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Come and hear Hugh’s story of balancing the demands of training for the paralympics with real life.
Hugh Freund is a 2016 Paralympic Silver Medalist in the three-person keelboat event, competing in a 23-foot Sonar in Guanabara Bay at the Rio Olympics last summer.
After a year-long battle with bone cancer during his freshman year of college, Hugh was introduced to the world of adaptive sailing. He began a seven year journey, along with his teammates Rick Doerr (Clifton, NJ) and Brad Kendell (Clearwater, FL), and together they have sailed in ten countries and won eight World Cup medals.
Paralympic sports require the same level of physical and mental dedication on and off the field of play, but also bring a unique set of challenges and opportunities for individuals to reclaim or reshape their identity.
Hugh resides in South Freeport, Maine, and is a member of the Harraseeket Yacht Club, where he first learned to sail. He earned his degree in Architecture from the Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island and is now a graphic designer.
The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP).