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Clagett Head Coach Betsy Alison awarded the ISAF President's Development Award


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C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta
Clagett Head Coach Betsy Alison awarded the
ISAF President's Development Award

NEWPORT, R.I. (November 16, 2015) – The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta congratulates Clagett Head Coach, Betsy Alison (Newport, RI) on being awarded the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) President's Development Award for her outstanding achievement in the development of Para World Sailing in 2015.

Alison, received the award at the ISAF Annual Conference held November 7-14 in Sanya, China from ISAF President Carlo Croce. In her position as the Head Coach for US Sailing Paralympic team and Chair of the Para World Sailing Committee, Alison has continued her efforts in assisting adaptive sailors to be introduced to sailing and the many benefits it can bring. 

"We at The Clagett are very proud to hear the news of Betsy's ISAF President's Development Award in recognition of her efforts in adaptive sailing.  Clagett sailors have been the beneficaries of Betsy's knowledge and expertise over the last 10 years in her role with The  Clagett as Head Coach and we know how dedicated Betsy is to empowering adaptive sailors and increasing participation at adaptive sailing events", commented Clagett President and Co-Founder Judy McLennan (Portsmouth, RI).

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About the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta:  Founded in 2003, 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 youngster 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 stated mission is "to assist sailors in realizing their potential on the water by providing them both the knowledge and tools to improve their skills and the opportunity to use these skills in competition".  Tom Clagett's motto was "Reach for Success", which resonates with every Clagett participant.  The event includes all three boats that have been chosen as the equipment of the Paralympic classes: the three-person Sonar, the two-person SKUD-18 and the singlehanded 2.4 Metre.  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 everyday situations.

C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta 2015 sponsors: The Clagett organization would like to thank the following 2015 sponsors - Fiduciary Trust International and Three Golden Apples at the Platinum level; American International Group, Inc. (AIG) at the Gold level; The Horance A. Kimball & S. Ella Kimball Foundation at the Silver level; 7D Ranch, BNY Mellon, Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty, Innovative Construction Inc.,  John MacGowan Studio & Gallery and The Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission at the Bronze level. 

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