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World Sailing turns to key influencers to balance the boat

World Sailing turns to key influencers to balance the boat

by World Sailing on 18 October 2017

World Sailing looks to key influencers to balance the boat World Sailing

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Every boat competing in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, from this weekend, will see female sailors racing around the world and at Tokyo 2020 there will be a 50/50 split of male and female competitors.

There have been some good initiatives in sailing so far, but more work needs to be done to level the playing field. At the 2017 World Sailing Annual Conference, four influential figures in the sport will spark discussions and discussions at a special forum titled Balancing the Boat: Increasing Women’s Participation and Developing Pathways in Competitive Sailing.

Held on Monday November 7, Balancing the Boat will discuss solutions to ensure more women get into sailing and stay in the sport through the development of clearly defined pathways and systemic change to create more opportunities for women in the sport. top of the sport.

Hosted by broadcaster Alec Wilkinson in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the forum will be broadcast live on the World Sailing Network. Wilkinson will host key influencers before a panel session where followers will be invited to join the discussion and ask the panel questions using #UnitingOurSport on social media.

Speakers include:

Libby Greenhalgh (GBR)
Director of Operations at Magenta Project, Greenhalgh focuses on the visibility of women in sailing, showcasing the sport as one of the few sports where men and women compete on equal terms.

Sofia Bekatorou (GRE)
A two-time Olympic medalist, four-time Olympian and World Champion and Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Bekatorou is Vice Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission of World Sailing.

Joe Jacobi (USA)
Jacobi won the United States’ first-ever Olympic gold medal in the whitewater canoe slalom, served as CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, and will share his experience creating sustainable, high-performance systems that drive the participation of women in sports.

Jo Aleh (NZL)
Aleh, a two-time Olympic medalist and Rolex World Sailor of the Year, sits on the World Sailing Athletes’ Commission and is a strong advocate for women in sailing.

Andy Hunt, Managing Director of World Sailing, said: “We have seen an increase in female participation in recent years thanks to the Volvo Ocean Race initiatives and the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020.

“Nevertheless, we all have a responsibility to further develop women’s participation in sailing, from the grassroots to the top of our sport.

“Balancing the Boat will spark debate among our stakeholders with first-hand accounts from some of the world’s leading female sailors and an outside perspective of canoeing and kayaking.”

“At the end of the forum, I would like to see a number of ideas that we can turn into concrete actions over the next few years.”

Balancing the Boat is one of two open forums at the 2017 Annual Conference. Following the publication of World Sailing’s sustainability strategy in 2016, World Sailing will announce the 2030 sustainability agenda at the eponymous forum where The sport’s main objectives to be achieved by 2030 will be published.

Both forums will be held alongside World Sailing’s 2017 annual conference, which starts on Saturday 4th November and runs until Sunday 12th November. The forums, two days of Council meetings and the Annual General Meeting will be broadcast live on the World Sailing Network.

The main theme of the 2017 Annual Conference is “Uniting Our Sport”. Sailing stakeholders will work together to grow and develop the sport so millions more people fall in love with sailing.

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