SWD has changed my life and through it I have met a bunch of interesting people and made new valuable friends. I enjoy sailing and how it gives people a different perspective on life. 

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Susan Talty
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Susan Talty's Story

Susan is a member of SWD. Her love of sailing and a strong desire to contribute to society led her to SWD. Susan has left full time employment and is now a consultant.  Her interest and involvement with children and people with a disability spans many years and recently she was on a disability workplace Committe to meet the Disability Legislation for current and future employees.  Lucky for us, she found SWD.

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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 SWD

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Brad Allen
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Brad Allen's Story

Sailing with the SWD team has been a great opportunity and an amazing learning experience. I hope I can continue to contribute to this great cause, and get some results with the team along the way..

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Tony Purkiss
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Tony Purkiss Story

I was declared legally blind after getting caught up in the Bali bombings in 2005. However, losing my sight hasn’t stopped me from sailing yachts of up to 83 feet in length.

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Albert Lee
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Albert Lee's Story

Australian born Chinese Albert has no legs but that doesn't stop him from being the fastest guy on the boat. With arms strengthened by international standard wheelchair racing, Albert can shoot through gaps that other able-bodied sailors have to clamber through - and with his low centre of gravity, Albert is never at risk of being 'man overboard'.

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Peter Behr
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Peter Behr's Story

Peter Behr began volunteering when he was 18 years old. His personal obligation to help others kept him affiliated with various sailing clubs and organisations including the Scouts, school P&C associations and most recently, the SES and SWD.

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David Leslie
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David Leslie's Story

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 hands, but my legs are "wobbly" and my gait, unnatural - to the extent that I was once thrown out of a pub because they thought I was drunk on the dance floor!

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Deb Jeffreys
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Deb Jeffreys Story

The time I spend with SWD fulfills many of my core values. Helping people is my passion - and combining this with teamwork, creativity, and a little sailing here and there, is a dream come true!

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David Pescud
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David Pescud's Story

Put yourself in David Pescud’s shoes in 1993.

You’re 46. Thanks to your own hard work and business savvy (and despite profound dyslexia) you’re financially bullet proof and able to retire.

You’ve just built a 50 foot yacht and you’re all set to take off for an idyllic life of cruising the oceans…

Sounds wonderful right?...

So why do you stop, take a massive u-turn, create a non-profit organisation called Sailors with disABILITIES and volunteer the next 20+ years of your life working tirelessly for it?

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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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