Born in Sandrigo in 1976, builder of the first world sailing vessel without architectural barriers, and founder of "Lo Spirito di Stella", a non-profit making association engaged in sports and cultural projects for disabled people, and Planet Mobility, a point of reference in the sale and hiring of specialist mobility equipment. Sailing athlete who already has two ocean crosses under his belt and writer of the autobiography "Due ruote sull''oceano" (Two wheels across the ocean - winner of the Bancarella Sport Prize), he acts as a consultant for various companies, helping them to identify solutions that bring together accessibility, functionality and design. He has been a Knight of the Italian Republic since 2007
In 1985 Stuart Dunne, Managing Director of Cyclone Mobility sustained a spinal cord injury to the neck following a road traffic accident. Paralysed at C6/7, Stuart suddenly had a change in future plans, the original intention was to join the RAF and become a Tornado pilot. At the age of 17 and more than 30 years ago, life in a wheelchair was faced with obstacles , which Stuart saw post rehabilitation and discharge from the spinal injury unit, and his only fitness and rehab was to pursue sport. is was very typical of post injury rehabilitation into life (following the Ludwigg Guttman principle). From these early days Stuart wished to get the most out of life, and WoW was one of those journeys.
In this seminar Stuart and Andrea will talk about the project WoW – Wheels on Waves, a journey which took the only Catamaran in the world that is adapted for wheelchair users to sail the seas and sleep on board. Lo Spirito di Stella is a Catamaran that can take 10 people and 2 wheelchair users on the open seas. The latest project was to deliver the UN convention on disabled rights from the UN Secretary General in Miami to the Pope in Rome. The journey saw Andrea Stella get married in the middle of the Atlantic fortunately after the stormy seas. Stuart Dunne joined the journey at Gibraltar (or close to) and sailed to Cartagena with his 12 year old son, and swam in the Mediterranean Sea and for the first time in 33 years he swam in the ocean even though as a tetraplegic he’d never thought he would.
WoW project is based in the Mediterranean and will be available to people with disabilities in the UK.