Three-time Paralympics medalist of Germany Jens Kroker has been selected and elected to be the World Sailing’s Athletes’ Commission. He is becoming the first Para World Sailing representative in the commission.
Since the inception of this commission, it was open only for those sailors who had competed in an Olympic Sailing Competition in their sailing career.
All those sailors who had competed at the World Championships of year 2017 were eligible to vote for a representative who would compete at the world after winning.
Kroker got the vote ahead of Neil Patterson hailing from Australia along with Tomas Saez Raffaeli from Brazil and Shinya Yamamoto from Japan.
On his selection as the representative, he said, “On being selected in the commission, I feel very honored. I really excited that I have been elected by the Para World Sailing community and will represent our sport in the Athletes’ Commission of World Sailing (ACWS)”.
“I am really excited to have the opportunity to be here and contribute my knowledge in the competitive sailing which will help the sport to grow further.”
If you ask my main goal while being in this position then it will certainly be to achieve reinstatement of sailing sport into the Paralympics in the year 2024. Just like the other sailor, I also believe that this sport should be included in the Paralympics and with the support of so many sailors, this is not an unachievable target.”
Kroker has been a regular at Para World Sailing events; he made his first appearance in the year 1997.