The ISAF Silver Medal was presented to Frank in recognition of his many years of outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing and ISAF.
ISAF has valued and respected Frank's guidance and advice on a wide range of medical issues, including providing expertise to ISAF on injury in sport and the effect of high performance sailing on youth. He was instrumental in writing the first ISAF Anti-Doping Code and ensuring its ongoing development during the 14 years he dedicated to ISAF as a member of the Medical Commission, including ten years as Chairman from 1990-2000.
Frank retired as a member of the ISAF Medical Commission in November 2004. However, Frank will continue to support the sport as an International Race Officer, a status he has held since 1996, during which time he has officiated at a wide range of events including:
· Finn Gold Cup
· Splash Worlds
· Cadet Europeans
· Moth Europeans
· UK Olympic Trials
· RYA National Match Racing Championships
· 49er Europeans
· Fireball Worlds
Speaking on Dr Frank NEWTON's contribution to the International Sailing Federation and the sport of sailing, ISAF Secretary General Arve SUNDHEIM (NOR) commented, 'Frank has worked tirelessly in his role on the Medical Commission, the work of which has become ever more important over recent years with the increased responsibility to ensure athletes comply with the worldwide Anti-Doping Code.'
'Alongside the 'anti-doping' responsibilities, Frank has also shown great concern and understanding and undertaken considerable research into the physical effects of the sport on sailors, specifically youth - research which has enabled ISAF to make informed decisions. He has made an outstanding contribution to the sport and will be missed.'
At the ISAF Annual Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark ISAF announced the presentation of eleven ISAF Gold Medals and twelve ISAF Silver Medals, in recognition of their outstanding achievement to the sport. The then ISAF President Paul HENDERSON (CAN) presented medals to those in Copenhagen, with the remainder being presented by the individuals' respective Member National Authority.