Yesterday, 14 November 2001, the IOC President Jacques Rogge presented Alain Alcindor of the Seychelles with the ISAF Volunteer of the Year Award.
At a special breakfast presentation with the ISAF Council and IOC President Jacques Rogge, ISAF announced that the ISAF Volunteer of the Year was Alain Alcindor (SEY).
Alain has been instrumental in the development of sailing in the Seychelles across all levels of the sport, initially as a sailing instructor, before moving onto the administrative side. He is currently President of the Seychelles Yachting Association, a member of the ISAF Regional Games Committee, a member of the National Olympic Committee of the Seychelles and Director of the National Sports Centre of the Seychelles, amongst many other positions held. He was team manager for the Seychelles sailing team at the 2000 Olympic Games.
In presenting the Award to Alain, the IOC President commented:
"It is a special privilege for me to be with ISAF and to present this Award. Volunteerism is the essence of sports, without which there would be no grass roots."
On receiving the Award, Alain responded:
"It is an honour to be here today and receive this Award for ISAF's appreciation of my contribution to sailing."
Alain also expressed his thankfulness to the Scout movement which guided him as a young sailor in the principles of helping others and fostering volunteerism.
1980-1985 - Volunteer Sailing Instructor
1990 - Elected Treasurer of the Seychelles Yachting Association
1991 - Organised Regional Sailing Championship in Seychelles
1991-2000 - Has annually been elected as Chairman of the Seychelles Yachting Association
1992 - Team Manager of Seychelles team at the Games of the Indian Ocean Islands and Jury Member
1992-to date - Works with National Sports Council as Watersports Co-ordinator responsible for all watersports in Seychelles, instrumental in development of sailing.
1993 - Organised the sailing events for the 4th Games of the Indian Ocean Islands
1995 - Team Manager of Seychelles team at ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships
1996 - Team Manager for Seychelles team at the 1996 Olympics
Team Manager for the Seychelles team at the Hobie Cat 16 World Championships
1998 - Team Manager for Seychelles team at the ISAF World Sailing Championship, Dubai
1999-to date - Member of the ISAF Regional Games Committee
2000 - Team Manager for Seychelles team at the 2000 Olympic Games