The coaching team is led by Betsy Alison is the Paralympic Coach of the US SAILING Team Sperry TopSider. Her focus is the development of national team athletes in the three Paralympic sailing events in preparation for the 2016 Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and beyond.
Betsy is a five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and was inducted in the 2011 inaugural class of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. She was twice honored as USOC Coach of the Year 1999 and 2008.
Brian was awarded the Sail Nova Scotia Sailor of the Year for 2012 for his a significant contribution to the sport. Brian was a coach with both the National and Provincial sailing teams, working with Sail Nova Scotia and Sail Canada for over 20 years, leading the Canadian sailing team to gold and bronze medals at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. London was his second Paralympic Games.
He also has coached windsurfing and skiing and has coached at one Olympic Games, five Canada Games and one Pan Am Games and Countless Worlds Championships in various classes. Brian’s athletes have won medals at all the sailing Games he has coached at except the 1984 Olympics. Brian is currently a Vice President of the International Association for Disabled Sailing and a member of the IFDS Executive Committee. When there is no wind for sailing, Brian loves cycling. As an athlete, Brian sailed in the Finn class and was a national team member from 1973-76.