Remembering Judy Winship
By: Tanya Gallagher (QCDSC - Regina) with Jennifer Barnable (AbleSail Network National Board)
Judy Winship first became involved with the Queen City Disabled Sailing Club (QCDSC) in 2002 when it was still known as the Wind On My Wings Sailing Club. At that time, the club was operating as a summer program out of the office of the South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (SSILC).
In 2002, Judy approached SSILC for employment support services and found out about the program from the staff there. Being outgoing and open to trying new things, she thought the sailing club sounded both fun and interesting, so she gave it a try.
What motivated Judy to get involved was the encouragement of the SSILC staff. They urged her to head to Wascana Lake where the QCDSC sails. So she did. Happily, Judy really enjoyed being outside, being part of the club and connecting with the other sailors.
Then, when Judy found out about the annual Mobility Cup regatta, and the opportunity for competitive sailing, she was all in. It certainly appealed to her appreciation for healthy competition and motivated her to continue sailing. Attending her first Mobility Cup made such a great impression on her that it helped motivate her to continue sailing every year. Unsurprisingly, she competed as often as she could!