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  • Paul Henderson, Vygo Ambassador

    Posted on November 29th, 2011 Nancy No comments

    We are very proud to anounce that Paul Henderson will be the first official VYGO ambassador.Living on Toronto Island around boats and sailing Paul learned the basics of the sport, as well as the values and importance of sport early in life. He became a very active competitor in sailing, winning medals at World, North American and National Championships. He has the record of having competed in all the Canadian Olympic Sailing Trials from 1948 to 1984. Paul has represented Canada at three Olympic Games: 1964 Enochima in the Flying Dutchman, 1968 Acapulco in the Finn and at the 1972 Schilksee as coach. He also qualified for the 1980 Olympics at Tallinn in the Star but Canada joined the Olympic Boycott against the Soviet Union.

    • Paul helped found the Water Rat Sailing Club 1970 and the Outer Harbor Sailing Community, the Mooredale Sailing Club, the Outer Harbor Sailing and Catamaran Club, the St. Jamestown Sailing Club and the Hanlan Boat Club.
    • He was a member of the founding group that set up CORK (Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston)
    • The first time Paul represented Canada at the International Yacht Racing Union, was in 1970 to advise on the sailing venue for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He stayed active for ISAF for over 30 years.
    • Paul Henderson dedicated five years as a volunteer in his leadership of the Toronto Olympic Bid, to host the 1996 Olympic Games and was also consulted to the 2008 Olympic bid and to the 2010 Vancouver bid.
    • Paul was elected President of the ISAF in 1994; the first non-European to ever hold this position.
    • He was on the IOC Sports and Environmental Commission and Women and Sport Commission. During his presidency sailing went from 18% women athletes in Atlanta 1996 to 35% in Athens 2004.

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