Kevin Curtis has been keen on sport of sailing. At the age of 17 he broke his back and became a full time wheelchair user. This did not put him off sailing and he won gold at the wold disabled sailing championships in Barcelona. In 1996 he won gold in the paralympic sailing in Atlanta USA, and was awarded the prestigious BT yachtsman of the year and the Ipswich sports personality of the year awards. He is still fully involved with sport. In 2003, Kevin was awarded a lifetime membership of the millenium awards fellowship. The university of east anglia bestowed the award of doctor of civil law' honaris causa in recognition of the committee work he had undertaken to raise the profile of sport in the county. Kevin is a trustee of the East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST), a charity founded to provide boating opportunities for adults with disabilities. He lives in Kesgrave, Ipswich and works part-time for Optua for whom he is also a patron. Kevin sits on the board of the British Olympic Association as an athlete voice and is on the Sports Advisory group for LOCOG.