George Andreadis honoured with Beppe Croce Award
George Andreadis (GRE) has been awarded the Beppe Croce Trophy, which honours an individual for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing.
The trophy, which was first awarded in 1988 in memory of Beppe Croce, World Sailing President from 1969-1986, was presented to Andreadis by President Carlo Croce at the 2016 World Sailing Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
On receiving the award Andreadis said, "Your majesty, Mr President, ladies and gentleman this is a very touching moment. Receiving the Beppe Croce is the greatest honour and I would like to thank the board for bestowing me with the award.
"2016 marks 44 years since I first attended the International Yacht Racing Union meeting in London in 1972. From the early 90's the annual conference started travelling internationally and helped in embracing the success of far more of the sailing world which has been proven here in a record level of attendance.
"Being involved as a committee member, and Chairman, on Council and as a Vice President, I am fully aware of and appreciate the diverse scope of World Sailing and the critical role it plays in developing sailing around the world.
"I started sailing at a young age and became an Olympian at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. Since then I have been involved in every Olympic Games from all aspects. I have also been fortunate to have raced around the world and in many different classes. My sailing career naturally led me in to sports administration and I look forward to seeing World Sailing evolve and thrive as much in the future as it has in over the past four decades.
"My gratitude to all of you who volunteer so much of your time for our sport. I feel so fortunate to have worked with so many professional and dedicated people from all over the world. Sailing has given us so much and set our pathways in life. Giving back to sailing is why we are all here.”
Born in Athens on 30 September 1941, Andreadis grew up in Greece and at a young age became a passionate and dedicated sailor.
His passion led him to two appearances at the Olympic Games, in the Flying Dutchman at Mexico 1968 and Soling at Montreal 1976, and he has been continuously competing in international events over the past 40 years.
Despite numerous national and international sailing titles to his credit, it is his work in the administration of the sport which has endeared Andreadis to the sailing community at large.
Andreadis has been an active member of class associations and boards, entrusted with organizing major events that affirm the place of sailing in the Olympic Games. A founding member of the Hellenic Olympians Association, Andreadis helped shape the Olympic movement in his own country as well as making significant contributions to the Olympic competition at large.
After competing in the Games, Andreadis became Team Leader of the Greek Sailing Team at Moscow 1980, was Chairman of the Measurement Committee for the next three editions and was Chairman of the Sailing Committee at Atlanta 1996. These, combined with his World Sailing duties at the Olympic Games led to Andreadis being awarded the Olympic Order of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2010.
Beginning his work with World Sailing in 1972, Andreadis has been eagerly involved in all aspects of sailing administration which has now culminated in his awarding of the Beppe Croce Trophy.
Andreadis' early involvement in the world governing body was based around the Keelboat Committee where he served as a member, then Vice Chair and eventually Chair. Present during the IRYU period, Andreadis served as Vice President between 1986-1994 and continued his involvement through the transition to ISAF, and on to World Sailing.
A member of Council between 1994-1998 and 2008-2012 under the ISAF banner, Andreadis also served as Vice President twice more between 1998-2008 and 2012-2016 as well as sitting on the Offshore Committee (2000-2008).
With a keen interest in the world of sport and sailing, Andreadis was integral in initiating disabled sailing in Greece and was a member of the Organizing Committee for the 2003 International Foundation of Disabled Sailing World Championship. He has also supported the Special Olympics as an Official Sponsor.
Such is Andreadis' passion for sailing, he created the Atalanti Racing Team in 1974. By promoting the values of sailing for over 40 years Andreadis has brought major sailing events to Greece. His recognition however extends past his native land as he has been an Honorary President of the Cyprus Yachting Association since 1995.
About the Beppe Croce Trophy
The Federazione Italiana Vela presented the trophy to World Sailing in memory of Beppe Croce, World Sailing President from 1969-1986. Awarded to an individual who has made a voluntary outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing, the Beppe Croce Trophy roll of honour is an impressive one. Including multiple Olympic medallists, rules gurus and designers, all have dedicated an outstanding amount of time to the sport of sailing:
1988 His Majesty King Olav V of Norway
1989 F. Gregg Bemis (USA) / Gerald Sambrooke-Sturgess OBE (GBR)
1990 Paul Elvström (DEN)
1991 His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain
1992 Olin Stephens II (USA)
1993 Paul J. Phelan (CAN)
1994 Jonathan Janson (GBR)
1995 Otto Schlenzka (GER)
1996 Henry H. Anderson, JR (USA)
1997 Carlo Rolandi (ITA)
1998 Peter Tallberg (FIN)
1999 Mary Pera (GBR)
2000 Livius Sherwood (CAN)
2001 Peter Siemsen (BRA)
2002 Jan Linge (NOR)
2003 John Tinker (CAN)
2005 Paul Henderson (CAN)
2006 Ken Ryan (IRL)
2007 Jacques Rogge (BEL)
2008 Nucci Novi Ceppellini (ITA)
2009 Bill Bentsen (USA)
2010 His Majesty King Constantine
2011 James "Ding" Schoonmaker (USA)
2013 Göran Petersson (SWE)
2014 David Kellett (AUS)
2016 George Andreadis (GRE)
World Sailing strengthens kiteboarding governance
World Sailing, the world governing body for the sport, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) have today signed an important memorandum of understanding to record a new governance structure for Kiteboarding.
Kiteboarding on water is a discipline of sailing, and as such falls under the jurisdiction of World Sailing, which is the International Federation for sailing in all of its forms recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Associations of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and Sport Accord.
As part of World Sailing's responsibilities, it seeks to protect the rights of all Kiteboarding stakeholders by ensuring that events take place within the structure of the rules are run to the appropriate standards for the benefit and protection of riders.
The IKA will under World Sailing's Constitution and Regulations remain fully responsible for the racing, first past the post, disciplines of Kiteboarding.
The GKA will be sanctioned by World Sailing to run World Championships and World Cup events in the Kiteboarding expression performance disciplines of wave, strapless freestyle, big air and twintip-freestyle and slider/obstacle events. As part of the Special Events Agreement between World Sailing and the GKA, World Sailing can authorise the GKA to allow other professional event organisations to run events in the expression disciplines on its behalf.
Under the MOU, the IKA agrees not to run, organise or sanction world level expression performance events or competitions now governed by the GKA but remains responsible for the pathway and development as well as events on continental level and below.
World Sailing, the IKA and GKA will work together and fully co-operate to actively promote the united disciplines of Kiteboarding under World Sailings umbrella, avoid calendar conflicts and further develop the various disciplines within World Sailing.
Andy Hunt, CEO of World Sailing said, "I am delighted that the IKA and GKA have come together to agree a new united structure for the governance of Kiteboarding. We look forward to working with both organisations to support the growth and development of this exciting and dynamic part of our Sport”.
Mirco Babini, IKA President added that "establishing a strong and healthy partnership between IKA on behalf of its national member class associations and the GKA under World Sailings umbrella finally unites the sport to the benefit of the competition riders worldwide. With clear responsibilities and the pathway provided for all disciplines of our wonderful sport.”
Dr. Jörgen Vogt, Secretary General of the GKA was emphasising "the GKAs' objective will always remain the long-term growth and best interests of the sport. The GKA looks forward to work in harmony and good faith together with all kitesport stakeholders - especially with the athletes - to build a positive and inclusive culture.”
By Daniel Smith - World Sailing