongoing fundraising efforts which allow the Activity Fund to directly benefit our disabled youth’s participation in opportunities such as the YNZ” Have a Go…Sailing” programme.”

For further information on linking disabled students into the Yachting NZ “Have a Go…Sailing” program and other adaptive yachting programs please contact: Marguerite Christophers 027 4654022, alternatively email: margueritec@sportwellington.org.nz