Elected Chairman of the ISAF Athletes

Well this is really a great honor. I have been elected by Olympic Sailors around the world to represent them at the World Sailing body. What’s even neater is that we were able to lobby and gain a position on the board.  This is the first time in the 100 years of the World Sailing Organization that an athlete has taken this position and  I take much pride and satisfaction in fulfilling my upcoming role.

Here is my speech to the board at the Annual meeting in Busan , Korea:

Dear  president, vice presidents and council members,

Thank you  for having me at “your table”. I am in in great honor to be joining you.  I promise you the athletes will not  go on strike!  For years I have worked hard as an athlete and a professional to reach the highest success in our sport. Looking back at my  experience is one of the most phenomenal feelings and one that I’d like to share with the future generation of athletes but there were also many difficulties that I faced that the future of our sport shouldn’t face. As the new chairman of the athletes commission: I hope to bring this information directly to you, at this council table and  to gain a mutual understanding on ways to right this ship we now call “isaf” and simplify this organization to the basic goal of any athlete, to win.

So finally, are we winning the hearts and minds of our youth?
Are we really winning rewards for the presentation to the media?
Are we winning awards for the 5 star hotels we meet at each year or for the gold medals that the athletes earn so bravely?
Are we winning the IOC our only major funding source?

And before you win me and the rest of the athletes, I expect this organization to work equally as hard. And with the same winning attitude.  We want change and want to be a part of that change.

Last year I said that the strategy of this organization was not serving in the best interest of the athletes, and after serving on the athletes commission and olympic commission since then I am now enthralled with what strategy is forming.

I hope to work with each of you over the next 4 years on our long term success. I truly believe my future and all the athletes I represent are in your hands.

Thank you

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