Blind Boat Challenge Set For October

Sunday 23rd, September 2012 / 19:54 Published by
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Nassau, The Bahamas — Jerome Thompson, president of Bahamas Disability Adventures, announced plans September 19, to hold the first Blind Boat Challenge marine event.

The two-day event is to be held in stages and is scheduled for October 13 and 14. Mr. Thompson said it promises to be exciting and is to be highlighted by a blind person driving a boat as a one-legged amputee is waterskiing behind.

Mr. Thompson, who is visually disabled, said stage one will begin at 10 a.m. from the Hurricane Hole Marina on Paradise Island and involves him circumnavigating a small boat two or three laps around the island, under his own power.

Stage two will take place at 12:30 p.m. in waters off Montagu Beach foreshore and involves Jamal Nottage, a physically disabled person, waterskiing as the blind pilot, Mr. Thompson, is navigating around a set course around Montagu Beach. Additionally on day two the blind boat challenge Bahamas Invitational fund-raiser golf tournament will be held at the Ocean Club Golf Course.

We endeavour to showcase, that persons with disabilities in The Bahamas, no matter what their limitations and with the help and support of others, can rise and conquer any challenge once determined and committed, living up to the organisation’s motto, “Pursuing our potential, Challenging our Limitations.”

Bahamas Disability Adventures under its former name, Adventures Unlimited Bahamas, was licensed in The Bahamas on January 8, 2009. The Organisation is a disability recreation and sports non-profit organisation registered with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

By Stirling Strachan
Bahamas Information Services

Caption: Bahamas Disability Adventures formally Adventures Unlimited Bahamas president, Jerome Thompson, who is visually disabled (blind), left, announcing that he will navigate a small boat around Paradise Island as part of the organisation’s Blind Boat Challenge on Oct 13.  Jamal Nottage, an amputee will be water skiing  during the event.   (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel)

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