Sail­abil­ity club hosts con­fer­ence

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT ON THE WATER -

SAIL­ABIL­ITY Whit­sun­day hosted the state con­fer­ence for clubs in Queensland at the Colo­nial Palms Mo­tor Inn in Air­lie Beach on July 4-6.

Sail­abil­ity, a not-for-profit, world­wide or­gan­i­sa­tion, pro­vides peo­ple with spe­cial needs, dis­abil­i­ties or who are at a so­cial or phys­i­cal dis­ad­van­tage the means to de­velop their in­ter­est in sail­ing, re­gard­less of age or ex­pe­ri­ence.

The con­fer­ence brought clubs to­gether from var­i­ous re­gions in Queensland un­der the theme of “Shar­ing and Ex­pand­ing Our Hori­zon”.

The ses­sions run for vol­un­teers in­cluded Im­prov­ing the Client Ex­pe­ri­ence, On Wa­ter Op­er­a­tions, Vol­un­teers and other is­sues re­lat­ing to ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Sail­abil­ity Whit­sun­day president Adrian Pelt em­pha­sised that the benefits en­joyed by par­tic­i­pants are im­mense. “Apart from the pure en­joy­ment and de­light of sail­ing, the ex­pe­ri­ence brings a new per­spec­tive to many dis­abled peo­ple’s lives,” Mr Pelt said.

“For most it is like noth­ing else they have ex­pe­ri­enced. For some it has not only led to im­proved health but also led them to par­tic­i­pate in the Dis­abled Spe­cial Olympics.”

Del­e­gates from all over Queensland got on the wa­ter at the con­clu­sion of the event on Fri­day af­ter­noon to par­tic­i­pate in an en­joy­able re­lay race.

Mr Pelt said the club was ea­ger to re­cruit more vol­un­teers to ex­tend op­por­tu­ni­ties to more of the dis­abled com­mu­nity in Air­lie Beach.

Vol­un­teer positions are avail­able on shore as well as on the wa­ter. No ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired.

In­for­ma­tion about vol­un­teer­ing at Sail­abil­ity Whit­sun­day can be found on the Face­book page.

PHOTO: CLAUDIA ALP

Ken Riley and Ken Hock­ing in the re­lay race.

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