"Winning a Paralympic sailing Gold Medal in Atlanta in 1996 was a magical moment for me but real magic is seeing the faces of all the disabled people who complete their first competitive race, and appreciating their great joy in having achieved so much. Over the past 17 years the Foundation and sailing has brought me into contact with some amazing people with disabilities who have proved that even the most severe disability is no bar to competing at the highest level.
I was thrilled at Helena Lucas’s success at Weymouth when she won Gold in the 2.4. Now with the RYA Coach, Matt Grier, the Foundation is supporting a project to find and train the next generation of Paralympic hopefuls. The first 15 competitors, including two blind sailors Lucy Hodges and Liam Cattermole, have already attended training weekends at the CCYC in Cowes. I am now looking to raise funds to expand this project.
I would like to increase the fleet of Sonars and 2.4s, the single handed boat, and also to offer some personal support in the form of help with travel costs and clothing to those prospective Paralympic sailors who cannot yet access any other funding," Andy Cassell