The Inclusive Sport Award was
presented by Elaine Reid, Performance Sport Manager from Disability Sport NI to
the Chair of RYA Northern Ireland, Jackie Patton, at the organisation’s Annual
General Meeting on 29 October 2018.
RYA Northern Ireland has been
proactive in taking steps to develop access to boating activity, through
initiatives such as the RYA Sailability Scheme and Paralympic Pathway
RYA Northern Ireland Chair Jackie
Patton commented: “I am very proud that sailing is only the
fifth Governing Body of Sport in Northern Ireland to receive this award.
There is so much good work being done by sailing clubs to actively include
people with disabilities.
“Five sailing clubs are recognised
with Sailability Foundation Status and there are three RYA Active Sailability
groups across Northern Ireland. The schemes continue to grow from strength to
strength and I am so pleased to see that the results have been that we have
more people getting out on the water and having fun.”
The RYANI Sailability Co-Ordinator is
funded through Sport Northern Ireland.
Pic: Richard Honeyford, COO RYANI; Bob Harper, Sailability Coordinator RYANI; Elaine Reid, Performance Sport Manager DSNI; Jackie Patton, Chair RYANI