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Remembering Judy Winship

By: Tanya Gallagher (QCDSC - Regina) with Jennifer Barnable (AbleSail Network National Board)

Judy Winship first became involved with the Queen City Disabled Sailing Club (QCDSC) in 2002 when it was still known as the Wind On My Wings Sailing Club. At that time, the club was operating as a summer program out of the office of the South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (SSILC).

In 2002, Judy approached SSILC for employment support services and found out about the program from the staff there. Being outgoing and open to trying new things, she thought the sailing club sounded both fun and interesting, so she gave it a try.  

What motivated Judy to get involved was the encouragement of the SSILC staff. They urged her to head to Wascana Lake where the QCDSC sails. So she did. Happily, Judy really enjoyed being outside, being part of the club and connecting with the other sailors.

Then, when Judy found out about the annual Mobility Cup regatta, and the opportunity for competitive sailing, she was all in. It certainly appealed to her appreciation for healthy competition and motivated her to continue sailing. Attending her first Mobility Cup made such a great impression on her that it helped motivate her to continue sailing every year. Unsurprisingly, she competed as often as she could!

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Paralympian Coach leads Canadian Sailing Team to Tokyo Olympics

(Halifax, NS—July 9, 2021) AbleSail Network Canada is proud to share that its Board Chair, Paul Tingley, is headed to the Olympic Games in Tokyo as coach of the Canadian 470 sailing team.

Tingley needs no introduction in the sailing world. A five-time Paralympian and triple medallist, he is considered one of the world’s top solo competitors in the sport. It’s little wonder he was approached to coach the Canadian crew of Jacob Saunders and Oliver Bone toward the Olympics. The trio departs from Halifax on Monday for Japan.

“I’m very excited to be involved with the 470 Men’s Olympic sailing team.They’ve been training a lot in home waters with our local experts, and we are ready to represent Canada,” said Tingley. “We will do our best, fight at every opportunity, and leave knowing that we gave it our all. It is an honour to wear the Maple Leaf at the international stage.”

When Tingley is not at the Olympics, he contributes his valuable expertise to AbleSail Network’s vision of increasing awareness of and participation in adapted sailing programs for Canadian sailors with disabilities.

“Based on my experience with disabled sailing and what it’s done for me in my life, I passionately believe in it.” Tingley explained. “I want to share the experience and make sure that others are aware that this opportunity is available to them.”

Hailing from a sports-obsessed family, he started sailing at age 10 and racing at 25. After a 1994 skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, Tingley fell in love with disabled sailing and joined Sail Able Nova Scotia as a member. Since then, he has been deeply involved in advocating the benefits of adapted sailing.

AbleSail Network’s Vice-Chair Paula Stone added, “We are absolutely thrilled to see Paul coaching the Canadian 470 sailing team and wish them the very best at the Olympics. It’s an exceptional accomplishment and example to the AbleSail community and all Canadians.”

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