'A whole new world of freedom': Sailors with disabilities compete at an elite level

The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta has athletes of varying abilities compete in sailing at an elite level.
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Transcript for 'A whole new world of freedom': Sailors with disabilities compete at an elite level
And very passionate about every aspect of sailing every time I'm on a vote I guess I just. It's and it's an addiction. And land how to say. Long time in nineteen Cheney's five. Five years after his injury. When you become very visually impaired slash lie and you are usually directed to get help. And I went to the Carroll center and when I was scared somebody had said something about blind sailing out of line sailing club and it was the start of the addiction. In a lot of others' boards. You have to use different equipment or the rules change a little bit because the equipment and the sport becomes that. In sailing we all get in the same kind of sailboat. Whether we have a visual impairment whether our legs don't work well whether. We're missing lends whenever we all get in a vote and make it go the same way the rules don't change they stay the same when does change is navy. How we go about these things you're going to be seeing later today I'm sitting in this thing keeps me there. But my job is us sale. That's the only sport that there's no barriers so I can take my family out in a sailboat. I can't necessarily bring my family of planes will chair past him. You know it gives new meaning. To the word independence Adams showing. Individual what you can do as it. You know I blind athletes as opposed to always being judged on what people perceive him. Cannot do I'm not allowed to dry I I will never have a job driving. Even robots will have jobs driving I will never have that job. I can try the boat I can make the boat go faster I can slow the boat to have. I'm able to be an interval part of a team and that's. Huge for me we all take other adaptations we knew some light and we bring them on to. Vote we go out and it's our skill above all that is that is seen Iraq. And I. You know I'm sitting in a chair I'm sure. Oddly some people might. I think my about my life and and questions about you have my life or whatever not doing anything about me. But when I'm not on a sound no one does they just look at me as a sailor and want to compete against me which is what I want always but. Out on the water it's always true.

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