Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario


Quote from disabled sailor Danny McCoy
Sailing saved me. I found that most of my limitations were in my mind. I realized that there were some things that I couldn’t do, but there was a whole pile of things that I could still do.

Quote from disabled sailor Rick Watters
As a sailor with a disability, I can tell you first hand that the DSAO is an organization that empowers people with disabilities by promoting active living and community involvement. Freedom, independence, empowerment and fun are all terms we commonly hear from our members. Sailing is a sport for some and recreation for others but all agree that there's nothing like the feeling of being out on the water with our wheelchairs or walking aids back at the dock and knowing that we are safe and in control. My thanks to the dedicated staff and volunteers that make all of this possible.

Quote from disabled sailor Joan Lewis
DSAO is extremely important to me as a means of recreation that can be shared with family, friends and volunteers at DSAO. I value very highly the programs offered at DSAO. I think our volunteers and staff are particularly amazing in their commitment to offer sailing experiences to our members and potential members. I really can't say enough positive things about the degree to which I value their commitment, as sailing for people with disabilities would not be possible without the work they do.

Quote from disabled sailor Han Tacoma
It is as a consequence of the birth of DSAO that I was able to return to sailing. I had no idea that sailing was still a possibility for me after my accident and 10 years later there is no turning back. I have made new friends and will keep on sailing for a long time. I think we should copyright the phrase "I leave my wheelchair at the dock and feel the freedom of being on the water" or anything similar, it has become a motto for all of us in the disabled sailing community.

Quote from volunteer Karen-Ann Xavier
Sailing is one of those rare sports where disabled people can compete on a level playing field with able bodied people.

Quote from volunteer Marcel Deurvorst
Of all the volunteer jobs I have (and I have several), the one at DSAO is one of the more gratifying. It is great to go out with people for whom this time on the water is the highlight of their week. You really feel you are contributing something to their well being. And yes I love sailing. It is one of these win-win situations life doesn't offer enough of.

DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario DSAO is a family of organizations that promote and enable Ontarians with disabilities to experience therapeutic, recreational and social rehabilitation through the freedom of independent sailing. DSAO's objective is to build the sport of disabled sailing, assist with athlete development and sustain international competitive excellence. DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario
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