UK hopefuls for the Invictus Games 2018 trialled in Sailing after the sport was introduced for the first time to the Invictus Games programme.
70 hopefuls, all wounded, injured and sick Veterans and Service Personnel, took part in the trials which were held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) last week (28-29 March).
This year, 451 hopefuls, more than ever before, applied to be a part of the UK Team across 11 sports, a 47 per cent increase on the number who applied to be a part of the team in Toronto 2017.
Sailing is one of the 11 sports to feature in the Invictus Games which for 2018 will be held in Sydney from 20 - 27 October. The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event open to wounded, injured and sick (WIS) serving personnel and veterans set up by Prince Harry.
The boat classes for the UK Team are the Elliot7 and the Hansa 303 and five sailors will be confirmed in May as part of the wider 72-strong UK team.
Previously training events for UK Team sailing hopefuls took place at Rutland Sailing Club, Oakham and Whitefriars Sailing Club, Gloucestershire, offering hopefuls the opportunity to get out on the water and to have a go at sailing in a range of adapted boats.
RYA Sailability Manager Joff McGill said: "It's been a fantastic few days and it's going to be absolutely great to see sailing in the Games in October. These sailing trails would not have been possible without the support of WPNSA, Chesil Sailability, the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre at Portland and New Forest Sailability to name just a few".
Jayne Kavanagh, Chef de Mission for the UK Team and Performance Pathway Manager at Help for Heroes said: "We are extremely excited that sailing has been introduced to the Invictus Games for the very first time. It is an inclusive, and adaptable sport, which will allow more Veterans and Service Personnel who have suffered life changing injuries and illnesses to benefit from how empowering sport can be in their recovery. We have seen through previous years the extraordinary power the Invictus Games has to transform lives and I have no doubt that all of our hopefuls will benefit from being part of the 2018 programme."
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