325 imagesDisabled Sailor Sarah Everhart Skeels. "Sailing provides a truly level playing field when it comes to sport," Skipper Sarah Everhart Skeels, Tiverton, RI, and Cindy Walker, Middletown, RI, the only all female team competing in The Skud 18 class, in action during the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta at Newport, Rhode Island hosted by Sail Newport at Fort Adams. The Clagett is North America’s premier event for sailors with disabilities with sailors competing in the 3 Paralympic class boats and is an integral part of preparation for athletes preparing for Paralympic and world championship racing. Newport, Rhode Island Athlete profiles Sarah Everhart Skeels Lives in Tiverton RI, married with one child Lecturer at Brown and Tufts universities - lectures on disability studies at Brown and has been at Brown for 13 years. At Tufts she lectures on Community-based services and health promotion at the Dept. of OT at Tufts. She is also a researcher with the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center at BU School of Public Health. Skeels sustained a spinal cord injury after being hit by a car while riding her bicycle training in a triathlon in 1990. She has been paralyzed from the chest down and living life from a wheelchair for 25 years Sails in the SKUD 18 class as the skipper, is in the 2015 US Sailing Team Sperry (only all female team in the SKUD 18 class campaigning at a Paralympic level, with Cindy Walker - Middletown RI as crew) Moved to RI in 1996 from Washington DC. Has sailed in every Clagett regatta since its inception Started out sailing in the Sonar class at Clagett, prior to that sailed in the Freedom Has hand-cycled across the United States, swum across the span of the Newport Bay Bridge, voyaged off Guadeloupe, and has gone scuba diving in Bonaire. She is a volunteer adaptive-skiing instructor Sarah serves Governor's Commission for People with Disabilities and is Chairperson for the Employment Committee. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of New England Disabled Sports, is on the Board of the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and is Chairperson of the US Sailing Committee for Sailors with Disabilities "Sailing provides a truly level playing field when it comes to sport," commented Skeels. Sarah does not to let her misfortune impair her enjoyment of life, she concluded " life doesn’t end after disability; it just continues in a different way." Sarah moved to RI so as to take advantage of the sailing opportunities and has gone from strength to strength and recently along with crew member Cindy Walker have been named on the US Sailing Team Sperry.