Disability Sailing

National governing body (NGB): Royal Yachting Association

NGB contact: Matt Grier

The RYA nominates participants in RYA High Performance Club training or other training on the RYA Paralympic pathway. To be eligible for SportsAid funding, sailors with a disability need to demonstrate their commitment to sailing, showing progression to the RYA Paralympic Development Coach with both results and performance improvements in the correct class. Sailors must also be able to meet the international classification rules for the current Paralympic sailing classes. Outstanding sailors spotted at class events, as part of the Talent Identification Programme, may also be nominated on a discretionary basis.

The nomination process

SportsAid only supports unfunded athletes who are nominated by their sport's national governing body. This ensures the right athletes get the right help at the right time - enhancing the sports' talent development programmes rather than duplicating them. Nominations take place every autumn. You should contact your sport about whether you meet the criteria for the next round of SportsAid awards. Meeting the nomination criteria does not necessarily guarantee a SportsAid award because the charity can only distribute what it has fundraised.

More information

Contact Matt Grier at the RYA.