Kim Jackson sailing on her own on the Tweed River.
Kim Jackson sailing on her own on the Tweed River. Blainey Woodham

Kim Jackson: Sailing through the barriers

KINGSCLIFF'S Kim Jackson's story is an inspiring one.

Ms Jackson, 35, has lived her life with an intellectual disability but never lets it hold her back.

Not only does she work and has a busy social calendar - she also sails solo.

Ms Jackson has attended Sailability on Tweed for years but has only sailed solo for 12 months.

Kim Jackson sailing on her own on the Tweed River.
Kim Jackson sailing on her own on the Tweed River. Blainey Woodham

And despite a few dunks in the water, she loves the sport.

"I like the water," she said.

"I like going out in the boat."

Ms Jackson said she found sailing easy and enjoyable.

One of her many helpers from Lifebridge, Des Mayblom, said sailing had improved Ms Jackson's confidence and self-esteem.

"It's made her a bit more outgoing and I'd like to see her as a role model to other people with a disability," Mr Mayblom said.

Her mum, Helen Jackson, said her daughter was an inspiration.

"She loves it and she loves falling in the drink," she said.

"She's up for anything and she's never cranky."

Sailability on Tweed began in 2007 and helps people with a disability to experience sailing on all levels.



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