The election for the new US SAILING Sailor Athlete Council (SAC) ended on September 15, and the following seven registered sailor athletes have been elected to serve four-year terms.
- Bob BILLINGHAM, Dean BRENNER, Sandy GROSVENOR, Kim HAPGOOD, Tom LEWECK, John LOVELL and Hannah SWETT.
These new members will join Louise GLEASON, Hal HAENEL, Bob MERRICK, Mark REYNOLDS and Cory SERTL who all have two years remaining of their terms.
The mission of the SAC is to maintain an avenue for sailor-athletes in US SAILING to voice their opinions, and to provide a forum and opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the future and direction of our sport.
SAC will hold its next meeting and welcome the new Council-members at US SAILING's Annual General Meeting on Friday, Oct. 22 in Portland, Ore. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is invited to attend. The elected members of SAC are your representatives at US SAILING, and the SAC Chairperson has a seat on the US SAILING Executive Committee. If there is a racing-related issue within our sport, and you want your voice within US SAILING, speak to a member of the Sailor Athlete Council.
The U. S. Olympic Committee and the Amateur Sports Act have mandated that each of the Olympic sports must have twenty percent athlete representation on the Board of Directors and certain designated committees, which make up that sport's national governing body.
The SAC, while created due to an Olympic Committee mandate, has been established to represent all of the active racing community.
Elections are held every 2 years to determine the council members. All US SAILING members designated as sailor athletes are encouraged to vote.