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Prone – Scottish National Paddleboard Championships

Portobello, Scotland

June 2024

On the 2nd of June, I won the Scottish National Paddleboard Championships, – prone division. (This was partly down to the guy who on any other day would have been home and having his lunch by the time I crossed the finish line, taking ill during the race and having to pull out.)
This win meant that I would be the first registered blind paddler to qualify for the ISA (International Surfing Association), World Championships in Copenhagen in September.
Sadly, as the rules stand it is looking unlikely that I will be able to enter the race, as electronic and mechanical assistance is not allowed. (I am normally guided by use of either walkie talkie or Milo comms – without these, I would have no idea of where I was going, and there would be utter carnage in the water!)
As this is the first time a blind person has qualified, (please correct me if I’m wrong), ISA are having to explore new ground.
Fortunately, I have the SSF (Scottish Surfing Federation), fighting my corner. So fingers crossed!

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