Antoine Goetschy - Member of the World Paddle Awards Academy
Antoine Goetschy is a former kayak downriver racing World Champion, ex-Secretary General of the International Canoe Federation and a senior figure at the International Olympic Committee responsible for the coordination of the Youth Olympic Games.
Goetschy raced with distinction in downriver, winning multiple national titles as well as 4 K1 medals at the World Championships including 3 golds: (1987 classic individual and team, 1989 team) and a bronze in the 1989 individual men's event. He finished 9th in K2 marathon racing at the 1992 World Championships in Brisbane, Australia and is a multiple winner of the Ardèche Marathon. He also competed in slalom, sprint and kayak-polo, and enjoyed his wave-ski occasionally.
A prominent administrator, technical expert and team manager in the sport in his native France, Goetschy was President of his canoe club, Lyon Mulatière, for six years, Technical Director of the French national team and Director General of the French Canoe Kayak Federation (FFCK) for more than eight years. He became secretary-general of the ICF in 2005 overseeing the organisation’s move from Spain to Switzerland before joining the International Olympic Committee in 2008.
He is also an innovator by creating paddles, helmets, lifejackets and some kayaks like the Obsession 1 and 2 for competitions and the Wavehopper (first polyethylene downriver kayak) and the Vital (fitness) for 'fast access to high skill manoeuvres'.
Despite being based in land-locked Switzerland, Goetschy can be often be found out on the waters of Lake Geneva, usually at lunchtimes when he paddles his surf ski past the IOC’s lakeside offices in Lausanne. Training partners say he has lost none of his competitive instincts.