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.
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.
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."
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" wayâ€"or at least the first person to do so in a really, really long time.
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will document his
journey, post videos, and provide other information on his
Facebook page, www.facebook.com/uofstaugsolo.