Justine Dupont has been invited to chair a new athletes’ commission announced by the International Surfing Association (ISA) ahead of the sport’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020

The ISA has become the latest International Federation (IF) to announce the creation of a new athletes’ commission. With surfing set to make an appearance at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the formation of the commission marks an important step in the sport’s preparations for its Olympic debut.

The commission will provide a voice to athletes and ensure that they are heard at the top level of the sport’s governance, by representing their interests to the ISA Executive Committee. In addition, the commission will cooperate with the IOC Athletes’ Commission and other IFs to enable the sharing of resources and research.

By surfers, for surfers

The commission will be led by France’s Justine Dupont, who will be joined by ANOC Athletes’ Commission chair Barbara Kendall as ex officio, plus six other athletes from across the globe: Dylan Lightfoot (South Africa), Alana Nichols (USA), Masatoshi Ohno (Japan), Casper Steinfath (Denmark), Miguel Tudela (Peru) and Elle Williams (New Zealand)

Dupont, a world medallist in three ISA disciplines in shortboard, longboard and StandUp Paddle, said: “I am honoured to accept the ISA’s invitation to chair the Athletes’ Commission. As a long-time ISA competitor and professional surfer, I am looking forward to taking a leadership role where I can make positive change for the sport that I love.

“The commission will be diligent and thorough in making sure that we are passionately representing the vision and interests of all athletes of all genders, disciplines, and nationalities, to ensure that we continue the positive growth of surfing and on track to a great showing at Tokyo 2020.”

Inspiring change
In advance of her appointment, Dupont was one of more than 80 athlete representatives to attend the 8th IOC International Athletes’ Forum in Lausanne in November 2017.

An important focus of the Forum was to unite the global network of athlete representatives, and to provide tools that empower future leaders to create and sustain effective athletes’ commissions.