DYC members behind Special Olympics Medallists

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Sarah Millsom & Alison Weatherly won the Level 2 competition at the Special Olympics Nationals
Sarah Millsom & Alison Weatherly won the Level 2 competition at the Special Olympics Nationals
Victoria's Special Olympics Sailing Team in Adelaide
Victoria's Special Olympics Sailing Team in Adelaide
Martin Waller won Silver in the Level 5 Male Solo competition at the Special Olympics Nationals
Martin Waller won Silver in the Level 5 Male Solo competition at the Special Olympics Nationals
Mark Thorpe won Bronze in the Level 5 Male Solo competition at the Special Olympics Nationals
Mark Thorpe won Bronze in the Level 5 Male Solo competition at the Special Olympics Nationals
David Weatherly was 5th in the Level 5 Male Solo competition at the Special Olympics Nationals
David Weatherly was 5th in the Level 5 Male Solo competition at the Special Olympics Nationals
David Staley, Monday, 26 April 2010

Victoria’s Special Olympics Sailing Team has won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals at the Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide.  Docklands Yacht Club members Alison Weatherly and Morgan Staley were Team Manager and Coach.

 

Held every four years, the National Games include a variety of sporting competitions for people with an intellectual disability.  Sailing was included for the first time in 2010 and drew entries from five States and Territories. Results of the event will be used to select an Australian Team for the Special Olympics World Summer Games Sailing Competition in Athens next year.

 

Sarah Millsom (Latrobe Valley YC), sailing with Unified Partner Alison Weatherly, finished with a first and second placing in the last races to overtake the regatta favourites and claim the Gold Medal in the Level 2 Competition overall and top female crew.  In this level, the Special Olympics athlete must helm for the entirety of the race.

 

In the Level 5 male solo division, Martin Waller (Sugarloaf SC) won the Silver Medal and was third overall, while Mark Thorpe (Lake Wellington & Latrobe Valley YCs) won the Bronze Medal and was fifth overall.  Martin and Mark both also have a physical disability and were the only competitors to use servo-electric equipment to control their boats.  David Weatherly (Ballarat YC) was fifth.

 

The regatta comprised six races for each Level sailed over three days at the Adelaide Sailing Club at West Beach.  Conditions were light for the first two days and the tidal flow made the course challenging for all.  The two-person Levels were sailed in Access 303s and the single-person Level in the Access 2.3.

 

Sailability Victoria worked in conjunction with Special Olympics Victoria to establish a Special Olympics Sailing Program last year.  The Victorian Team was decided following a selection regatta held at Docklands in August and an intensive training program was hosted by Docklands, Blairgowrie, Mornington and Latrobe Valley Yacht Clubs. 

 

With all the competitors coming from various parts of regional Victoria, strong family support was essential to enable the team to come together regularly for training sessions. 

 

Congratulations to Alison, Morgan and the team for such a great result.

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