Irish Sailing organised the first Watersports Inclusion Games this summer in Dun Laoghaire. The aim of the Games was two-fold: to encourage people of all abilities from the physical, sensory, intellectual and learning difficulty spectrums to come and try watersports; and to show watersports providers that with a bit of training and planning, they can facilitate people of all abilities on the water. 

The Games were a resounding success, with 125 volunteers providing activities for over 220 participants. Participants and their families had a chance to try sailing, rowing, canoeing/kayaking and fast boat rides. 

We’ve put together a short film which we hope encourages people to get involved – as an organiser, a participant, or a volunteer. If you’d like to find out more, please contact Ciaran Murphy at ciaran@sailing.ie

The Games are aimed primarily at secondary school-going boys and girls along with their families and friends, but are open to all ages to participate. Equipment will be provided. A programme of regional pre-event training is available for volunteer clubs and organisations however previous experience is NOT mandatory in order to participate in the games.

Clubs, organisations and community groups working with people with disabilities or from disadvantaged areas who are interested in bringing a group or individuals, or in having a presence at the expo element of the event, are invited to register their interest in what is to be an exciting and landmark occasion.

Clubs and organisations associated with sailing, rowing and canoeing, who already offer inclusive activities or who are interested in increasing their inclusive approach to training, are also invited to register their interest in attending the event or having a presence at the expo.