Dr Una May at Watersports Inclusion weekend

Watersports Inclusion Games generates record crowd to Wexford Harbour

17 Jul 2023
Sarah Stanley

More than 1,100 excursions were made on the Wexford water last weekend during the Watersports Inclusion Games, a wonderful initiative by Sailing Ireland. This is the fifth year of the games, which provided participants of varying abilities and disabilities with the opportunity to try Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Rowing, Paddleboarding, Powerboating, Motorboating, Dragonboating, Waterskiing, Snorkelling and Tennis.

Sport Ireland CEO Dr Una May attended the event, which was hosted by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club located on the Slaney River estuary and was witnessed by a record crowd attendance for the event.

The Watersports Inclusion Games is a free multi-watersport opportunity that caters for those with varying physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities and from minority backgrounds.   

The award-winning event showcases the latest adaptations and innovations for optimised watersports delivery and promotes the benefits to health and wellbeing of accessible inclusive participation on the water.   

Almost 400 people of all ages participated at three different venues. Snorkelling and Tennis entered the calendar for the first time this year including the opportunity to play alongside the Irish Visually impaired Tennis Team. Dragonboating also made its much-anticipated debut.   

Congratulations to all the participants and partners involved in this year’s wonderful event.

Dr Una May at Watersports Inclusion weekend