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2012 Olympics sailing venue wins award

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The venue for the London 2012 Olympic sailing events has won an international architecture award for the facilities it has in place for disabled athletes

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has won the Distinction for Accessibility 2009 Award.

The award recognises buildings that provide disabled people the opportunity to excel in sports related activities by providing them with the necessary infrastructure suited to their needs.

The award was instituted 20 years ago by the International Paralympic Committee and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities - the only organisation for sports facilities recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

Paralympic sailor Helena Lucas, of Southampton, said: ‘The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is an unbeatable venue for disabled sailors with new, customised facilities.’

Completed over three years before the Games, the sailing facility includes access hoists on the pontoons which provide the safest access to tidal waters in the UK.

Other international sporting venues that received the same honour are the Beijing Olympic Stadium, London’s National Tennis Centre, Spain’s La Molina Ski Resort and the Moscow Region Speed Skating Centre Kolomna in Russia.

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