Julia Dorsett

Sailing

Dorsett
  • 2004

Julia Dorsett, a Paralympian in the 2004 summer games in Greece has always been an avid athlete. During high school she enjoyed playing varsity lacrosse, field hockey and basketball and in the summer months would sail, water ski and windsurf. The winter was another playground and for much of her youth Julia would take on the challenges that surrounded being a counsellor at Sugarloaf Ski Camp in Maine. But after a car accident during her freshman year at Ithaca College left her paralyzed, wheelchair tennis helped her find her way back into sports. After graduating Julia climbed the International Tennis Federation singles ranking system and in 2003 was 14th in the world. She holds several wheelchair tennis titles, including the Quickie US Open and PTR/ROHO Championships. And was a proud member of the 2004 World Team Cup in New Zealand.

After retiring from tennis, Julia was able to have more time to sail and would regularly volunteer at Shake-a-Leg Miami were she would frequently run into Betsy Allison, head coach of the US Disabled Sailing Team. Betsy asked Julie if she would like to be crew for a new and exciting Paralympic class and with a “yes” that was the start of Team Metedeconk.

“As a Paralympian I know how it feels to represent your country as one of the best in your sport and to have that feeling again is what truly motivates me. To be part of the Paralympic experience again in another sport that I love would be an amazing accomplishment.”

Major Achievements:

  • 2010: First place, SKUD-18 – US Sailing’s 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Florida
  • 2009: Second place, SKUD-18 – IFDS World Championship, Athens, Greece
  • 2009: First place, SKUD-18 - Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth/Portland, England
  • 2009: First place, SKUD-18 – US Sailing’s 2009 Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Florida
  • 2009: First Place, SKUD-18 - Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic, Miami, Florida
  • 2008: First Place, SKUD-18 - Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta, Newport, Rhode Island
  • 2008: Second Place, SKUD-18 - IFDS Qingdao International Regatta, Qingdao, China
  • 2008: Second place, SKUD-18 – Disabled-Open Midwinter Regatta, Saint Petersburg, Florida
  • 2008: Second place, SKUD-18 – US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Florida
  • 2004: Team member, Wheelchair Tennis – Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece