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Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013

1996 2000 2002 20042008 2010 2012 DOCLondon, EnglanddockVancouver, British Columbia, CanadaUtah, United StatesAthens, GreeceSalt Lake City,Sydney, Australia Atlanta, Georgia, United States by Cole Dittmer Photography Courtesy of Dr. Anne Allen Local sports medicine specialist Dr. Anne Allen can usually be found at the Carolina Yacht Club either racing around the Wrightsville waterways or watching over her friends and family sailing in the multitude of regattas and races. Wrightsville Beach Fire Department Captain Sterling Powell, her childhood friend and medical safety boat operator for these races, knows who she is in the international sailing community and how many Paralympic athletes she has helped overcome insurmountable obstacles. But few others know she has walked with the United States Paralympic Sailing Team in the opening ceremonies of three Paralympic Games as the team physician; or met Muhammad Ali in 1996 in Atlanta, when she was the team physician for the Philippine Olympic Boxing Team, or taught seminars in sports medicine all over the world, from New Zealand to Copenhagen, China to India. What most know of is her love of Wrightsville Beach, sailing, competition, the freedom of the water and her passion for sharing those loves with the physically disabled. WBM: You and Fire Department Captain Sterling Powell operate safety boats for Carolina Yacht Club regattas and in Miami for PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CPT. STERLING POWELL the International Sailing Federation World Cup Miami Olympic Classes Regatta. When did you two team up? ALLEN: Sterling and I grew up together in Forest Hills and down here at the yacht club. I had been going down to the Miami regatta for about ten years to work, and two or three years ago, I asked him if he wanted to come with me to help. Sterling is such a good safety officer. … He is really good at anticipating what might go wrong so he can prevent it. We get a of variety of injuries because it is a very athletic endeavor. People don’t think of sailors as athletes, but you have to be very PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALLISON POTTER Top: Dr. Anne Allen and Sterling Powell at the International Sailing Federation World Cup Miami Olympic Classes Regatta in 2010. Bottom: Rowers Rob Jones and Oksana Masters won bronze in the trunk and arms mixed doubles sculls during the 2012 Paralympic 32 Games. Opposite: Dr. Anne Allen and Sterling Powell provide safety for regattas at the Carolina Yacht Club. WBM may 2013


Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013
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