Paralympics and the future of Olympic sailing

Aug 02, 2017
Hugh Freund

Camden — On Wednesday, Aug, 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Camden Yacht Club, come hear Hugh Freund's story of balancing the demands of training for the paralympics with real life.

Freund is a 2016 Paralympic silver medalist in the three-person keelboat event, competing in a 23-foot Sonar in Guanabara Bay at the Rio Olympics last summer.

After a year-long battle with bone cancer during his freshman year of college, Freund was introduced to the world of adaptive sailing. He began a seven-year journey, along with his teammates Rick Doerr (Clifton, NJ) and Brad Kendell (Clearwater, Fla.), and together they have sailed in 10 countries and won eight World Cup medals.

Paralympic sports require the same level of physical and mental dedication on and off the field of play, but also bring a unique set of challenges and opportunities for individuals to reclaim or reshape their identity.

Freund resides in South Freeport, and is a member of the Harraseeket Yacht Club, where he first learned to sail. He earned his degree in architecture from the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. and is now a graphic designer.

This is the seventh in a series of eight Wednesday seminars hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program. For more information, please contact the CYC office at 207-236-7033 or visit

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