Antigua and Barbuda, the sailing capital of the Caribbean will be the first Caribbean island to host World Sailing’s Paralympic Development Program set to begin on January 26, 2019.
An official invitation has been extended to Sailability Antigua to host the special program which assists in the development of national Para World Sailing training programs as well as support for Para World Sailors and their coaches through a number of dedicated performance clinics.
The Paralympic Development Program (PDP), which will run for two weeks at the National Sailing Academy in Falmouth, will see at least 24 persons from 6 countries around the world participating in the program with preference given to female sailors and/or youths under 19 years old.
Parasailing was removed from the Paralympics ostensibly in 2015 because Parasailing did not meet the criteria laid out in the International Paralympic Committee Handbook’s minimum criteria for worldwide reach.
Word Sailing which is the governing body of sailing has determined that they will develop a Para Sailing development program and are currently hosting the Paralympic in different countries around the world in hopes of reversing the decision in time for the Paris 2024 PARA Olympics.