Sperry Top-Sider Awards Presented to French & Creignou - USA

Silver for Jen French & JP Creignou (USA) - Medal Presentations at the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition
Photograph:David Staley / IFDS
Dana Paxton / US Sailing as amended by IACA, Friday, 9 November 2012


San Francisco, Calif. (November 7, 2012) – From the iconic St. Francis Yacht Club, the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider presented the 2012  “Charlie Awards” to the sailors who achieved excellence in the following categories: Breakthrough Performance, Commercial Award, Best Teammate, Social Media Award, and Outstanding Service to the Team. The awards were presented November 3, in San Francisco, California, following US Sailing’s Annual General Meeting.

The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider ‘Charlie Awards’ are named in honor of our dear friend Charlie Leighton, who is the driving force behind and architect of our Team’s Medalist Donor Program,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “Tonight we celebrate the entire 2009-2012 Olympic quadrennium, recognize the Team’s achievements in 2012, and officially launch the 2016 quad in preparation for the Rio Games.”

The evening was emceed by Adams and began with a highlights video showing the past year’s achievements.

Best Team Performance: Jen French and JP Creignou
This award is given to the team who, over the previous 12 months, has produced the best overall performance on the water. Jen French and JP Creignou won a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in the SKUD-18. They teamed up in the SKUD and found success early on at US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR (3rd) and a silver at the IFDS World Championships. The award was presented by Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing Program.


“Jen and JP sailed consistently at the Games and sailed like champions,” said Adams. “Our entire nation of sailors is proud of them.”


The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes and Trinity Yachts.

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