Sanya, China – Betsy Alison (USA) has been awarded the ISAF President’s Development Award for her outstanding achievement in the development of Para World Sailing in 2015.

Alison commented on the award, “First of all I was speechless, honestly, for me it’s incredibly satisfying to be recognised for what so many people have worked so hard for, for so long.

“Even though we have had such a disappointment with the Tokyo 2020 IPC decision, the fact of the matter is that sometimes bad news or disappointing circumstances can provide the opportunity to change things in a manner that will make the sport better going forward.

“That’s the opportunity we have right now so working with the Para World Sailing Committee we are thinking way outside of the box and colouring outside the lines and look at ways, whether it’s through making equipment more simple and affordable to looking at events and making the format super exciting for the public and the media to follow.

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