Lewis off to Sea!
Teesdale Lions Young Ambassador Lewis Baillie pictured at the Multiple District Finals of the Young Ambassador of the 21st Century a couple of weekends ago. He won the Ship Shape award which means that he will spend a week on a tall ship with able bodied and disabled people. What a wonderful experience. He so deserves this award and will come away with a week full of memories.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust has its origins in the 1960s and 70s, when opportunities for outdoor education including offshore sailing were growing for the able-bodied. However there still existed a negative attitude towards what disabled people could and “should” do. Meanwhile, the man who became JST’s founder, Christopher Rudd, had been working with disabled and special needs children, teaching them to sail dinghies. At that time, the possibility for disabled people to sail at all, even in sheltered waters, was a major advance. Yet his practical experience working with people of mixed physical abilities convinced him that there was no reason why they should not be given the same opportunities as able-bodied people. He believed that the obstacles to sailing offshore were to a large extent artificial and could be overcome by thoughtful design and proper equipment. In addition, he believed that if physically disabled people were to sail alongside able-bodied people as part of the crew, it would help break down the prejudices and misunderstandings between people with different circumstances in life.
It sounds like Lewis will have the experience of a lifetime!