Cecilia Farias - Member of the World Paddle Awards Academy
Dr. Cecilia Farias is a former national paddler for Argentina; she was 2-time National Champion in kayak sprint, once in pairs, once in doubles. She was one of the first women to compete in kayak (or canoe) sprint in Argentina, she did so at a time when focus was only on male athletes.
With a lifetime's worth of experience working in national and continental sport administration, she became of President the Pan American Canoe Federation (COPAC) in October 2011 following 13 years as its Secretary General of the Pan American Canoe Federation (COPAC) and was re-elected in 2015. In October 2017 October she was elected Life Honorary President of COPAC.
Also in 2015 she was elected as Vice President of the Association of Pan American Sport Confederations (ACODEPA) with an overwhelming vote of confidence from the continent's chief sports administrators - she is the first female representative to become part of its executive board.
At present she is; an International Canoe Federation (ICF) Vice President (since 2016, first female VP), Secretary General of the Sint Maarten Canoe Federation (Dutch Antilles), a Judge for sprint and marathon racing, a legal Arbitrator for the ICF, Chairwoman of the ICF Education Program, Member of the ICF Development Programme and a Member of the USA Canoe Federation to name a few.
In her career Cecilia was responsible for delivering canoe and kayak race programs at many international events including the 4-yearly Pan American Games. The 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico were of particular importance as they also served as Continental Qualifiers for the London 2012 Olympic Games – moreover she was a Jury Member during these Games, plus an officiate at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 Olympics.
For 7 years from 1996 to 2003, Cecilia was Secretary General of the Argentinian Canoe Federation as well as an Academy Member for the Argentine Olympic Committee in 2001.
Cecilia also has (near to) a decade's worth of experience working for the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC); she moved to Qatar in 2006 where she continues to reside. She was, at first, Operational Manager for canoe and kayak at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. Later promoted to Head of Precision Sports at the 2011 Arab Games, her most recent capacity at the QOC is Project Manager for Sport Sector Strategy.
Born in Buenos Aires, she is a strong advocate for women's and girls' rights in sport and has very much been on the fore-front of the development of the ICF Women's Committee – she was one of the individuals whose efforts hailed the arrival of women's C1 into the ICF World Championships.
Multi-faceted, Cecilia is also a qualified lawyer.