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Yui Shing Tong (HKG)

Name: Yui Shing Tong
Year of Birth: 1959
Nationality: Hong Kong, China
Residence: Hong Kong
First language: Cantonese
Other languages: English (fluent), Mandarin (fluent)

Candidates Goals

I have a burning desire in playing a pivotal role in shaping World Sailing into an efficient, transparent and fair international organization with the team. These are indeed challenging times for all sports federations throughout the world. Still, we, World Sailing, are facing unprecedented challenges both organisationally and financially, leaving us currently extremely vulnerable. I am confident that I can enhance the sport's current stance by utilising my experience of the sport in conjunction with real enthusiasm and focus to the board, especially when it comes to the development of our sport in Asia and the Middle East. I feel that will be able to assist in providing stability, engagement, and direction during these troubling times with my connections, personal experiences and skills, in order to give back to our wonderful sport to which I owe so much.

Below are goals that I hoep to achieve as the Vice President of World Sailing:

1. Create a Harmonious Environment and Community

I would like to develop an ecosystem of mutually respectful sailors that can be interdependent and are able to support each other. I will contribute my strength and wisdom to help building a harmonious, united and progressive team.

2. Further Develop and Reform the Sailing Market

In the current state, World Sailing is facing an abundance of difficulties and challenges. I aim to reform the association and the market via a few critical elements; to contribute and enhance our current mode of competition organisation, as well as to assist in the development of youth sailing operations. With my network in Asia developed over decades, I also aim to encourage industrial enterprises to financially feed back and support World Sailing in this gruelling period.

3. Promote the Sport and Cooperation Among Regions

I will expend all my resource and personal experience in order for World Sailing to further enhance and streamline its operations internationally. I will actively promote inter-regional sailing exchanges and cooperation, which may include sharing of superior resources, talent interaction or knowledge transfer, as well as contribute to the development of regional (intercontinental) sailing. Active promotion of cooperation and cross-fertilization of ideas among regions would hopefully unite the enterprises and organizations in the marine sports and marine tourism industry.

4. Enhance Level of Transparency

I aim to achieve a higher level of transparency along with fair and just international organisation power. In order to achieve this, I will actively promote new administrative reforms. I will approach this in an unbiased manner, so that I can develop reformation ideas to intergrade and accommodate for the needs and desires within our community, especially the difficulties of countries and regions that need help in the development of sailing. In this way, stability would be achieved.

5. Act as an Adapter between East and West

As a Hong Konger, I have been brought up and educated in what for Asia is a very Western system, at the same time speaking Mandarin and Cantonese. Not only do I already work closely with our colleagues in China, I have a close bond with NSA's across the region. I believe that this puts me in an excellent position to understand the different cultural and business practices the world of sailing faces, while trying to develop the sport outside of the traditional western and more developed sailing nations internationally, as well as resolving the long-lasting problem of language barrier between non-English speaking sailing communities and World Sailing, especially in the Asian Regions.

Sailing Career

2014, Bronze Medalist, Hobie 16 Division, Incheon Asian Games 2014

1985 - 2019, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist, Hobie Asian Championships

1991, Yachtsman of The Year, Hong Kong Yachting Association.

1990, Gold Medalist, Hobie 16 Division, Asian Sailing Championship

1990, Gold Medalist, Japan National Hobie Championship

1980 - Present Racer, Hobies, Nacra 17, other racing multi hulls and keel boats

Sailing Administration

2016 - Present, President, Hong Kong Sailing Federation

2018­ - 2019, Organizer, Volvo Ocean Race Stopover Hong Kong

2018, Organizer, Optimist Asian & Oceanic Championships

2018, Organizer, 29er Worlds

2011 - Present, Chairman, International Hobie Class Association North Pacific Region

2010, Initiator, 19th Hobie 16 World Championships, Weihai, China

1995 - 2003, Commodore, Hong Kong Hobie Club

Roles within World Sailing

2016 ­- Present, Representative of the Member National Authority

2018 ­- Present, J Group Representative in World Sailing Council

Other

2005 ­- Present, Founder and Director, Bluefins Sea Sports Limited

1988 - 2008, Owner, Stevedore Companies

1988 - 1995, Operation Manager, Container Terminals in Hong Kong

Nominating MNAs

Antigua & Barbuda Sailing Association, Bahamas Sailing Association, Barbados Sailing Association, Belize Sailing Association, Bermuda Sailing Association, Cambodian Sailing Federation, Chilean Sailing Federation, Chinese Yachting Association, Deutscher Segler Verband, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Federacion Mexicana de Vela, Federacion de Vela de Puerto Rico, Hong Kong Sailing Federation, Israel Sailing Association, Jamaica Yachting Association, Japan Sailing Federation, Pago Pago Yacht Club, Philippine Sailing Association, Polish Yachting Association, Russian Sailing Federation, Singapore Sailing Federation, Turkish Sailing Federation

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