At the OSAF Congress held in Port Moresby last week, Yachting Australia Board member, competitive sailor and Olympian Karyn Gojnich was elected one of four Vice-Presidents of the Oceania Sailing Federation (OSAF).
Members of OSAF, the federation of National Sailing Organisations responsible for the development and promotion of sailing in Oceania, gathered for their bi-annual meeting in Port Moresby to coincide with the 2015 Pacific Games.
The Congress, attended by Yachting Australia CEO Matt Carroll and representatives from more than ten countries, discussed opportunities and shared plans for the ongoing development and co-ordination of local sailing programmes in the region.
During the Congress, held at the Royal Papua Yacht Club, Yachting Australia Board Member Karyn Gojnich was elected Vice-President of OSAF. One of four Vice Presidents, Karyn has a long and distinguished sailing career including Olympic campaigns spanning more than 20 years, member of Yachting Australia's Athletes Committee and High Performance Advisory Group while continuing to compete in the International Yngling and International Etchells classes.
On the announcement of her appointment, Karyn said she was excited to be given the opportunity to get involved saying, “Many Australian sailors would agree Oceania provides some of the most beautiful locations in the world.
“We are keen to share our knowledge and experience to help not only the top end of our sport, but also assist our neighbours as they build their own sailing programmes and encourage local participation in countries that are so suited to our sport”, added Karyn.
In her role, Karyn will work with her OSAF colleagues to develop this important region, utilising the knowledge and experiences of our Australian sailors and administrators, as well as our sailing colleagues in New Zealand.
President of Yachting Australia Matt Allen congratulated Karyn on her appointment, saying “Yachting Australia is pleased to have Karyn representing us and assisting in the development of sailing programmes in Oceania. Her extensive sailing career and involvement across many levels of our sport will benefit the region and she will be a great asset to the OSAF community”.