Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, would tell you that physical therapists (PTs) are a diverse, multitalented group of professionals, but you'd have to catch him first—or at least wait until he returns from his attempt to become the oldest and fastest person to sail around the world solo.
Paris, 76, began his attempt on December 2, and will attempt to complete the circumnavigation in 120 days. If successful, he will beat the current speed record by 1 month and the current age record by 22 years. Paris is also leveraging his attempt as a way to raise funds for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, where he serves on the Board of Trustees.
The trip is being made on Paris's 63-foot yacht, the Kiwi Spirit, a craft that runs solely on wind and solar energy. Paris will document his journey and post videos and other information on his website, www.stanleyparis.com.
Paris is a widely known PT who founded the University of St. Augustine (Florida) for Health Sciences. He has written more than 40 research articles and 1 textbook, The Spinal Lesion.
Help Stanley Paris bring more attention to the need for research in physical therapy: find out how to donate in honor of the sail and how your name can be added to the hull of the Kiwi Spirit upon her return. Visit www.foundation4pt.org for details.
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