The Athletes Commission composed of athletes representing each Olympic event, elected by the athletes themselves. The Athletes Commission holds at least one meeting each year and meets with the ISAF Executive Committee, to which the Athletes Commission makes recommendations.
The Athletes Commission has the following objectives:
The current representatives are:
ISAF organizes one meeting each year, which is held at the ISAF Secretariat, usually in late September or early October. ISAF covers travel, accommodation and sustenance for this meeting, which is usually held over two days during a weekend. Other meetings are co-ordinated by the Athletes Commission at ISAF Graded events.
The members of the Athletes Commission are expected to represent the interests of Olympic sailors to ISAF, and to encourage open communication and feedback from the sailors.
ISAF is now inviting athletes to nominate candidates to represent their Olympic event on the Athletes Commission.
To be eligible to serve on the ISAF Athletes Commission, athletes must have participated in the Olympic Games or be 'actively campaigning for the Olympics'. Athletes must also be classified as an ISAF Sailor, be a member in good standing of the class association of their event and of their Member National Authority (MNA) and hold an ISAF World Sailing Ranking.
In the future the athletes elected will serve a four-year term, although for this election the term will be two years, 2007-2009, to align with the Olympic quadrennial. An athlete may serve as the ISAF Athlete Commission representative for a maximum of two terms. Athletes nominated cannot be an officer or paid employee of their MNA and/or Class Association and simultaneously serve on the ISAF Athletes Commission.
Any ISAF Sailor may propose a candidate from their Olympic event. Athletes may also nominate themselves. Only athletes ranked on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings may nominate an athlete for their event or nominate themselves. All nominations must be accepted by the nominee and seconded prior to the actual voting. Nominees who do not accept their nomination or fail to gain a seconder shall not be included on the final ballot for voting.
All nominations must be completed on the Athlete Commission Nomination Form which will be published by ISAF on 11 June 2007. All nominations must be received at the ISAF Secretariat by Monday 25 June 2007.
Voting will take place online via the ISAF website during the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championship, 28 June-13 July 2007. Only athletes entered at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships will be entitled to vote. The voting methods and exact voting timeframes will be clearly published by ISAF.
ISAF encourages all athletes to consider putting themselves or others forwards for this important role.
The ISAF Athletes Commission is there to support the interests of Olympic Sailors.
More information is at: www.sailing.org/athletes.
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