Sailors with disABILITIES

SWD September Newsletter

In this newsletter you'll read about:

  • NSW Volunteer Team of the Year Award
  • Sydney to Hobart preparation
  • Volunteer Interview
  • Northern Campaign wrap up
  • Testimonials: drawings by children in the Northern Campaign
  • Volunteer poetry
  • Partnership with UTS Shopfront Program
  • ACT Campaign closes successfully
  • Twilight racing begins in Sydney 
  • SWD Patron, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
  • NDIS related resources and events
  • SWD social media links

NSW Volunteer Team of the Year award 

SWD is once again proud to share with you that, in September, SWD received the Volunteering NSW Award for Volunteer Team of the Year for the Winds of Joy & Winds of Change volunteer teams, Sydney region. Dozens of volunteers have supported SWD over the years in both of those programs and made the success of the programs possible. We wish to thank all of those volunteers for their commitment and support which underpins all the SWD does and helped gain recognition through this award.

SWD's Sharon and Peter dressed up in SWD gear receiving their award from the Hon Tanya Plibersek.

NSW Volunteer Team Awards

NSW Volunteer Team Awards 2


Sydney to Hobart preparation

SWD's crew for the Sydney to Hobart race have begun training on weekends in earnest. With only 8 weeks until the start of the race, every day of racing and sailing makes a difference. We will bring you more details in the next newsletter at the end of November. The crew over one of the weekends in September. 

Sydney to Hobart preparation

 Sydney to Hobart preparation 2


Volunteer interview with Kristi Foster

You can read about SWD volunteers by clicking this link. Here’s a short excerpt from our interview with Kristi in September:

What made you want to volunteer with SWD?

I believe in the ethos of SWD with my very soul. Having been there, physically disabled, and still struggling day to day with crippling pain, I bring a unique perspective to their struggles, too.

What have you found the greatest challenge?

I live in Coffs so I train it down each weekend for training and return home again. My greatest challenge is getting on a train week after week to ride for ten-and-a-half hours overnight to race the next day, only to repeat that a day later going home again. Sometimes the challenge is overcoming the pain to race to sail.

Kristi in Northern Campaign


Northern Campaign Wrap Up

The Northern Campaign is an opportunity for SWD to deliver its Winds of Joy program in ports beyond Sydney in order to serve more individuals throughout the year. SWD leverages the benefit of finishing the Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race and arriving in Southport at the end of July which becomes the starting point for its Northern Campaign.

In 2015 SWD welcomed 895 participants, including 44 people in wheelchairs, in Southport, Coffs Harbour and Newcastle, from late July through to early September, culminating in its most prolific and successful Northern Campaign to date.

A selection of images from the Northern Campaign. You can see the whole album on Flickr

Students in the last week of the Northern Campaign in Newcastle enjoyed sailing on Kayle.

Newcastle Students Northern Campaign 2015

Northern Campaign Newcastle 2015

Some drawings students from Newcastle sent after their day with SWD

Newcastle Student drawing NC 2015 2

Newcastle Student drawing NC 2015

SWD Volunteers are Creative too

Mark Goode wrote this poem in Newcastle during the Northern Campaign during a volunteer poetry night

Mark Goode NC 2015 Newcastle

UTS Shopfront

UTS students interacted with SWD and families as part of the creative community experience when the students came on board on a Winds of Joy program day. This photograph is taken by the student team. SWD is working in partnership with UTS's shopfront program and a team of five students on an exciting project that will be released at the end of this month capturing the history of SWD. 

UTS Shopfront Student 1

UTS Students working on the day


act Campaign Thank You

The act campaign came to a close in late September after launching in late July. We wish to thank all supporters who contributed towards raising $6730.00. While the campaign set out to raise $660.00, thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, SWD is able to not only purchase a remote control to steer Kayle from the wheelchair, but begin saving towards equipment that can raise and lower wheelchairs onto yachts for all of our on-water programs. Thank you! 

About ACT: “What is ACT? act gives you the opportunity to earn and donate banking profits to a whole range of inspiring, community-focused projects - simply by doing something you already do everyday. ACT products are issued and backed by Bendigo Bank.”

Twilight Yacht Racing Season begins

The CYCA's  Twilight racing season is kicking off in Sydney. “The popular Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series commences on 7 October 2015, and runs through to 16 March 2016. SWD will participate. Please email Donna if you’re interested in joining the crew for this.

SWD Patron: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

We wish to congratulate SWD patron, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, in becoming Prime Minister of Australia in September. It was one of his first acts as Prime Minister to sign agreements with the NSW and Victorian Premiers for NDIS roll out across both states. 

We wish the Prime Minister every success in his new role and look forward to furthering our connection on matters SWD and disability across our programs.

NDIS resources & links

Since SWD's core focus is working with people with disability (PWD), we take a keen interest in NDIS related developments. We have included a few key and useful resources for those needing NDIS support or those who know people who do: 

It's probably worth subscribing to the official NDIS newsletter to get information about events and resources available:

You must read the Every Australian Counts website  which has everything you need to know in a clear and easy to navigate format for your NDIS plan. Included in the link to the EA homepage is a map of NSW and Victoria showing regions and the roll out dates, colour coded. Scroll down the home page to see the maps and dates. 

A lengthy and important article for disability services organisations transitioning to the NDIS was published in The Mandarin: "How the NDIS is faring for not-for-profit disability service providers".


Watch this video of James, a second year commerce student at Curtin University, who has cerebral palsy. He hopes to have more choice under the NDIS, including setting up his own travel agency for people with a disability. What he has already done is sure to impress and give a boost to anyone who watches. 

Carer's Day Out in Parramatta on October 13

It's carer's week in NSW between 11-17 October supported by Carer's NSW. There is a day out in Parramatta on 13 October. 

Details in the flyer, below.

Carer's Day Out Sydney

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