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12 February 2005, 09:21 pm
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RYA Sailability

RYA Sailability has been named as Sports Governing Body of the Year in the London Sports Awards, for its work in creating opportunities for people with disabilities to go sailing.
The charity, founded 10 years ago, received the award in recognition of Sailability for London, an initiative launched by HRH The Princess Royal in December 2004 to provide and promote accessible boating throughout London for all people with disabilities, not just as a one off experience but as a pastime to be enjoyed as regular recreation or competition.

During the year, a series of events were staged in London including the first open day water session staged in July at Surrey Docks, in conjunction with Tideway Sailability, which was short listed in the Awards as Club of the Year.

The programme earned praise from Awards organizers, the London Sports Forum for Disabled People.

'RYA Sailability was selected because of their success in making a difficult sport accessible to disabled people,' the LSF selection panel commented.

'They have helped develop coaching and leadership pathways in sailing for disabled people, and what is especially pleasing is their decision to adopt an integrated approach that allows disabled and non-disabled people to participate together.'

RYA Sailability was nominated alongside Essex Football Association and London Football Association and according to Clive CLIFFORD, RYA Sailability CEO who received the award at a special ceremony at London City Hall, the recognition was richly deserved.

On receiving the award, Clive Clifford commented: 'The award reflects the growing interest in sailing and shows how the greatly underutilised water facilities in London can be used to the benefit and enjoyment of the disabled community.'

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