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Paul Henderson (CAN)

Name: Paul Henderson
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 17 November 1934
Nationality: Canadian
Residence: Ontario, Canada
First Language: English
Other Languages: French Basic


Overview: Every decade the constantly changing issues facing Sailing, really all International Sport Federations, must be addressed and at this time there are several challenges which are acute. It is essential that a change in direction not be done hastily and that the next four years be used to put the World Sailing house in order to meet these challenges. Stability during this period is required.

Finance: In today's world where all sports are under scrutiny all finances of World Sailing must be open and transparent, I would advise that all accounts be under one jurisdiction including but not limited to sponsorship. Olympic Revenue, and all fees paid. All revenue must be totally open to scrutiny by all sailors. It is also important that all financial involvement of elected officials and staff be also be openly transparent.

Governance: The elected officials should be an Executive with dedicated portfolios and responsibilities who set the policies and are involved totally in the administration of World Sailing. The Executive must also be the face of World Sailing and be accountable. Staff should carry out the directives of the Executive and be multi-national and multi-lingual so as to serve all facets of our diverse sport.

Events: World Sailing should be a sanctioning body providing the rules and regulations under which sailors go to sea to race. The regattas are mainly the responsibility of the various International Classes, the regatta organizers, MNAs and Yacht Clubs. Olympic Games are under the World Sailing jurisdiction as directed by the IOC.

Olympic Games: This is a major concern for all who are involved in World Sailing. The IOC is now going through restructuring and policy discussions. The IOC will spend the next 12 months debating the issues facing the Olympic Movement and many concepts have been rumoured but until they have been definitively agreed upon World Sailing should wait while at the same time liaising with other International Olympic Sports. It is prudent that World Sailing makes no changes to the now Olympic Classes for TOKY02020 so as to give stability during this reassessing period.

Observations: When initiating new policies World Sailing must take into consideration what impact these changes will have on all aspects of the Sailing community. A historical example is that when keelboats were deleted from the Olympics it negatively impacted Sailing in the Paralaympics as the physically challenged sail keelboats.

It is essential that World Sailing keeps the Olympic Games in perspective as it is only one important event in the broad spectrum of a very diverse sport. Many have argued that the Olympics are the pinnacle of Sailing's competitive racing. Sailing is not a pyramid but really the Himalayan Mountains with many challenging peaks to climb all important to the health of our wonderful sport.

World Sailing governs a life-long participatory sport that includes the broad spectrum from Windsurfing to Single-handers to Trapezes, International Classes to Olympic Classes to Offshore/ to Around the World Races, to the America's Cup and all classes and events in-between.

What a diverse spectrum World Sailing must govern!!

Conclusion: I trust the above is positively constructive and that many concerned sailors will put their names forward to serve on the World Sailing Executive and to volunteer for the numerous commissions. The next 4 years will be a very significant period for our beloved sport of Sailing and responsible directives must be developed after proper due diligence.

Sailing Career

Member, Canadian Olympic Team 1964, 1968, 1972, 1980,
Competitor in Canadian Olympic Sailing Trials 1952-1984
Canadian National Champion seven times
USA National Champion four times
Bermuda, Dutch, North American Champion
World Champion
Int. Classes owned and race Internationally: Sabot, Int. 14, FD, Finn, Star, Soling, Albacore, Snipe, Shark.

Sailing Administration

President, International Sailing Federation 1994-2004
Vice President International Sailing Federation 1978-1994
Vice President, General Assembly of International Sport Federations 2000 - 2007
Executive Member, Association Summer Olympic Sport Federations 2000 - 2004
Founder and Member of the Water Rat and Outer Harbour Sailing Federation
Honourary Commodore Royal Canadian YC.
Director, Harbourfront Disabled Sailing Association
International Olympic Committee Positions:
Member, IOC 2000 -2004
Member Representing ASOIF on the initial World Anti-Doping Association Board.
Member, IOC 2012 Olympic Bids Evaluation Commission
Member, IOC Sport and Environment Committee
Member, IOC Women in Sport Committee
Member, Board of Directors, Vancouver 2010
Inductee, Canadian Olympic Sport Hall of Fame 2001
President/CEO, Toronto 1996 Olympic Bid
Founding Member Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Bid

Other Sports Administration

President, Toronto Racquet Club (Squash)
Chairman, Co-Founder, Toronto International Dragon Boat World Championship 2006

Roles Within World Sailing

Member IYRU CPOC 1970-1976 (now Events Committee)
International Judge 1976 -1994
Technical Delegate for Sailing:
Olympic Games: L.A. 84, Pusan 88, Barcelona 92, Atlanta 96,
ISAF President: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004,
Technical Delegate Pan Am Games: Indianapolos 87, Havana 91, Mar del Plata 95 , Gimli, 99, Dom. Rep. 03


Member, Board of Directors, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Member, Board of Directors, Ontario Place
Member Advisory Committee to the Ontario Minister of Sport

Nominating MNAs

Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico
Trinidad & Tobago

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