Paralympic gold medalist Maureen McKinnon, paralyzed from the waist down, will speak during the “Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop” lecture series on March 14, as part of Rockland Community Sailing.

McKinnon, who lives in Massachusetts, fell in Rockland 20 years ago and lost the use of her legs. "She turned this tragedy to triumph through her high-level sailing achievements, leadership, inspiration and teaching others with disabilities to sail," said KC Heyniger, waterfront programs director for RCS.

"It will be her first time back in Rockland since her tragedy," Heyniger said. "I’ve met a lot of sailors but Maureen is something special both competitively and inspirationally. She has also given RCS great advice as we start our adaptive sailing and she’s speaking here to support this new program."

This event is part of The Apprenticeshop’s 2013 “Second Thursdays" lecture series. Admission is $5 per person. The Apprenticeshop, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship, is located at 643 Main Street.

For more information, call 594-1800 or email sandeeh@apprenticeshop.org.

Click the video below to learn more about McKinnon.

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