Monday, 17 September 2012

Paralympic Sailing Results. Team GB and Holland top Sailing Medals Table

PARALYMPIC SAILING
 

Helena Lucas
Heiko Kroeger

Thierry Schmitter

Single-handed Small Keelboat 2.4m R class
Helena Lucas   Great Britain   Gold
Heiko Kroeger  Germany        Silver 
Thierry Schmitter Holland        Bronze
Dan Fitzgibbon/ Liesl Tesch


Jean-Paul Creignou and Jennifer French

Niki Birrell and Alexandra Rickham
Two-Person Keelboat SKUD 18


Australia  Gold
Dan Fitzgibbon/ Liesl Tesch
USA Silver
Jean-Paul Creignou/Jennifer French
GB Bronze
Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell

Mischa Rossen
Marcel van de Veen
Udo Hessels
Jens Kroker,
Robert Prem
Siegmund Mainka
Aleksander Wang-Hansen,
Marie Solberg
Per Eugen Kristiansen

Open Three-Person Keelboat – Sonar

Gold Netherlands
Mischa Rossen
Marcel van de Veen
Udo Hessels
Silver Germany
Jens Kroker,
Robert Prem
Siegmund Mainka
Bronze Norway
Aleksander Wang-Hansen,
Marie Solberg
Per Eugen Kristiansen
Team GB -John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas came 5th out of fourteen teams in this event.

Very little coverage was given to the three Paralympic sailing events and sadly almost nothing was shown on television. The BBC coverage of the Olympic sailing events was wonderful, but Channel 4 ignored the Paralympic Sailing.

Helena Lucas, 37, from Redhill in Surrey, won Great Britain’s first ever gold medal in the Paralympic Sailing, but owing to the appalling coverage Helena, unlike all the other Team GB gold medallists, would pass unrecognised in the street.

What’s more, Helena 37 was the only woman in her class and beat 15 other men.

Helena never considered herself disabled but after failing to gain selection in the Athens and Sydney Olympics was selected for the Beijing and London 12 Paralympics. She qualified as disabled having been born without thumbs and cannot fully move her arms.

Australians Daniel Fitzgibbon broke his neck in an accident off a jetty. Liesl Tesch became paraplegic after a mountain biking accident. She was formerly captain of the Australian wheelchair basketball team. 

Team GB won bronze in the Skud Helm class. Alexandra Rickham, 30, became tetraplegic after a diving accident in Jamaica in 1995, and Niki Birrell, 26, has cerebral palsy.

Team GB’s Paralympic gold and bronze medals led to a tie at the top of the table with Holland; Australia came third.

The Sailing Paralympics featured three events for one, two and three sailors, using keelboats for greater stability, with adapted seats and tillers. Races tested sailors in differing conditions over 11 days, weather permitting.

The events were a huge hit in Weymouth and Portland with spectators in party spirits lining the hilly banks.


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