Will Street

  • Campaign Update

    At the beginning of 2015 the International Paralympic Committee announced that Sailing would not be included in the 2020 Paralympics. This was a severe blow for the sport of disabled sailing and sailing in general. It was hoped that the sports governing body, ISAF, could persuade the IPC to reverse its decision. This has not been possible. It is a very disappointing decision for all Paralympic sailors, including myself, as in reality all my training and efforts were focused on achieving my ultimate goal at the 2020 Paralympics.

    In May Helena Lucas was selected for the single GBR 2.4mR place at the 2016 Paralympics. Helena is the current Paralympic Champion and is in a good position to retain that title and I wish her good luck in Rio.

    No GBR selection decisions had been made in the other two Paralympic classes and so, with the backing of the British Sailing Team, I teamed up with Megan Pascoe in a SKUD 18. The plan was for us to sail in three events and then assess our options. We competed at Garda, Medemblik and Weymouth in chartered SKUD 18s and found ourselves on a very steep learning curve. By Weymouth we were very pleased with our progress and felt that, with our own boat and a few more months training, we could challenge the best in the world. Time was against us though and the British Sailing Team decided that they were not prepared to fund a second SKUD and so that experience ended for us in June.

    Since then I have returned to training hard in my 2.4mR preparing for the Open Worlds in August and the IFDS Disabled Worlds in December. For now my focus will be on winning the Open and IFDS Worlds in the coming years although, with no current Paralympic status, lack of funding is likely to increase that challenge.

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At the age of twelve, I was diagnosed with Freidriechs Ataxia, a degenerative genetic disorder which affects my nerves and muscle co-ordination. I have chosen not to research my condition as I would rather live for today and focus on the life I lead rather than dwell on what might be.

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Para World Sailing Championships Sheboygan USA, 16-22 September

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