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  • Stanley Paris Ready for Second Round-the-World Attempt

    Sure, if you're reading this you probably get to put "PT" or "PTA" after your name. And maybe you can even add "DPT" or "PhD." But—and be honest here—can you tack on the word "adventurer" after those designations?

    Stanley Paris can. And he's getting ready to kick that particular part of his qualifications into high gear.

    Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, adventurer, has announced that he will make another attempt to set the age and speed record for solo circumnavigation of the globe by sailboat as a way to raise awareness for the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) and physical therapy research in general. The adventure is set to begin in early November in St Augustine, Florida. Last year's attempt raised more than $250,000 for the Foundation.

    Paris made his first attempt to break the age record of 56 years and the speed record of 150 days in early December 2013, but he suffered equipment failure that prevented him from completing the voyage. Since that time, both records have been broken, with the speed record now set at 137 days, and the age record now 70. If he's successful, Paris will beat the new age record by 7 years.

    "I am looking forward to taking on this challenge once again and using this opportunity to raise awareness for the Foundation," said Paris in a Foundation news release (pdf). "We need more research that demonstrates the value of physical therapy, and the Foundation is doing just that."

    Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, praised Paris's commitment and generosity and said that his efforts are "important in the Foundation's determination to support research that helps physical therapists improve the quality of life."

    Paris will once again sail in his 63-foot yacht, the Kiwi Spirit, a craft that will run solely on wind and solar energy. If successful, Paris will also become the first person to circumnavigate in a completely "green" way—or at least the first person to do so in a really, really long time.

    2014 - 10-21 Stanley Paris 2nd Attempt

    Paris will document his journey, post videos, and provide other information on his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/uofstaugsolo. Visit the Foundation's website to find out how to contribute to physical therapy research.

    Comments

    • Way to go!!,Stanley. Good luck and the Lord protect you. Agnes PT, DPT

      Posted by Agnes Banez -> @MT[>F on 10/22/2014 1:46 AM

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