Thai sailors to compete at Para World Sailing Championships
Published: Friday, 14 September 2018
For the first time, Thailand is sending sailors to the Para World Sailing Championships in Sheboygan, USA from September 18-22.
(Photo: Thai sailors Suraphong Chitkhong (left) and Paisal Pa-teh (right), together with Narong Rattanasopa (centre), as they depart Suvarnabhumi Airport on their way to the 2018 Para World Sailing Championships in the USA.)
Suraphong Chitkhong and Paisal Pa-teh, both from Pattaya, will take part in a pre-event sailing clinic before the event.
“This is a very special moment for sailing in Thailand. Never before have Thailand sent sailors to the Para World Sailing Championships and Disabled Sailing Thailand are very proud to be doing so this year,” commented Peter Jacops, founder of Disabled Sailing Thailand.
“Our Thai sailors have been undergoing training with coaches at Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya and while this is very early days for Para Sailing in Thailand, the clinic before the Worlds is an excellent opportunity for our Thai sailors to learn more and the World Championships will be an experience never to be forgotten I'm sure.”
In 2015, the International Paralympic Committee opted to drop sailing from the 2020 Paralympics, which led to the founding of Disabled Sailing Thailand. The non-profit organisation aims to make the sport more accessible for people with disabilities and ultimately to support the reintroduction of sailing to the Paralympics.
“We have been working closely with World Sailing, the sport's world governing body, and they have been very supportive in helping us send sailors from Thailand to this year's World Championships. There are 125 sailors from 36 countries taking part and we hope our Thai team will inspire others who wish to try sailing in the future,” added Jacops.