A man from Shoreham, UK, was born with his umbilical cord around his neck in 1973. The result was cerebral palsy. But he hasn’t let that stop him. Patrick Souiljaert has become an author, a motivational speaker, a meditation teacher, and now a sailor. The Argus reports.
Patrick began sailing in 2013. A friend of his told him about Sussex Sailability, an organization that helps people with disabilities to sail. He had never tried sailing before so he gave it a go.
He fell in love with the activity. By this third visit, he was sailing on his own. It’s now one of his regular weekend hobbies. For three years he only used a small boat. Then he decided to try team sailing.
The organization pairs people with disabilities with experienced sailors who volunteer to provide lessons on special boats. Many members are former sailors who have become disabled and still want to enjoy the water.
When people are brought low by disability, activities like these can be the thing that throws them a lifeline to a new purpose in life. If you have a child with disabilities, encourage them to try new things and seek out organizations that cater to the disabled for assistance.