ILP Alumni Atkins and Catton elected to key international rolesSubscribe
UK Sport 14 November 2012
Two alumni of UK Sport’s International Leadership Programme (ILP) have been elected to International Federation Executive Boards.
Chris Atkins from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) was elected to the International Sailing Federation 's (ISAF) Executive Board at the ISAF Annual General Meeting in Dublin on Saturday 10 November. Sue Catton from England Hockey was elected on to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Executive Board on Saturday 3 November at the FIH's Congress which took place in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia last week. Atkins and Catton, both alumni of UK Sport's ILP, have been elected for initial four year terms.
Atkins had previously served on the ISAF Council since 2005 and chaired ISAF's Events Committee for the last three years. Commenting on his recent appointment, he said: "I'm delighted and honoured to have been elected as Vice-President of the International Sailing Federation. Great Britain has always enjoyed close links with ISAF, and I hope to maintain and build on these to help ISAF grow the sport globally.
“The knowledge and awareness gained through UK Sport's International Leadership Programme, from working effectively within an International Federation to building relationships and understanding its electoral processes, has continually shown its value over the last four years."
She said: "It is a great honour to be elected as a member of the FIH Executive Board. These are indeed exciting times for the sport of hockey, both in the UK and globally. I look forward to contributing to the strategic direction of the game and growing it from both a participation and a commercial perspective.”
Simon Morton, Director of Major Events and International Relations said: “Congratulations to both Chris and Sue on their recent appointments. It is immensely satisying to see graduates of our International Leadership Programme go on to seek and secure such prominent positions within international governing bodies.”
GB Hockey also picked up the FIH President's award in recognition of its contribution to the development and promotion of hockey through maximising the opportunity at the London 2012 Games. Anne Ellis of Hockey Wales, a long serving representative on the FIH Executive Board, was also awarded the FIH Order of Merit in recognition of her lifetimes dedication to the sport. ISAF also presented the ISAF President Development Award to Rob Andrews in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the development of sailing through his role as Sailing Manager for London 2012.