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Morse signals 2012 ambition

PUBLISHED: 17:16 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010

David Morse in his new boat

David Morse in his new boat

By Jan Nevill PARALYMPIC hopeful David Morse has taken to the water for the first time in his new boat Jojo s Buoy at Welsh Harp. Sixteen-year-old David, from West Hampstead, has a rare condition known as arthrogryposis multiplex congenita which limits

By Jan Nevill

PARALYMPIC hopeful David Morse has taken to the water for the first time in his new boat 'Jojo's Buoy' at Welsh Harp.

Sixteen-year-old David, from West Hampstead, has a rare condition known as arthrogryposis multiplex congenita which limits the use of his lower limbs, but has been sailing since he was nine.

He sails a Challenger class trimaran, a fast but stable boat designed for people with physical constraints, and is a member of the British Paralympics transition squad hoping to compete at the 2012 Games.

"The person who inspires me the most is my mother Jo," said David, who belongs to the BTYC club in Birchen Grove, Kingsbury.

"She helps me a lot and that's why I named the boat after her.

"My disability stops me from doing certain other things and I used to get quite upset about that, but now there's a satisfaction that there's something I know I can do well. There's an adrenalin rush when I go fast."

David is ranked 22 in the world and has successfully sailed solo across the Solent, as well as crewing a yacht in this year's Isle of Wight Round the Island race.

Sailing in the Paralympics is expensive, though, and he is actively looking for sponsorship. If you can help, contact David's mum at jo.m@fsmail.net.


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