BRISTOL, RI (September 24, 2021) – Tokyo 2020 Men’s 470 Olympian David Hughes (Miami, Fla.) was recently elected to serve as vice-chairman of the World Sailing Athletes’ Commission, a term he will serve until 2024. Hughes was the one of 19 candidates who ran for the positions and is one of five newly appointed members to the nine-person Commission total. More than 200 athletes voted during the Olympic and Paralympic periods to choose a strong group of representatives to serve as the link between active Olympic sailors and World Sailing.
Dave’s history with the Olympics dates back to right after graduating from the University of Maine when he teamed up with Mikee Anderson-Mitterling in the men’s 470 class to campaign for the Beijing Olympics. 2008. Although her first campaign was short-lived, she kicked off an impressive involvement in the Olympic world, including a coaching role at the London 2012 Games and a presence in the US men’s 470m with skipper Stu McNay at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games.
Outside of the Olympics, Dave is a four-time National Champion and six-time North American Champion in the 470 class. He has won five World Cup gold medals and three European Championship medals (2018, 2016, 2015 ), as well as many other podiums. In 2018, Dave was signed by New York Yacht Club’s American Magic team, which competed in the 36th America’s Cup. Hughes holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and was an intern in the United States Senate, United States House, and White House West Wing from 1996 to 1998.
Read Dave’s full biography HERE
“It’s a real honor to have received the vote from my Olympic peers around the world,” said Hughes. “They are my friends and competitors; their trust in me is a responsibility that I do not take lightly.
World Sailing Vice President and US Sailing Board Chairman Cory Sertl joined the US Sailing Team to celebrate the good news: “We are delighted that Dave Hughes has been elected by his athlete peers to serve on the World Sailing Athletes’ Commission,” said Sertl. “It’s a huge honor and we’re thrilled to have someone of his vast experience in the room. He will be a wonderful advocate for a wide range of athletes. He articulates points of view very well and will be an excellent spokesperson for the sport and for the athletes. We all look forward to working with him in this capacity. »
“Our sport is in a wonderful time of transition,” Hughes said. “There are many stakeholders and massive decisions on the table. My priority is to act as the transmission between the athletes and their own governance. The more we make these connections, the healthier the navigation will be in the future.
World Sailing Athletes Commission:
- Jo Aleh (NZL), current president – 470 women
- David Hughes (USA), Vice President – 470 men
- Mathilde De Kerangat (FRA) – Laser Radial
- Pawel Kolodzinski (POL) – 49er
- Pavlos Kontides (CYP) – Laser Standard
- Heiko Kroger (GER) – Para Sailing
- Facundo Olezza (ARG) – Finnish
- Sofia Bekatorou (GRE) – Nacra 17
- Mayaan Davidovich (ISR) – RS:X Women
According to World Sailing, the Athletes’ Commission should:
- be a non-political advisory body to offer advice and assistance to World Sailing on issues and matters relevant to athletes and serve as a link between Olympic athletes and World Sailing;
- present the views of Olympic athletes to the Executive Committee through recommendations and proposals;
- promote respect for the rights of athletes within sport and make recommendations to this effect;
- promote high standards of sportsmanship and ethical performance in competitions and participations.
- reflect the views of Olympic athletes who compete and participate at the highest level and build relationships to promote feedback to the Executive Committee on matters affecting Olympic athletes; and
- liaise with the World Sailing Events Executive Committee to help World Sailing meet the needs of Olympic athletes.