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Torben Grael (BRA)

Name: Torben Grael
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 22/07/1960
Nationality: Brazilian / Italian
Residence: Brazil
First Language: Portuguese
Second Language: English - fluent, Italian - fluent, Spanish - fluent

Goals:

Goals
1. KEEPING SAILING IN THE OLYMPICS BY INCREASING PARTICIPATION AND GROWING THE GLOBAL AUDIENCE.
2. GROWING THE SPORT GEOGRAPHICALLY BY CREATING A COMPETITIVE OFFERING FOR YOUTH GLOBALLY.
3. INCREASING THE LEVELS OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN OUR GOVERNANCE.
Dear fellow sailors and friends,
Sailing is once again at a crossroads. The key issues continue to centre on what is needed to preserve sailing as an Olympic sport. While we focus on the choice of Olympic equipment, we must also devote adequate attention to propagate sailing to the diverse sailing communities around the world.
Our sport relies on people with the passion and commitment to be hands-on and responsive in working with national organisations. This enables us to extract the best possible solutions and outcomes through powerful collaboration, collective wisdom and a diversity of ideas. To achieve this goal, World Sailing needs an executive team with deep roots in each of its regions as only such a management structure will understand the needs of each of our MNAs.
We will align sailing as a sport for life in tune with the spirit of the Olympic & Paralympic Movement. We will contribute to building a peaceful and a better world by educating our youngsters through sailing without discrimination of any kind. It will be practiced in a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play by capitalising on the huge diversity of our sport from windsurfing, kiteboarding, dinghy and skiff racing to offshore keelboat and foiling multi-hull racing, from recreational sailing and cruising to the most demanding professional racing.
We recognise that the Olympic status for sailing is a key driver for a high performance programme in many developed nations but it is also important in determining the support for development programmes in other less developed nations. The preservation of sailing in the Olympics and the support of the National Olympic Councils of member nations are critical in ensuring continued funding and technical assistance in both of these programmes.
These challenges are not new and they have remained as a recurring issue which will require a greater uniformed focus and pro-active approach with as many of our stakeholders as we can reach out to. The result of this collective approach and the quality of decisions taken, will have a better chance of preserving sailing in the Olympics. A top-down approach by elitist groups of decision-makers who dictate quick-fix and short-term solutions that seems to last within the tenure of the office-holders could see this vision left to flounder.
To face this challenge World Sailing need an executive team that can put in place a sustainable strategy and an open and transparent management structure. Members of my team have a specific skill-set and experience to lend diversity that is needed to form a strong team.
In recognition of the different needs from the various continents of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania, we will work hard to ensure that each of these continents will be represented by a qualified representative from each of these continents.
We want to create a World Sailing where regions and MNAs, are key to our future development. Regions and MNAs should be top of the pyramid. As an executive team, we will activate the resources and competencies within each region and within each nation. We will tackle the common challenges, which lie ahead, taking into account the local perspectives and the needs of each region.
We will actively engage with classes, coaches, organisers, suppliers and sponsors - all major stakeholders - to reach our objectives.

Sailing Career

2009 ISAF Sailor of the year

2009 Winner, Volvo Ocean Race

2004 Hall of Fame, Yachting Magazine

2000 Finalists, America's Cup

1996 - 2009 4 x nominee, ISAF Sailor of the year award

1984 - 2004 5 x Olympic medallist (2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze)

1978 - 1999 6 x World Champion (Star, Snipe, Snipe jr., One tonner and 12 metre)

1985 - 2005 9 x World Runner-up Champion (Star, Soling, Snipe, One tonner and 50' class)

1981 - 2004 12 x Continental Champion (Star Europeans, Star South America, Soling Pan America and Soling North America)

Sailing Administration

- Comodore of Rio Yacht Club 2013 / 2014
- Founder and member of the board of Projeto Grael ( Sailing institute ) 1998 / present
- Head Coach of the Brazilian Olympic Team 2013 / Present
- associate of :
late Clube de Brasilia
late Clube do Rio de Janeiro
late Clube de Santos
late Clube de Ubatuba Rio Sailing Club ( Niteroi )
Clube Naval de Charitas

Other Sports Administration

- Member of Brazilian Olympic Committee high performance department

Roles Within World Sailing

Other Information

1998 - Projeto Grael - Sailing school, professional workshop and environmental programmes
Member of Atletas pela Cidadania
Member of Baia de Guanabara institute

Nominating MNAs

Barbados
Brazil
Cook Islands
Denmark
Fiji
Guam
India
Kuwait
Korea
Mauritius
Oman
Great Britain
Pakistan
Palestine
Papua New Guinea
Puerto Rico
Samoa
Seychelles
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Trinidad & Tobago
UAE
Ukraine

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