Karen-Ann Xaxier gave an enlightening presentation to the Shellbacks on the things that the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario is doing in the province, as well as giving the larger context of disabled sailing in Canada.
Technology and dedication are making sailing more and more available to disabled persons, and sailing is an ideal means of enjoying nature and independence.
The DSAO can be found at http://disabledsailingontario.com/.
ABOUT KAREN-ANN XAVIER
Karen-Ann Xavier is Vice-President of the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario, a registered charity dedicated to providing people living with a disability the opportunity to learn about and enjoy sailing. DSAO has been operating out of the Toronto Harbourfront since 1999, DSAO boats can be seen sailing in the Toronto inner harbour.
Karen-Ann Xavier has been volunteering with DSAO since 2003, with Mobility Cup since 2009 and the AbleSail Network since 2011. She also supports disabled sailing programs across Canada in an ‘ask the expert’ capacity. Mobility Cup is the Canadian National Championship of disabled sailing, the AbleSail Network is the Canadian association for disabled sailing. She is passionate about "enabling" and removing barriers to participation in sport.
Karen-Ann is an avid sailboat racer herself, and has raced for many years in different classes. Her passion is racing multihulls at the national and international level. She has also chaired and been on committees of many national and North American championships.
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