At the beginning of the Pan-American rafting championship the first Pan-American Council in history has been elected in the Valle de San Josè, Santander, Colombia.Martin Martinez, the WRF representative...
The 980 m venue in Çekerek district in the Yozgat province, Türkiye, is the second WRF Centre of Excellence. From 15th to 20th July, after months of careful planning and construction, the venue had a successful...
The World Rafting Federation has concluded a free technical workshop for the Delegations of Morocco and Iran in the city of Villeneuve, Italy from 10-12 July. The workshop is part of the WRF Developing...
At the beginning of the Pan-American rafting championship the first Pan-American Council in history has been elected in the Valle de San Josè, Santander, Colombia.
Martin Martinez, the WRF representative of the athletes, welcomed the delegations and opened the meeting, presenting the members:
President Freddy Merchan (Colombia)
Vice-president Alex Segura (Costa Rica)
Secretary Carolina Soto (Chile)
Board Ariel Domínguez (Argentina), Veronica Medici (Brazil), Gregory Perez (Venezuela), Jhelder Justi Alcala Delgado (Perù)
WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared “This is a great step for the rafting movement: this council put together newborn realities in the agonistic rafting and decades of experience in the river from the different commercial fields. Sport has nothing to take away from the river dimension; indeed it is a transversal tool for the common growth and I am happy to see that the everything started from the different realities in a spontaneous way. The common desire to genuinely grow gave birth to this project and I am ready and proud to be a part of it. It is a great pleasure to see that projects are not only words: with passion we can make things happen.”
Now, for the first time in history, San Gil will host an international rafting competition, after a solid 20 years experience of commercial rafting working on the big local rivers.
Tonight the opening ceremony officially inaugurated the Pan-American Rafting Championship 2022 in the Plaza principal de San Josè.
The recently elected President of the Pan-American Council Fredy Merchan, the Director of the Inder Santander, the local Mayor of San Josè and the event director Alba Salazar, after the introduction of the Sport Minister Maria Isabel Urrutia, attended the ceremony with 35 teams celebrating on the beats of the local music and dance.
The “PanAmericano” is officially on: nos vemos al Rio mañana!
The 980 m venue in Çekerek district in the Yozgat province, Türkiye, is the second WRF Centre of Excellence. From 15th to 20th July, after months of careful planning and construction, the venue had a successful inauguration during a World Rafting competition: the International Gran Prix of Türkiye. 171 athletes competed in the 3 rafting disciplines: most of the athletes were from Türkiye, where the federation is constantly improving as well as the participation of athletes; on the other hand, among the 6 categories competing, the flags of Armenia, Georgia, Italy and Kazakshtan definitely stood out.
Kazakshtan Senior delegation (men category) and the young Junion athletes from Italy (men, women and mix categories)
WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared “I am very happy about the progress that is going on: the venue is a positive step forward for the rafting development in Türkiye, and internationally, and at the same time a new starting point. The water level can increase thanks to the constant release that the lake guarantees and it will become a great whitewater venue, perfect for practice and competitions.” The President of the Türkiye Rafting Federation Mr Fikret Yardımcı welcomed Vice President of Türkiye Mr. Fuat Oktay and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Vahit Kirişci who, after the speech at the opening ceremony, have been in the venue and watched the competition of the young Junior athletes.
Mr Fikret Yardımcı, Sports Minister Dr Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu and Mr Danilo Barmaz
Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu took part in the event during the following days and with the Vice President thanked and congratulated everyone who took part in the venue construction: the public has been in the foreground and warmly welcomed.
Furthermore the village for the hosts is ready and immediately close to the water course: at the Centre of Excellence the doors are open and the waves guaranteed.
Next week Aosta Valley will welcome 135 athletes for the Euro Cup in Villeneuve: on 7th, 8th and 9th July they will compete in the III level rapids of Dora Baltea.
28 teams competing is 7 categories will land in Italy: despite the lack of water in Valtellina, where the competition was supposed to be, Dora Baltea river has a good water level for the race, thanks to the flow that comes straight from the glacier of Mont Blanc, just 20kms upstream.
On 7th Leverogne section will officially welcome the rafters in its canyon at the start of the Downriver.
8th will be the Slalom Day: 2 manches in the Loc. Chavonne, in front of Aventure center.
Final results will be decided on 9th with the RX knock out.
On Monday 11th July there will be a free Safety Workshop. The meeting will be held by Mr David Allemanni who invites the athletes who competed in the Euro Cup to participate.
See you in the river!
One day to go!
33 teams landed in San Gil, in the Valle the San Josè. The department of Santander, Colombia, is hosting the Pan-American Rafting Championship from 28 September to 2 October. Teams from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Perù and Venezuela arrived and are ready to paddle in rio Fonce. Italy sent a mix team and the male team who is actually the world champion with the overall gold in France. They who will not compete for the title but take part in the event.
On 30th September the competition will be on with the qualification phase of the RX.
The Pan-American council will be elected during a board of directors and we will announce the members soon.
WRF President declares “I am very happy to see a great participation in this event, after 2 challenging years of sacrifices and doubts for the athletes. I wait for all of you in San Gil and for now I wish you good luck with the training, discovering the big rapids of rio Fonce”
The World Rafting Federation has concluded a free technical workshop for the Delegations of Morocco and Iran in the city of Villeneuve, Italy from 10-12 July. The workshop is part of the WRF Developing Programme, which aims to develop the skills and quality of professional sports athletes and coaches worldwide.
It was led by professional international rafting coaches and instructors and focused on preparations for competitions, improving athletes’ training regimes and improving their technical abilities. The seminar also focused on safety in water sports thanks to the collaboration of a legend of rafting, David Alemanni.
Regarding the benefits and structure of the workshop, Mr El Mamoun, President of Fédération Royale Marocaine de Canoë Kayak and Responsible of the constitution of the new governing body for rafting sport in Morocco said:
“With the support of the WRF, Italian Rafting Federation and Rafting Aventure, we have provided useful training for more than 10 athletes by some of the leading international professionals in their fields.
Through the workshop, we are ensuring that our coaches and athletes have access to the latest best practices and techniques in the sport. We are working hard to be present at the Asian Championships in September, to organise the first African Championships in the coming springs and to arrive at the Senior Worlds with strong teams”.
Mr Ghazi Asgar, WRF Executive Board Member and Head of Delegation of the Iranian Iran Canoeing, Rowing & Sailing Federation at the last Euro Cup in Italy, said:
“During this seminar we discussed how rafting techniques should be, how training will be made systematic. For us, the workshop was very useful. This gives our athletes the chance to work with the latest best practices and techniques so they can improve their performances at competitions and their skills. Next goal is to organise a seminar in Asia to support all the WRF Members which are approaching rafting for the first time”.
Due to local political issues we are sorry to inform that the 2022 World Rafting Championship, supposed to be held in Zubin Potok, is officially cancelled.
The dates of all the other international races are confirmed. Check out the official calendar of the upcoming events:
Following the yesterday’s Board of Directors and several meetings among the event’s organisers in the previous days, we are sorry to comunicate that WRF is forced to postpone the Asian Championship. The race was supposed to be held from 16th to 23rd September 2022 in Himachal Pradesh state, in the northern India.
Heavy rain during the last week has caused havoc. As many as 22 people have lost their lives in floods, rockslides and landslides, with at least 6 people missing and 10 injured.
Due to the natural disaster the dates of the competition have been delayed and will be discussed with the organisation and the Board in the upcoming days.
“We are truly sorry for the local struggle and pay our respect to the families involved in the disaster. I am sure our athletes will comprehend the situation. President of the Indian Rafting Foundation Shaukat Sikand did everything he could in order to help the organisation of the race, but we will compete in India once the emergency is over, wishing the local people to return to comfortable and safe conditions as soon as possible” WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared.
First race day of the Euro Cup in Villeneuve was opened by the RX selection on 7th afternoon: Dora Baltea river welcomed 128 athletes and 27 teams with its III grade rapids, that selected the matches of the knock-out phase that is taking place today. Later in the day, yesterday, the the first points were scored with the 6kms of Downriver, starting from the amazing Inferno canyon in the Leverogne section.
Men category - Italy
The fastest team to stop the clock and was Rafting Team Verona, who got the first 80 points winning the Senior Men category with 22’17.52; 30 more seconds for the silver CC Pescantina-AddaViva-RaftingAventure (22’50.87- 72 points). Third step of the podium and 64 points for AddaViva-M&N who finished with 23’25.63.
Women category - Iran
Italy leads also in the women category: 24’24.57 for the team AddaViva-RKCC-RaftingAventure who got the first place. Iran got the silver with 27’44.42, straight ahead of Turkey team with 28’33.78.
A challenging downriver for the 6 MIX teams that saw 4 teams from Italy getting the best times, followed by France and Morocco. First place for Rafting Team Verona with 22’47.90 only 10 seconds ahead of the teammates RaftingTeamVerona-M&N-DRD4 with 22’57.11. Bronze medal for the local team of guides IntiRafting-RaftingAventure with 23’17.45.
Mix category - France
ParaRafting category was taken by M&N-AddaViva_RaftinTeamVerona (22’38.35) followed by M&N-SesiaRafting-Pescantina-AddaViva (23’15.81).
A great time for the Winner of the Junior Men: RaftingAventure with young U19 local athletes stopped the clock at 22’58.13, sixth best time overall. Second place, with 23’44.48, for M&N.
A gap of only 20 seconds between the winner of the Junior women DRD4 24’56.52 and the second RaftingTeamVerona 25’14.17.
Last category is Junior mix with the golden AddaViva-DRD4-M&N 23’43.59 and M&N-DRD4 25’05.63.
ParaRafting category - Italy
Narrow passages and a tricky water level awarded these first points: everything will be decided today with the RX and with the 2 closing matches of Slalom on Saturday that will take place in the same section in Villeneuve.
WRF recently had the honor to interview Professor Stephan Wassong. He is a German sport scientist and university lecturer.
He studied sports science at the German Sport University of Cologne and at SUNY Cortland in New York state, completed his habilitation in the field of sports history and sports education. From 2007 to 2009 he was an Assistant Professor at Liverpool Hope University.
In October 2011 Wassong took over the management of the Institute for Sports History and the scientific management of the Center for Olympic Studies at the German Sport University Cologne. Since 2004 he has also been a member of the European Committee for Sports History, of which he was President from 2007 to 2009. He is editor of the Journal of Olympic History, the official journal of the International Society for Olympic Historians, and was a member of the IOC Postgraduate Grant Selection Committee from 2005 to 2010 . Since 2010 he has been head of the international Master of Art in Olympic Studies. From October 2011 to May 2014 he held the office of Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching at the German Sport University.
Mr. Wassong and the IOC President Thomas Bach
Professor Wassong, what is the institutional definition of Good Good governance?
I’m starting from the origins of the word governance: it derives from the Greek verb kubernaein [kubernáo] that means to steer. Whether we are talking about a club, a society or a federation, governance is the continuous process of managing all of the dynamics, like managing a boat.
Mentioning the IOC paper from 2008 entitled Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance of the Olympic and Sports Movement there are 7 principles that I consider the fundamental ingredients for Good Governance:Vision, mission and strategy Structures, regulations and democratic process Highest level of competence, integrity and ethical standard Accountability, transparency and contro Solidarity and development Athletes’ involvement, participation and care Harmonious relations with governments while preserving autonomy
I completely agree with the outcome of the seminar that in the following year discussed the IOC paper. I think that, in order to properly define Good Governance, we should add the qualities that are included in the 3 Olympic Values: excellence, friendship and respect. I stress the fact that these umbrella values include subordinary values. For example responsibility and integrity (as parts of excellence), tolerance and loyalty (as parts of friendship) and honesty (as part of respect).
Olympism for young athletes: what is possible and what are the challenges?
Sport has the potential to strengthen and make significant contribution to education. According to the World Health Organisation we can identify 10 life skills that are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour. They enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.
“Described in this way, skills that can be said to be life skills are innumerable, and the nature and definition of life skills are likely to differ across cultures and settings. However, analysis of the life skills field suggests that there is a core set of skills that are at the heart of skills-based initiatives for the promotion of the health and well-being of children and adolescents. These are listed below:Decision making Problem solving Creative thinking Critical thinking Effective communication Interpersonal relationship skills Self-awareness Empathy Coping with emotions Coping with stress”
The development of these life skills can be facilitated by sport: sport can teach or help the growth of these skills. Sport challenges young athletes and they can transfer what they learn to non-sporting settings.
Olympism is a traditional and concrete application of this view: competition fosters public engagement and contributes to the prevention of disorientation, supplying a guidance.
It is not an immediate and independent process, it needs strategies and infrastructures such as school sport facilities, public fields or training centres. Institutional support and synergies with the social and political context are required as effective tools for education. A federation needs institutional support to grow and be effective: NOC, the IOC, international federations and sport foundations, universities. If we support the sport with institutional synergies then we can really use any discipline as a tool for the educational process.
The WRF is working on a new educational process in order to develop its managers and coaches. What is the pillar topic that an educational path needs to include?
The strategy is fundamental. A modern federation, in order to strengthen its profile and structure, has to provide educational programmes bearing in mind 2 topics: 1 to coin a specific modern profile, the nature of the programme (in any case it has to be flexible and clear) and 2 to reflect on the content (it is important to set up a market discipline programme: commercialitazion, administraton, polititation, mediatitazion of the sport). It is not only necessary to be fully understood but the link between these topics is also an engine to further develop the sport knowledge.
In order to build a concrete path we should link all the teaching content with ethical considerations. At the end of the day it is the effective education and the ethic process that matters.
WRF President Danilo Barmaz, on behalf of the rafting community, thanks Mr Wassong for his time and the opinions he shared. Finally he congratuleted him for the great contribution he made and is constantly giving to the sports world.