Geoff Holt MBE and his business WetWheels has won the prestigious Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2015.
WetWheels founder, Geoff Holt MBE, who wins the £50,000 prize for his company WetWheels, was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and uses a wheelchair. In 1995 he became the inaugural chairman of national sailing charity RYA Sailability, a role he held for six years. In 2007 he became the first paralysed person to sail single-handed around Great Britain. In 2009 he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean unassisted and in 2017 he plans to sail around the world.
WetWheels, a Community Interest Company run out of Portsmouth, operates fully accessible boats to provide boating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. The company offers disabled clients educational and mentoring programmes, along with sporting and recreational trips on water.
Geoff Holt said, “The award will really give us the chance to expand our services for disabled people. Over the years I have witnessed thousands of disabled people of all ages enjoy our boats and services. It doesn’t matter if that is on a sail boat or a motor boat; it is being on the water that makes the difference. “