World Sailing unveils plan to champion gender equity-Xinhua

World Sailing unveils plan to champion gender equity

Source: Xinhua

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2024-05-30 11:22:30

WARSAW, May 30 (Xinhua) -- World Sailing launched a pioneering plan on Wednesday to encourage more women to participate in every aspect of the sailing sport.

The initiative, called "Steering the Course," outlines a vision for the sport by 2032 and encompasses a wide range of objectives and initiatives.

World Sailing, the global governing body for sailing, aims to achieve a target of 30 percent women registered as coaches and support staff at the World Sailing Championships in 2026/27 and to reach 35 percent women registered as coaches or team leaders at the 2026 Youth Sailing World Championship.

"Steering the Course, World Sailing's plan to support women in sailing, marks a significant milestone in the organization's ongoing efforts to promote diversity and empowerment across all aspects of the sport," said David Graham, World Sailing Chief Executive Officer.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be the first where two of the three chief roles in the sailing events will be held by female officials.

"By championing gender equity and inclusivity, World Sailing aims to not only enhance the Olympic experience for all participants but also to pave the way for a brighter, more diverse future for the whole sport, inspiring lasting change for this and future generations throughout the sailing community and beyond," Graham added.

Fiona Kidd, the World Sailing Head of International Development, emphasized that "gender should never be a barrier to participation or success."

"The plan to support women in sailing embodies our unwavering dedication to promoting gender equity, accessibility, and empowerment within our sport. This plan aims to break down existing barriers and create a more inclusive environment where women and girls can thrive and excel," Kidd concluded.