I believe I am not alone in thinking that today’s ISU should embrace the well-known maxim “change before you get changed”.
Before I considered running for the position of ISU President, I gave the matter a great deal of thought and asked myself if I had the relevant skills and the appetite to fight for positive change for our sport and our International Federation. I realised that my passion for sport and skating in particular, in all its forms, remains undiminished.
I have already spent several months meeting leading figures from every country, testing the vision for the ISU for 2016-2022 against the realities that our Member Federations face.
This is a particularly enriching experience for me, as the opportunity to listen to the people that make up the ISU – the Presidents of its Member Federations – has helped me to develop a Manifesto to bring the ISU into the modern age with a realistic and much-needed programme of actions and reforms.
Having consulted many in the ice sports family and willing to continue to do so, my desire to modernise the ISU and unite our diverse members is fundamental to my vision. And for me success must be collective or we will have failed. It is this approach that underpins my Manifesto.