Sailability club hosts conference
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.
Ken Riley and Ken Hocking in the relay race.