THE PARA SAILING ACADEMY AWARDED AT THE SPORT FOR NATURE AWARDS
IBSA’s commitment and the company’s collaboration with FIV (Federazione Italiana Vela, the Italian Sailing Federation) in the context of inclusive sailing were awarded in Milan, at the Sport for Nature Awards 2023. During the ceremony, on November 24, at the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, the project Para Sailing Academy (a disabled sailing school) obtained the recognition of “Green Inclusive Project” in the category Sport, Environment and Inclusivity.
“The project Sailing into the Future. Together sees us involved on the sporting front, with the feat that skipper Alberto Bona is carrying out on board the Class40 IBSA, but is also an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to society, to people in difficulty or with disabilities”, explained Giorgio Pisani, Vice President of IBSA and Project Leader of Sailing into the Future. Together. “Indeed, we started the Para Sailing Academy project together with FIV to promote and develop the disabled sailing discipline at a national and international level, thus giving access to this sport to as many people as possible”.
The Sport for Nature Awards is the perfect opportunity to celebrate sport as a vehicle for positive messages, associated with concepts such as respect for the environment, diversity and inclusion. These awards are given to athletes and sports clubs who are committed to the protection of nature and the environment, but also to people and companies who stand out for projects aimed at inclusiveness and respect for the others.
Each edition of the Sport for Nature Awards attracts great participation. In the 2022 edition, many sports celebrities were awarded, including Deborah Compagnoni and Alessandro Del Piero, with the lifetime achievement award, Ambra Sabatini, the champion elected Paralympic athlete of the year, or Luigi Datome and Federica Brignone. In the Munich 2023 edition, among others, David Trezeguet (former footballer, world champion in 1998 and European champion in 2000) and Prince Albert of Monaco, who was awarded for his strong commitment to supporting several environmental causes, took to the stage.