21 Years of Sailors with disABILITIES: Sailing into social change – a narration the extensive history behind Sailors with disABILITIES, referencing the organisations growth and achievements from 1994 – 2015. This website highlights moments within SWD’s evolution that exemplifies their mission; to inspire optimism and redefine possibilities for the disabled and disadvantaged of all ages.
Sailing is the catalyst for change, providing the opportunity for personal growth for those involved. They have tasted and experienced the rewards of this organisation achieving things they thought to be impossible. By defying social constructs SWD will take you on an exhilarating journey, this is their story.
This website was created by Elle McCalman, Sophia Lau, Tania Andriasian, Thomas Ricciardiello and Vincent Salinos.
Somewhere in that area, there was a realisation of our acceptance into the mainstream. The beginning of the understanding of the achievement. It was the catalyst that made us believe in ourselves.
The 2004 Sydney to Hobart saw SWD withdraw from the race, due to a disconnection between the crew and the boat technology south of Eden. This sort of defeat was not seen as a failure by the members of SWD, but more so a learning curve, and an opportunity to reconnect for future challenges.
SWD are recognised for their International Day of the Disabled on the 3rd of December, 2008 - the objectives of this day was to raise awareness through celebration of disabled kids on the water with sporting heroes, and to build community spirit and fellowship amongst sports people.
The consistent media presence of Sailors with disABILITIES slowly and gradually brought them into the spotlight, following closely behind the entire purpose of the organisation and their mission to shift perceptions.
"In the months leading up to the dangerous Sydney to Hobart yacht David and his core crew of disabled sailors initiate a new group of keen but unaware contenders with a multitude of disABILITIES, including missing limbs, broken backs, degenerative diseases and stroke suffers to sailing. They learn the ropes of sailing in a baptism of fire through storms and swells, and in wet and wild conditions. But there are just a few spots available on the boat."
The documentary series DisAble-Bodied Sailors has received two 2010 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards nominations - Best Documentary Series and Best Cinematography in a Documentary.
David Pescud at the National Disability Service Innovation Awards.