The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has appointed its core Sailing team which will deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events at Weymouth and Portland in the summer of 2012.
Each member of the four person team has extensive Olympic and Paralympic experience and between them they have covered every Olympic and Paralympic Games from 1984 in Los Angeles through to Beijing in 2008.
The team is headed by Rob Andrews
, (GBR) the Sailing Manager, who has overall responsibility for the Sailing events in 2012. He was part of the successful British coaching team up to the Athens Games in 2004 after which he transferred to event management. This included the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championship which was described by the ISAF Youth Chairman as the best ever ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship to date.
Rob commented: "This is the strongest team that I could have hoped to recruit, and the team has a wide range of experience covering many different working areas such as running competitions, coaching, team management, National Olympic, National Paralympic and Organising Committee experience. I believe we will be able to put on world class sailing events in 2012 and work closely with all our stakeholders."
(GBR) joins LOCOG at the end of July 2010 as the Field of Play Manager. Rod has extensive Sailing experience having just retired as Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Yachting Association - sailing's national governing body. Rod recently received a CBE for his services to sailing in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. He will manage all aspects of the Field of Play including managing the Race Teams and Integrating International Federation Officials. Rod will also approve and manage the volunteer teams picked from the UK.
Rod said; "I am delighted to have a role at the Olympic Regatta in 2012 and look forward to helping run a memorable event. It is an honour to be part of an Olympic and Paralympic Games on home soil"
Tessa Bartlett (nee Pelly) is the Sailing Services Manager, and will responsible for the planning, organisation and management of the administration functions of the Sailing events at the London 2012 Games. She has worked with the British sailing team at the Athens Games, as well as working on the GBR America's Cup programme during the 2003 America's Cup. Her skills were further enhanced by organising Ellen McArthur's Asian Record Circuit.
(GBR) is the Sailing Technical Operations manager. He is the Olympic medallist in the team, having crewed for Jo Richards
in the Flying Dutchman Class, winning a bronze medal in 1984. Pete has combined a highly competitive sailing career with building custom race boats, focusing more recently on production yacht manufacturing. He will be responsible for the shore side operation, including control of all the equipment and measurement, linking with ISAF and working from Portland Marina.
As part of its preparation for the delivery of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events and the delivery of the full London 2012 Test Event scheduled for August 2011, the current team will be seconded to the RYA for two weeks this August to help deliver the Sail for Gold Regatta. The LOCOG team will also observe the IFDS Paralympic World Championship in July 2011.
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