The President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, today announced the composition of the 24 commissions and working groups whose task it is to guide the IOC and the Olympic Games organising committees.
ISAF President, Paul Henderson (CAN), a member of the IOC since September 2000, retains a seat on the Sport and Environment Commission, and is now also a member on the Women in Sport Working Group. Peter Tallberg (FIN) ISAF President between 1986 and 1994, is an honorary member of the IOC Athletes Commission.
Paul has proudly represented the ISAF and Sport of Sailing on the IOC since 2000, and is one of only five Sports Federation representatives, out of the 35 Sports in the summer games. He has often expressed his views on the future of women in sport. It is only since 1988, that there has been a separate women's class at the Olympic Games.
The number of Women competing in sailing at Olympic level has risen steadily since 1988. From a participation percentage of 19% in Savannah, it is guaranteed to be over 35% in Athens next year.
At an ISAF level, Paul initiated a proposed increase in the representation of women on the ISAF Executive, Council and within MNA groups, as per IOC mandates. This has all but been achieved and whereas in 1996 there was one woman on the ISAF Council, today there are now four on the Council, including one Vice-President.
Click here to read the full article about women in sailing, written by Paul early last year.