4th September 2006
DISABILITY IS NO OBSTACLE FOR STUDENT SAILOR
being in a wheelchair Susan who has Cerebral Palsy spent a two weeks aboard the
Lord Nelson, one of 80 ships taking part in the first leg of the race from St
21-year-old from Deeping St James in
“While in my final year at university I decided I needed something to look forward to, to help me get through my studies, so I applied for sponsorship from the Jubilee Sailing Trust to enter the Tall Ships Race,” said Susan.
“This is the second year running I’ve completed a voyage but this year was particularly memorable as it was the 50th Anniversary Tall Ships’ race. As one of the crew members I got to helm the ship and work with the rest of the voyage crew to set the sails, but we also had to wash the windows, clean the toilets and sand down the rails. It’s hard work but great fun.
“One of the highlights of the trip was doing an assisted climb up the ship’s foremast, which is 33 feet high. Although I didn’t make it to the top I managed to reach the first platform which was quite an achievement.”
came to the
“Coming to university was a bit of a shock at first,” said Susan. “However I received a lot of support from the university’s disability service (DART) who provided me with specialist equipment such as a laptop computer and a special chair.”
After she graduates Susan is hoping to do voluntary work with the Treloar Trust and eventually train to become an occupational therapist.
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