wightlinkstclareA former member of staff at Wightlink Ferries is returning on board later this month to spread the word about how disabled people can get involved in sport.

Jude Caunter, who uses a wheelchair, will be notching up the miles on a stationary racing wheelchair on board Wightlink’s flagship St Clare between Portsmouth and Fishbourne on Saturday 19th September to raise awareness of sport for disabled people and raise money for specially-adapted kit for disabled athletes at the City of Portsmouth Athletics Club.

Jude Caunter wheelchair athlete wightlinkAfter leaving Wightlink in 2012, Jude is now a qualified gym instructor at the John Pounds Centre in Portsmouth with Aspire’s instructability programme and enjoys encouraging other people with disabilities to improve their level of fitness.

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“Whatever your disability, there is always something you can do to stay fit,” she explains. “Working out can help people of all ages reduce stress, have fun and meet others as well as toning their muscles, controlling weight and even boosting natural pain relief.”

In her spare time, Jude, from Farlington, is an enthusiastic wheelchair racer at the City of Portsmouth Athletics Club. Jenny Archer, coach to Paralympic six times gold medallist and London Marathon winner David Weir, has paid an inspirational visit to the Club and encouraged them to achieve their personal fitness goals.

Jude and some of her fellow sportsmen and women will be on board St Clare on the 11:00 sailing from Portsmouth and 12:00 sailing from Fishbourne on 19th September and will be pleased to answer questions from anyone interested in sport for disabled people.

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