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JST Sail the World crew carries the Paralympic torch
Liz Eaton, who sails regularly with JST and will take part in JST Sail the World, was selected to carry the Paralympic torch along Pound Lane in London on 29th August.
Liz has already crossed the Atlantic with JST and says "I had a stroke 15 years ago and now it leaves me with a numb hand and aphasia. When I had the stroke, I was in a wheelchair for a month and now I am ninety percent better so, I know what it feels like when you are physically disabled. It is so important to get fit because other things in your body are weak and you have to get them stronger."
The JST is very pleased and proud that Liz was selected to carry the torch.
The tall ship Lord Nelson sets off from Southampton on Trafalgar Day crewed by a mix of able-bodied and disabled sailors, and Liz will join some of the ocean passages during 2013, including from Cape Town to India and from New Zealand to Ushuaia round Cape Horn. Lord Nelson will be away from the UK for 23 months and visit over 30 countries and all 7 continents. The ship will be an ambassador for diversity and inclusion in the many ports of call along the way and enable around 1,000 people from around the world to experience the JST message.
Liz was selected not only for her involvement with JST - she contributes to disability sailing in many other ways too. She helps with Sailability Scotland and has designed their leaflets. She is a Scottish sailors' rep. in the Challenger Class Association committee and was also Chairman of Cramond Sailability for 6 years. She was in the RYA Challenger Transition Squad for 3 years and went to the Challenger World Regatta in Cascais in Portugal and was placed 11th
The Paralympic Torch was specially designed to shine light on the Torchbearers and the communities it travels through. Its design also emphasises how athletes have come from all corners of the globe to compete. The Torch was given a mirrored finish which means that its colour adapts to its surroundings.