Families Cheer on Sailors MV Freedom
10:32am 6th September 2012
Family and friends of the Paralympic sailors competing in Portland harbour have been out on the water to watch the action.
The Borough Council have been chartering boats to allow them to cheer their family members on.
Relatives of Canadian Sailor Logan Campbell and Irish skipper John Twomey were taken on board MV Freedom.
Both Campbell and Twomey are competing in the three-person Sonar keelboat category and began their Paralympic campaigns on Saturday. Medal races are due to take place on Thursday.
Irish hopeful John Twomey was cheered on by sister Eileen Harrington, nephew Tim and Tim's children Jessica, Alex and Rory.
Tim Harrington said: "It has been so easy to bring my children to see their granduncle. I come to Weymouth all the time scuba diving and I'd seen Ben Ainslie sailing. We were planning to watch from the shore and then found out about the opportunity to watch from the MV Freedom boat. It's fantastic."
John, who broke his back in a cycling accident at the age of 15, is making his 10th Paralympic appearance and is hoping to repeat his success in Beijing, where he picked up a silver medal.
The Canadian contingent comprised of granddad Glen Campbell and his wife Myrna, Logan's dad Leigh, mum Margot and brother Sean.
Up and coming sailor Logan is making his first Paralympic appearance; he sailed Lasers competitively before losing his hand and part of his arm in an accident in 2006.
Myrna Guymer said: "Leigh is Glen's son and this trip was a birthday present for Glen to watch Logan sail. You don't know what to expect but to be able to see the sailing from this boat, it is a wonderful experience. We're all into competitive sports, so watching the Olympics was very exciting; but to come here and watch the Paralympic sailing, to see their determination and hard work, I can't swallow."
Cllr Kate Wheller said: "I had an opportunity to meet many of the Paralympic sailors before the Games started, so it was a real treat to join the families of two of the competitors out on the waters. Both families were so appreciative of the opportunity to watch the racing so close.
"They all loved of our beautiful borough and had nothing but praise for the welcome they had received and the wonderful facilities provided by MV Freedom."
The MV Freedom is a Weymouth-based vessel funded by charitable donations dedicated to taking disabled people, people who have learning difficulties and elderly people to sea so they are able to enjoy activities which may not usually be available to them.
If you are interested in booking a trip on the MV Freedom, please see their website for further details: http://www.mvfreedom.co.uk/content/bookings.asp