New Zealand sailor Jo Aleh recognised by World Sailing Athletes’ commission.

October 26, 2016 by Keren Cook
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Five sailors have recently been elected to the World Sailing’s Athletes’ Commission.

Jo ALeh

Jo ALeh

The governing body has announced Jo Aleh of New Zealand, Greece’s Sofia Bekatorou, Israel’s Maayan  Davidovich, Juan Ignacio Maegli of Guatemala and Slovenia’s Vasiliij Zbogar each received the backing of their peers.

The Athletes’ Commission reports directly to the World Sailing Board of Directors with the Chair a permanent voting member of the board. The Commission represents the interests of Olympic sailors, encouraging open communication and feedback.

The recently appointed group of 5 will take up their roles following a vote by sailors who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic regatta. They join three existing members in the Britain’s Sarah Gosling, China’s Lijia Xu and Yann Rocherieux of France.

The five sailors will serve eight-year terms through to 2024, with the existing trio coming to the end of their tenure in 2020.

New Zealander Jo Aleh, won Olympic  gold at London 2012 in the women’s 470 class with Polly Powrie, before adding silver at Rio 2016 in August.

The Rio Olympic games 2016 was Jo Aleh’s third Olympic games for the Jewish New Zealander.

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