New sailing chief for London
PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 August 2013
Regional officer excited by challenge
RYA Sailability is capitalising on the post-Paralympic buzz and has appointed new local regional organisers to their team to encourage people with disabilities to take to the water.
Regional officers are key in co-ordinating disability awareness training in the area, working with disabled sailors and local clubs and centres, and Nigel Bryan will cover the London area within the M25.
Bryan said: “I’ve been sailing since I was eight and progressed through the school and county sailing scheme in the days when the concept on inclusivity wasn’t even a dream.
“I have watched the development of Sailability with great interest and have seen it have impact in locations around the world.
“I’m now based in London at Greenwich Yacht Club and have the opportunity to help support the development of clubs across the capital and make small changes make a real difference.
“To me breaking down the barriers to getting on the water for everyone is a natural progression. The philosophy at Greenwich Yacht Club is “affordable boating” – through RYA Sailiability I’d like to help that concept add “for all” across as many clubs as possible in the region.”
RYA regional chairman Alan Woolford added: ”The London region of the RYA has been without an RO for some time and the various Sailability clubs, although doing excellent work, have lacked the opportunity to receive up to date information through a central contact.
“The new appointment will give an opportunity for ideas to flow between the clubs.”
Debbie Blachford, RYA Sailability manager, said: “Currently we have 170 Sailability clubs and centres in the UK and following the Paralympic Games we hope to see that number continue to grow.
“We’re delighted to welcome Nigel to our Sailability team and wish him every success in his new role.”
*RYA Sailability encourages and supports people with disabilities to take up the sport and helps clubs to develop facilities to deal with a wide and diverse range of abilities.
Through RYA Sailability over 20,000 people with a disability have been able to experience sailing and sail regularly.
Full details about the Sailability programme including contact details for your RO can be found at www.rya.org.uk/sailability or you can watch Sailability TV at www.ryasailability.tv
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