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Tingley gets a rare chance

It’s a long way away, but Paralympic gold-medallist Paul Tingley willget a chance to show his hometown what his sport is all about in 2014.

It’s a long way away, but Paralympic gold-medallist Paul Tingley will get a chance to show his hometown what his sport is all about in 2014.

The International Federation of Disabled Sailing announced yesterday its 2014 world championships have been awarded to Tingley’s home Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.

“It’s very exciting,” said Tingley, who won gold in the 2.4-metre sailing event at the Beijing Games.

“It’s good for the whole sailing community and for our disabled sailors to really raise the profile of our sport, and a good chance to show off Halifax as well.”

The 2014 IFDS worlds are of particular importance because they are a pre-qualifier for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, meaning the best competitors will be participating.

“That’s why this has to be a really well-run event, because seven countries will be qualified in each of the three classes,” Tingley said. “If they want to go to Brazil, they have to go to Halifax.”