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Watersports Inclusion Games
Sailing at a previous Watersports Inclusion Games
This year’s Watersports Inclusion Games, which had been set for 5-6 September at Lough Derg Yacht Club, have been cancelled over continued coronavirus concerns. In a statement, Irish Sailing said that “the current trajectory of the virus spread, coupled with…
Enable Ireland participants Callum O'Mahony from Douglas with volunteers taking part on board the Wheelyboat at the Watersports Inclusion Games 2019
Over 250 people with physical, sensory, intellectual and learning disabilities took part each day in a “splashingly” good weekend at the third annual Watersports Inclusion Games in Kinsale writes Treasa Cox This year’s participants tried out more sports than ever…
Canoeing and sailing at the Watersports Inclusion Games
More than 250 people with physical, sensory, intellectual and learning disabilities are set for a ‘splashing’ good time this weekend when they take to the water for the third annual Watersports Inclusion Games in Kinsale this weekend. This year’s participants…
Kinsale's Gina Griffin, the World Disabled Sailing Championships sailor came second overall in the European 2.4 Para section at Gydnya, Poland Regatta in 2017
Four hundred and fifty participants have registered for the Watersports Inclusion Games according to Dave O’Sullivan, Commodore of Kinsale Yacht Club where a Disability Awareness Training Day this Saturday is a prelude to the hosting of the Games on the…
Canoe polo at the second Watersports Inclusion Games in Galway last year
The third Watersports Inclusion Games will take place in Kinsale this August. Building on the success of Dublin in 2017 and Galway in 2018, Kinsale Yacht Club will host the biggest showcase yet of inclusive watersports activity on Saturday 24…
Galway Welcomes Nearly 200 To Second Watersports Inclusion Games
#Sailability - Galway hosted the second Watersports Inclusion Games last weekend (25-26 August) for 198 participants with all abilities on the physical, sensory, intellectual and learning difficulty spectrums. First held in Dun Laoghaire in June 2017, the two-day event aims…
Irish Sailing expects to welcome 100 participants each day to the Watersports Inclusion Games in Galway
There are three days to go to the Watersports Inclusion Games in Galway this weekend, 25th and 26th August. The Games provide a chance for participants with various abilities on the physical, sensory, intellectual and learning difficulty spectrums to try…
125 volunteers provided activities for over 220 participants at the inaugural Watersports Inclusion Games at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The weekend of 24 June saw the inaugural Watersports Inclusion Games taking place in Dun Laoghaire at the Royal St. George Yacht Club with 125 volunteers providing activities for over 220 participants with various abilities on the physical, sensory, intellectual…
Pictured at today's launch at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club are (L-R) Johanne Murphy, ISA Inclusion Games Officer, Harry Hermon, CEO ISA, Nadine Lattimore, Oisin Putt and Mark Pollock
Mark Pollock, Commonwealth Medal Winner in Rowing, Round Ireland Sailor, Adventurer and Cure for Paralysis activist has launched the inaugural Watersports Inclusion Games, organised by the Irish Sailing Association. The Games is a free event which will allow people of…
Volunteers Required For Watersports Inclusion Games
#Sailability - Volunteers are required for the Watersports Inclusion Games at the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire on 24-25 June. The free event celebrates sailing, rowing and canoeing activities for people of all abilities from the physical, sensory,…

About the Watersports Inclusion Games

The Watersports Inclusion Games are an award-winning event organised by Irish Sailing with partners from across the watersports sector, that enable people of all abilities from the physical, sensory, intellectual and learning spectrums to take to the water to participate in a wide range of water activities.

More than 250 people with physical, sensory, intellectual and learning disabilities typically take part in the weekend's events.

Participants will have the opportunity to try more sports than ever before, with an expanded range including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, rowing, surfing, water skiing and powerboating all on offer.

The Games typically take place each August.

The organisers of the Games want to let people of all abilities know that there are multiple watersports available to them, and to encourage more people from all backgrounds to get involved and out on the water regardless of ability. They aim to highlight that any barriers faced by people with disabilities can be eliminated.

There are social, health and wellness benefits associated with sailing and all watersports. These include improved muscle strength and endurance, improved cardiovascular fitness and increased agility, enhanced spatial awareness, greater mental wellness through the balancing of serotonin levels and the lowering of stress levels, improved concentration and the forging of positive relationships.

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