ISA sets up athletes commission ahead of Olympics bow
The International Surfing Association has launched an athletes' commission ahead of the sport's debut appearance at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
The ISA said the commission will "ensure that athletes’ opinions are heard at the highest level of governance in surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP), and all surf-related disciplines."
The eight-member commission will be chaired by Justine Dupont (pictured), who has medalled across three ISA disciplines (shortboard, longboard, and SUP), and was part of the French team that won gold at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz.
ISA vice-president Barbara Kendall, the International Olympic Committee member from New Zealand, and chair of the Association of National Olympic Committees' athletes’ commission will serve as the ex officio of the commission.
The ISA athletes’ commission will be tasked with: representing the rights and interests of the athletes to the ISA executive committee; ensuring the athletes’ opinion is heard at the highest level of governance; giving advice to the ISA on athlete-related matters; providing current and past international athletes with the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the sport; and liaising with the IOC athletes commission and other sporting organisations to share information and research.
ISA president Fernando Aguerre said: “These athletes will play a vital role in the development and growth of surfing as we head into the final stages of preparation for surfing’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games. We will be heavily weighing these athletes’ advice and recommendations to take their interests into account when making high-level decisions.
“I welcome this great team to the ISA family and look forward working closely with them to promote the well-being and growth of surfing worldwide.”