NURTURING ABILITY: Kevin Bourke watches as students from Banora Point High School enjoy sailing with Sailability on the Terranora Inlet.
NURTURING ABILITY: Kevin Bourke watches as students from Banora Point High School enjoy sailing with Sailability on the Terranora Inlet. Scott Davis

Help kids with disabilities to set sail

LIVING with a disability can be extremely challenging, especially for those with mobility difficulties.

Sailability on Tweed has helped school students living with a disability to find freedom on the water since 2007.

But the volunteer-run group has faced challenges of its own in recent weeks, as demand for its services has boomed.

 

RIGHT: Lauren Grimwood, of Banora Point High School, enjoys her taste of sailing.
RIGHT: Lauren Grimwood, of Banora Point High School, enjoys her taste of sailing. Scott Davis

As the volunteers are mostly retirees who like to travel, Sailability vice- president Kevin Bourke said they needed a bigger volunteer base.

"Getting them out into a boat puts them into an experience that's really unique," Mr Bourke said.

"A lot of them are non-verbal but we know it's a wonderful feeling for them. The satisfaction of seeing people in the boats enjoying it, it's a thrill."

 

Matthew Grant, of Banora Point High School, enjoys sailing with Ken Alchin.
Matthew Grant, of Banora Point High School, enjoys sailing with Ken Alchin. Scott Davis

Banora Point High School teacher Stacy Arthurson said sailing was a great experience for the high-needs students.

"It's an activity they can participate in that they really love," she said.

While some sailing experience helps, it's not required and there are many roles available. Anyone interested can contact Mr Bourke on 0419 674 451.



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