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21 March 2007, 09:31 am
Disabled Children Have A Go!
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Twelve children with disabilities took to the water last week in Northland thanks to the Halberg Trust, Whangarei Cruising Club and Yachting New Zealand's Sailing… Have a Go! programme.
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'A great success,' said Halberg Trust Northern Region Manager, Jo O'CALLAGHAN. 'The weather was not ideal, but this did not faze any of the participants and I believe they all had a fantastic experience.'

Northern region Sailing… Have a Go! instructor Rob HIELKEMA was popular with the students and HIELKEMA felt that the day was one of the most rewarding he has had as an instructor.

'Rob did a great job of making all the children feel safe and encouraged them to challenge themselves,' said O'CALLAGHAN. 'Part of the challenge for the Halberg Trust is to increase the awareness in schools on the ability that their disabled students have - given the opportunity. I will be promoting the programme as the perfect example in highlighting that disabled students and non-disabled students are able to participate in an activity together utilizing the same environments. I will also encourage schools to include their disabled students when they sign up for Sailing…Have a Go and will strongly recommend the programme to groups that have a focus of getting disabled children active.'

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Sailing...Have a Go! is a programme offered to schools throughout New Zealand. It is designed to give students in Year 6, 7 & 8 the opportunity to experience the pleasure of sailing in a safe and well managed environment and most importantly, have fun! Yachting New Zealand would like to encourage their continued involvement in the sport.

About Connect To Sailing

Connect to Sailing is a global initiative led by ISAF to increase participation in sailing. It is based upon grass roots activities with a focus on youth. Connect to Sailing is supported by six Sailing Industry partners: the European Confederation of Nautical Industries, Performance Sailcraft Europe, Hyde Sails Ltd, Neilson Active Holidays Ltd, Tack Tick and Ron Holland Design.

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European Confederation of Nautical Industries Performance Sailcraft Europe Hyde Sails Ltd Neilson Active Holidays Ltd Tack Tick Ron Holland

For more on the initiative visit the ISAF Connect to Sailing microsite - or contact the Connect to Sailing team by CLICKING HERE.

For all the news on Connect to Sailing CLICK HERE.

Mel Blackmore (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The Sailing… Have A Go! trailer:© Yachting New Zealand
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