The Paralympic Development Program is an initiative that the National Sailing Academy at Antigua took up this year. They include participants from six different countries. This program and clinic initiative was the first of its kind to be held in Antigua. It was organized from 19th to 25th January. The academy hosted coaches and sailors from different countries like Venezuela, Tobago, Trinidad, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, and Colombia besides having people from the same country.
This was the first PDP initiative to be held in the Caribbean region. It was taken up after sustained development was done in the region by Antigua National Sailing Academy and Antigua Sailability. The clinic featured some onshore sessions to touch on the general sailing rules. They also focused on coaching processes, disability awareness, management and classification of the regatta. The on-water sessions were held to help improve boat handling and performance of the sailors. These sessions were held before a mini regatta was organized.
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