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C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta

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Request for assistance to reinstate sailing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo

11-Feb-2015

C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta

Request for assistance to reinstate sailing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo

NEWPORT, R.I. (February 11, 2015) – On January 31, when the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that sailing would not be included as a sport for the 2020 Paralympic Games, by all accounts the news was not anticipated.

ISAF is now actively making every effort to understand the decision of the IPC and work towards reinstating sailing as a sport in the Paralympic Games. To assist in this effort, ISAF is asking sailors across the world to unite on behalf of all disabled sailors and submit letters of support. These letters will be sent to the IPC along with a complete package of information about Paralympic sailing. Send letters  to disabled@isaf.com

On hearing the decision of the IPC, three time Paralympian (2.4mR) and gold medallist at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Bjornar Erikstad commented, "For the Paralympic Games, sailing should be there. In sailing you can be young, old, female, male and be on an equal playing field. It's about understanding the environment and what's around you that makes it unique. It has physical challenges and you have to be physically and mentally prepared.

In 2008, American sailor Nick Scandone was battling ALS (commonly known as Lou Gerig's Disease). Prior to his diagnosis, Scandone was a top 470 sailor and made the switch to Paralympic sailing. In the lead up to the 2008 Paralympic Games his condition deteriorated but his quest to sail kept him pushing hard.

Scandone went on to win the Gold medal, an extraordinary accomplishment. Sadly Scandone passed away a few months later and because of his heroic feat attention and awareness to people with the ALS was dramatically increased.

"The Clagett hopes and encourages all sailors from across the world to reach out to their friends and sailors to write to the above address to reinstate sailing in the Paralympics. We all also need to reach out to our National bodies as well and encourage as many National bodies to put pressure on the IPC to include sailing as a Paralympic sport in 2020.  To quote Dr. Bernard Destrube, “Produce exciting photos, moving stories, encourage compelling letters, from your national sailing federations, get signatures on the petition.  Use your network to get personal contacts so that each decision-maker of the IPC will want sailing back....,”  commented Clagett co-founder and President Judy McLennan (Portsmouth, RI).

About the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta:  Founded in 2002, the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta honors the late Tom Clagett (1916-2001), a U.S. Navy World War II veteran who learned to sail on Chesapeake Bay.  As a young man he suffered temporary paralysis as the result of a bout of meningitis; an experience that left him with a deep respect for the accomplishments of people with disabilities.  The Clagett’s mission is to assist sailors in realizing their potential on the water by providing them the knowledge and tools to improve their skills as well as the opportunity to utilize these talents in competition. Tom Clagett's motto was "Reach for Success," and it is these words The Clagett strives towards every year.

The event includes all three classes that have been chosen as the equipment of Paralympic Sailing : the three-person Sonar, the two-person SKUD-18 and the singlehanded 2.4 Metre (mR).  Clagett competitors have seen medal success at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games.  Competitors often comment that The Clagett has improved their quality of life as they apply what is achieved on the water to every day situations. 

Additional information can be found online at www.clagettregatta.org or follow The Clagett Regatta on Facebook

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