More than 1,100 excursions were made on the Wexford water during the Watersports Inclusion Games, a wonderful initiative by Sailing Ireland.
This is the fifth year of the games, which provided participants of varying abilities and disabilities with the opportunity to try Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Rowing, Paddleboarding, Powerboating, Motorboating, Dragonboating, Waterskiing, Snorkelling and Tennis.
Sport Ireland CEO Dr Una May attended the event, which was hosted by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club located on the Slaney River estuary and was witnessed by a record crowd attendance for the event.
The Watersports Inclusion Games is a free multi-watersport opportunity that caters for those with varying physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities and from minority backgrounds.
The award-winning event showcases the latest adaptations and innovations for optimised watersports delivery and promotes the benefits to health and wellbeing of accessible inclusive participation on the water.
Almost 400 people of all ages participated at three different venues. Snorkelling and Tennis entered the calendar for the first time this year including the opportunity to play alongside the Irish Visually impaired Tennis Team. Dragonboating also made its much-anticipated debut.
Congratulations to all the participants and partners involved in this year’s wonderful event. Watersports Inclusion Games is organised by Irish Sailing in association with Canoeing Ireland, Rowing Ireland, Irish Wakeboarding and Waterski Federation, Diving Ireland, Sports Active Wexford, Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club, Spinal Injuries Ireland, Shielbaggan OEC, supported by Sailability Ireland, Sport Inclusion Ireland, Slaney Purple Paddlers, Kinsale OEC, Ramor Watersports Club, Waterabilities, Wet Mongrel Adventure, and many others.
Source: Sport Ireland