Moore Stephens Backs USA’s New Hope in the 2012 Paralympics

By Ben Roberts

With a long history on the water and unwavering support from Moore Stephens Isle of Man, the wealth management service, Jody Hill has entered into a bid to become USA’s new hope in the Sailing event at the London 2012 Paralympics. I spoke to Jody at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to gain an insight into the challenge.

Jody Hill was the captain of sailing yacht Flicka until he was involved in a car accident in 2006, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and ending a 13 year professional career on the water. Worse still, he had no insurance which impacted on the treatment available to him.

After heading home and undergoing 100 days of hospitalisation and rehabilitation, Jody Hill didn’t wait long to get back on the water. Less than two years after becoming paralysed he was living on board a 24ft sloop helping others with disabilities cope via the freedom, thrill, serenity and feeling of independence and accomplishment that sailing brings him.

I’ve been sailing all my life and really couldn’t see why I should have to give up,” says Jody, “But I also understand first-hand what others in similar circumstances are going through, that’s why I set up Positive Sailing. I am truly blessed by Moore Stephens Isle of Man generous sponsorship and hope that I will do them proud.

To follow Jody’s progress, visit his website by clicking here and supporting America’s new bid for the London Paralympics.

By Ben Roberts