Mayor of Galway launches Watersports Inclusion Games 2018
On Friday 25th May 2018, the Mayor of Galway, Pearce Flannery and Hildegarde Naughton T.D., launched the Watersports Inclusion Games, an event celebrating Sailing, Rowing and Canoeing for people of all abilities from the physical, sensory, intellectual and learning spectrums, and of all ages and demographics. The games, which will take place in Galway City on 25th and 26th August, were launched with Paralympian Sailor John Twomey, World Para-‐Sailor Gina Griffin, along with Special Olympian Kayaker Ian Staunton.
Following the success of the inaugural games held in Dun Laoghaire last year, this year’s event will take place at two venues in Galway city. The spectacular setting of the Commercial Boat Club on the River Corrib at Woodquay will be the venue for the taster activities offered in a variety of watersports disciplines (including sailing, canoeing, rowing and boat trips). In tandem with this, Galway Bay Sailing Club, operating from Galway docks, will host two Sailability Ireland (disabled sailing) National Championships which will see competitive racing running on Galway Bay.
This event will follow a nationwide schedule of inclusion training and awareness drives activated by the organising bodies, Irish Sailing in association with Rowing Ireland, Canoeing Ireland, Galway Local Sports Partnership and supported by Spinal Injuries Ireland. The kayaking, sailing and rowing clubs of Galway, together with local scout groups and other clubs and organizations from around the country, will support the event with resources and inclusion trained volunteers, instructors and facilitators who will host activities which will be specially adapted for all abilities. The games and its initiatives are enabled by grant funding from Sport Ireland Dormant Accounts Sports Inclusion Fund.
Speaking at the launch, 11 times Paralympian John Twomey said: ’I am delighted to be here to help launch the 2018 Inclusion Games. It is events such as this, that will help to inspire people of all abilities to take part in watersports activity and perhaps even one day compete for Ireland in Paralympic sport.’
Harry Hermon, Chief Executive of Irish Sailing spoke at the launch, stating: ‘Now in its second year, the Inclusion Games is already becoming an annual landmark occasion, celebrating inclusive watersports activity. By raising national awareness of inclusive opportunities, and encouraging more training centres and watersports providers to adopt an equal-‐access approach to watersports delivery, we aim to perpetuate a culture of inclusive best-‐practice throughout watersports.’
For further details and to register for the games, go to the Irish Sailing website: www.sailing.ie/watersportsinclusiongames or email: firstname.lastname@example.org