The Leadership in Women's Sailing Award was presented this year to Betsy Alison

Betsy is the top-ranked U.S. women's match racer holding 22 national and international titles, and mentor to young people in numerous sailing programs. As coach, Alison led the U.S. Disabled/ Paralympic sailing team to a Bronze medal. With her is Doris Colgate, at left, president of the National Women's Sailing Association, and Becky Squires, director of public relations for BoatUS The annual award is jointly sponsored by NWSA and BoatUS.

The 2000 recipient is Betsy Alison, one of the top-ranked women sailors in the U.S. and the world. She has the number one ranking in the U.S. for women's match racing and is ranked second in the world. Her current goal is to win an Olympic medal in 2004 in the new women's keelboat discipline in the Olympic Games to be held in Athens, Greece. But Betsy has done much more than race and much of her leadership has been in advising and coaching disabled sailors. She recently coached the U.S. Disabled/Paralympic Sailing Team to a bronze medal in Sydney. She has also volunteered her time to the National Women's Sailing Association's AdventureSail program which reaches out to inner city and at-risk young women. Alison holds 22 national, international and world sailing titles.