Mobility Cup is Canada’s international regatta for sailors with a disability.
The first Mobility Cup was initiated in 1991 in Vancouver by Sam Sullivan, founder of the Disabled Sailing Association of BC. Sam’s hope was that by inviting key individuals from other cities to take part in Mobility Cup – whether they had ever sailed before was irrelevant – that the sport of disabled sailing would spread and grow.
That’s exactly what happened. People became excited about the potential and recognized what it could mean for people with disabilities in their home towns. New disabled sailing organizations began popping up in cities across Canada and the United States. The sport is now world-wide and has been key part of each Paralympic Summer Games since 2000 after being a demonstration sport in 1996.
Sam Sullivan dedicated the Mobility Cup Trophy with a Deed of Gift on Sept. 5, 2001. He said: “It is my wish that Mobility Cup stand as a symbol of freedom and possibility and to demonstrate that all areas of life can be made accessible for people with all levels of disability.”
Each year's Mobility Cup regatta remains a vehicle for initiating new programs or supporting existing ones. This is the legacy of Mobility Cup.