Cork’s Inaugural Watersports Inclusion Day a roaring success, celebrating watersports for all!
Over 130 people took to the water in Kinsale County Cork to take part in Cork’s First Watersports Inclusion Day. The aim of the event was to showcase a range of inclusive watersports available to children, young people and adults with additional needs and their families.
Speaking at the event, Kate Feeney Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, with Cork Sports Partnership highlighted, ‘It is fantastic to see so many families of all abilities together on the water. Today, we celebrate that watersports is for everyone and it is clear to see that Kinsale as a community have a huge amount to offer and are leaders in supporting people of all abilities to enjoy water sports.’
The activities on offer across the day included Surfing with Surf 2 Heal in Garretstown Beach, Sailing along the Kinsale Harbour with Sailing into Wellness and Sail Ability Kinsale, Kayaking at the Pier in Kinsale with Kinsale OEC and Trips on ‘Saoirse’ The Inclusion Powerboat with Kinsale OEC. All these activities were delivered by a team of volunteers and tailored to support the needs and abilities of the families taking part.
Donal Hickey, Sail Ability Kinsale at the event highlighted ‘following a difficult few months, this was a dream event and great to have so many people back on the water enjoying themselves’.
Cork Watersports Inclusion Day coincided with the European Week of Sport which is a weeklong celebration that aims to provide opportunities for everyone to partake in a range of sport, promote physical activity and sports inclusion. It focuses on inspiring the public to live a healthy lifestyle while highlighting the numerous options that exist in Ireland to #BeActive.
Jon Hynes, Director of Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre stated “I am delighted that we have been able to return with a meaningful, engaging event which showcases the skills of all our volunteers. This was a great opportunity for Kinsale and Cork to showcase Inclusion Adventures and how our strength in collaborating across different water sports gives participants regular and guaranteed access to such great activities. Kinsale is growing in its reputation as a centre of excellence for Inclusion Adventure and there will be much more to come”.
Families at the event stated:
- ‘An epic day from start to finish’
- ‘As a family we had the time of our lives’
- ‘Highly supportive staff and volunteers, and a safe environment was created for all taking part. It was one of the most enjoyable family days’.
Cork Watersports Inclusion Day was coordinated by Cork Sports Partnership in partnership with Kinsale OEC, Surf 2 Heal Garretstown, Sailing into Wellness, SailAbility Kinsale, Kinsale Yacht Club and supported by Sport Ireland, Irish Sailing and Cork ETB.