Sailing takes big step towards Paris 2024 Paralympics

Written by RYA | 31 January 2018

Sailing into Phase 2 of Paralympic selection

The RYA has welcomed the inclusion of sailing in the next stage of the application process to feature in the 2024 Paris Paralympics. 

Sailing was selected alongside golf, powerchair football and cerebral palsy football to be put forward for consideration alongside the existing 22 Paralympic sports. 

The International Paralympic Committee’s governing board also put karate and para dance sport through to phase 2, however these sports will be considered outside of the Paris 2024 Paralympic programme.    

It is positive news for sailing, which was dropped from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, however the decision does not guarantee inclusion at Paris 2024.   

Along with the other 25 sports up for consideration, sailing’s governing body World Sailing now has until 9 July 2018 to provide the IPC with detailed information on a number of issues including governance, rules and regulations, costs, anti-doping and athlete welfare.   

Ian Walker, the RYA’s Director of Racing, said: “We are delighted to hear that the IPC has confirmed that sailing will be one of the six sports progressing to Phase 2 of the application process.   

“The RYA and Britain’s Paralympic sailors have been working hard to support World Sailing’s bid for the re-inclusion of sailing in the Paralympic Games in 2024 but there is much more still to do.   

“While this is good news, it is important to realise that this is very early days and as a sport we need to keep working hard to promote sailing both within and outside of the Paralympic Games.”   

Great Britain is among the most successful nations in Paralympic sailing. Helena Lucas won the nation’s first gold medal in sailing at London 2012 in the 2.4mR class, and followed it up with a bronze at Rio 2016. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell got bronze medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016 in the SKUD class.  

The RYA works tirelessly to support disabled sailors of all levels through its ground-breaking Sailability community programme, and has announced that two types of funding will be available for disabled sailors this year.   

“We are delighted to announce two grant streams to support disabled sailors achieve their goals in 2018,” said Joff McGill, the RYA’s Sailability Manager. 

“The grants are a part of the work the RYA is doing in support of World Sailing and the efforts to see sailing reinstated as a Paralympic sport.   

“Firstly, the RYA is offering a number of event grants and event support for three key World Sailing events this summer – the World Cup Series in Hyeres, the European Para Championships in Kiel and the Para World Championships in Sheboygun.   

“Secondly, we are delighted that Goldsmiths are supporting a small number of individual grants for aspiring young disabled sailors to support their world class sailing ambitions. The RYA will be administering the grants.”

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