World Sailing appoints Hannah Stodel as Para World Sailing manager

Hannah Stodel para world sailing manager

British Paralympic sailor Hannah Stodel has joined World Sailing as Para World Sailing manager.

Stodel is a four-time Paralympian, triple world champion, and disabled sailing advocate. In her new role, Stodel will manage and build key responsibilities with international stakeholders, including governing bodies, committees, athletes, coaches, classes and equipment manufacturers.

“Para Sailing has been growing rapidly and has a bright future,” says Stodel. “We should be community-led and serving the needs of Para Sailors around the world while providing the framework for further growth within the sport.”

In February 2023, there was widespread disappointment at the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) decision not to reinstate sailing to the Paralympic Games for LA28.

“The Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games is the new target for reinstatement, and I cannot wait to consult with athletes past and present to be able to serve the needs of the next generations,” says Stodel. “This is an exciting challenge but Para Sailing has been my passion since childhood and I am thrilled to be able to make a difference for the worldwide community.”

World Sailing says it is committed to achieving its goals for Para Sailing. In a statement, the organisation says ‘the addition of an experienced Para Sailor will bring a unique perspective and level of insight to the role, which will help World Sailing fulfil its promise to continue the growth of Para Sailing worldwide.’

World Sailing appoints four-time Paralympian Hannah Stodel as new Para World Sailing Manager
Stodel has represented Britain at four Paralympic Games

Koray Ezer, World Sailing’s head of international development, adds: “Hannah’s experience at the highest levels of Para Sailing and passion for the sport will be absolutely vital. This is a hugely positive step forward for Para Sailing and all forms of sailing, and we look forward to working together to support Para Sailors at upcoming Sailing World Championships and Para Development Programmes around the world.”

One response to “World Sailing appoints Hannah Stodel as Para World Sailing manager”

  1. Informatika says:

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