Bob finds it very satisfying to see the fun and joy of the young people who do "Try Sails" with SWD and at 74 he enjoys the fun and camaraderie of SWD.

Bob wants to let people still at work know that there is life after retirement: for him his SWD experience has been among the best years.

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David Pescud has been nominated for the Pride of Australia Medal - one of News Corp Australia’s most important community endeavours — recognising and rewarding our community’s most outstanding members. David explains what racing to Hobart means for those living with disability.

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Brett Whiteley lost his right leg and arm in an accident in November 2013. He started sailing with sailors with disABILITIES in February 2014 and is now training hard each weekend with the SWD Hobart team and hoping to earn a much coveted place in the gruelling race. In June 2014 Henri Lloyd very generously supported Brett's campaign by donating a full set of Henri Lloyd Offshore Elite gear to Brett.

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So there we were, out in the ocean with this little boy on the helm turning a 54ft racing yacht around and around and around with everybody screaming with laughter on this nautical merry-go-round ride. It was priceless! We got back to the dock and he couldn't wait to tell his Mum what he'd been doing. She later told us he hadn't stop talking about his wonderful time on the boat.

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Every single time I get on board an SWD yacht I am inspired by skippers, crew, participants, carers, mums, dads and friends. Every single one of them has a story and every single one of them teaches me something when I take the time to sit and listen. 

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Keith Travers
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Keith Traver's Story

Volunteering is important to Keith and he likes to try and make a difference. He was encouraged to join SWD by friends already doing the same.

Keith has been with SWD four years now and is a real asset to the organisation.


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Ray Anthony
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Ray Anthony's Story

My time as a volunteer has far exceeded my expectations. I thought I would be pushing wheelchairs onto a boat - but the time I spend with SWD helps me personally. I get a kick out of helping people and learning skills - I love it!

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Kevin Moore
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Kevin Moore's Story

I began sailing in Canberra when I was 11. My brother and I joined the YMCA SC program (learning to sail MJs) and bought a VJ.  We entered every race and met plenty of great people along the way. I regularly sailed on Manly Graduates, NS14s and Sharpies. 

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Helen Chapman
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Helen's Story

Helen leads a full and varied life yet her involvement with SWD has enriched it more than she could have imagined. She contributes by crewing on the boats and assisting with the administration of school bookings, and is also helping put together an SWD workbook from which students will learn the basics of sailing.

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Chelsea Cranfield
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Chelsea's Story

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 she says "That's the one!" or a bridge "We went under that, mum!" referring to it as "My boat."

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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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