Sportaccord/GAISF Announces the Appointment of its New Director Nolvenn Dufay de Lavallaz

July 17, 2009

SportAccord is an international non-profit organisation that groups together 104 International Sports Federations and Organisations.

SportAccord (previously known as GAISF, the General Association of International Sport Federations) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Nolvenn Dufay de Lavallaz as its new Director.

Nolvenn Dufay de Lavallaz, 34, from France, started her career on the field of play, coaching elite gymnastics. In 1999, she joined the French Ministry of Youth and Sports to develop sports and cultural activities at regional level, and educate coaches and administrators.

Graduated in Sport Management and holding a professional elite coach diploma, Dufay de Lavallaz completed her education in 2002 with an International Master in Humanities, Management and Law of Sport (CIES/FIFA Master).

She then joined the IOC Sports Department, where she led the first global sports evaluation for the review of the Olympic Programme and oversaw the organisation of the Sports Operations for the Beijing Olympic Games. More recently, she managed the Athletes section, developing new programmes to better support Olympians.

Announcing the new appointment, SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen said; “The appointment of Nolvenn is key at this point of the history of our organisation. We are restructuring deeply SportAccord in order to better support our Members and offer them new services. Nolvenn’s experience in developing programmes, as well as her understanding of the sports environment, makes her contribution a real asset.”

Commenting on her appointment, Dufay de Lavallaz said; “I have always considered GAISF and now SportAccord as a great opportunity for the sports Federations and Organisations to share knowledge and experience, develop expertise and get services that are commonly needed. I am proud to lead this organisation, especially at this very special moment where we face challenging changes, for the best of the organisation. I believe we can bring more to our Members; this is and will remain our objective.“