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Lake Garda saw some incredible action during the first ever Para Kiteboarding Development Programme which happened last month! See how it went in this video!

CEO of World Sailing, David Graham, says “Para Sailing is thriving despite what has been a challenging few years for global sport,” underlined Graham. “We now have Para Sailors active in 41 countries on five continents. Our dedicated Para Sailing Development Programme (PDP), created in 2017, has been key. We kicked off 2022 with our first PDP to be held in the Sultanate of Oman and just one week ago we held our first ever Para Kiteboarding PDP.”

The fast global growth of Para Sailing, the highly focused approach World Sailing is taking to increasing the number of female Para Sailors, and the fact that the sport is highly inclusive puts it in the frame for consideration by the International Paralympic Committee, which will finally decide in January 2023.

“Now, the International Paralympic Committee’s Governing Board has the difficult task of assessing applications from International Federations vying for a place on the LA28 Games plan, which currently considers 22 Paralympic sports – the same number as Rio, Tokyo and Paris – but now with more sports looking for inclusion. Our work is far from done,” explained Graham.

We look forward to hearing the outcome of their decision, and hope to see the Para Sailing community recognised in the LA2028 Paralympics! Read more about the Paralympic Games bid in this press release.

Wed 13th Jul, 2022 @ 9:00 am


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