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...
Welcome on board! The Federação Portuguesa de Canoagem's membership application has been approved by the Executive Board: Portugal becomes an official member of World Rafting Federation. Athletes are training and looking forward to their first international experience and the WRF President, Mr Danilo Barmaz, declares "We are glad to cooperate and develop rafting and paddle sport together!"
Turkish Rafting Federation and World Rafting Federation are glad to announce that Turkish Airlines has been appointed as official partner of WRF Senior World Championship 2019 that will be held in Tunceli from 8th to 13th June.
The event is a great opportunity to show the results of the first year of WRF: an
important meeting for the Federations Board, the first international experience for new members and a big race that will see estabilished teams from all over
the world compete to conquer the title of World Champs in this historical period for Rafting.
The accomodation is free: room and board will be offered by Turkish Federation and discounts on Turkish Airlines flights for National Teams are now available.
How to get the discounts? (https://www.worldraftingfederation.com/docs- 2/turkish-airlines/viewdocument)
Time Trial is the largest manufacturer of inflatable products for sports and outdoor activities in Russia for over 18 years and from 2019 this Russian affirmed brand becomes the Official Partner of World Rafting Federation: it will provide the main WRF competitions with the official rafts. Only the shipping cost shall be borne by the local organising committee.
During the World Champs 2018 in Ivrea (Italy) athletes from all over the world paddled on R4 Time Trial rafts and straight after the race WRF board started thinking about a long-term collaboration: at the end of March 2019 an agreement has been signed in Villeneuve between the Russian entrepreneur Ilya Gubarev and the WRF President Danilo Barmaz.
The TimeTrial factory was founded on 7th July 2000 by the captain of the Neva Tour Rafting team Sergei Petrov and since its inception, the priority direction for the company has been the production of inflatable rafts for rafting and competitions. Experienced specialists and representatives of the industries take part in the production of these equipments that are tested by professional athletes, coaches, Sports Federations, rescuers of the Emergencies Ministry and the military. Thanks to the modern technology offered by the production area of 2000 m² and 90 professional employees the rafts produced by the TimeTrial factory are present in 22 countries worldwide and have already earned the trust of many teams and Federations.
Mr. Ilya Gubarev declares "We are profoundly honored to collaborate with WRF, being part of the movement that is changing the Rafting World, making it grow, helping every single nation".
After successfully hosting the last Olympic Games in 2016, Rio de Janeiro will host Pan-American Master Games in September 2020 and rafting (R4) has been included in the programme thanks to the collaboration between Brazilian Rafting Association, Brazilian Canoe Federation, ICF, WRF and IMGA.
United under the spirit of sport for all and promoting an active society, the IOC and IMGA signed an agreement in November 2016 (https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-steps-up-its-support-for-mature-athletes- and-signs-mou-with-imga) to strengthen their cooperation in the field of masters sports and continue to explore means to promote and encourage mature athletes from all over the world to practise sport regularly.
"I have good news" says Benedetto Del Zoppo, Sport Department Responsible of the Italian Rafting Federation (FIRAFT): the Italian Paralympic Committee (C.I.P.) recognized Rafting as an official sport by means of a Memorandum of Understanding and the next months the ParaRafting datas will be straight observed and analized by CIP. It is a historical moment, an event that will benefit the entire Italian Federation and represents an example for the other countries. Indeed the Paralympic field is a driving force for Sport in general, from the commercial team building to a new opportunity for other Para-athletes who are looking for adrenaline, fun and healty competition.
"Italy is selecting national teams through regular meetings for the the First World ParaRafting Championships ever, that will be organized in Kiev from 4th to 7th October 2019 by the Ukranian Rafting Federation and WRF" said Max Manfredi, Italian Member of the WRF Para-Rafting Commission.
The "BE WATER" project, co-financed by the European Union, has officially started in Slunj: it aims to enhance and “use” aquatic outdoor sports as a means of environmental education and awareness.
The kickoff of the project co-financed by the Erasmus + program has just been held in Slunj, Croatia, along the Korana River. The meeting was attended by representatives of the four project partners from Comunità della Val di Sole (Italy), the Kajak Kanu klub ’’Rastocki mlinari’’ (Croatia), the Rafting Club “Gimpex Straza” (Slovenia) and F.I.Raft (Italian Rafting Federation).
The activities carried out through the project will allow the creation of innovative and European environmental education tools based on outdoor aquatic practices (such as rafting and kayaking) and to start a transnational communication and awareness path on the importance of the water resource.
Project idea is born by the match of two transnational and common trends that need a common and innovative answer: on one side there is the outdoor sports practices in constant growth. With the increasing of outdoor sport practice popularity, mountains, rivers and other natural areas are under growing stress: according to the partners of the project, it’s is important to support this trend and bring citizen to practice open-air activities but at the same time it is essential to minimize the impact of outdoor sport activities on the wilderness, protected areas, rivers and to develop outdoor sport activities that include awareness on environmental protection. On the other side there is the specific water issue: waters sports and theirs industries need to be aware of - and develop more resilient offer to - the water crisis at local and international level (lost of glaciers, pollution, …) not only for environmental sustainability but also for economical and social issues.
Indeed, in order to guarantee environmental sustainability and open-air sport growth there is a need to develop alternative educational and sensibilisation processes and tools able to involve and sensitize citizens.
The first action that will be developed by the partnership will be the training of some "ambassadors" of the rivers. Through training courses dedicated to rafting, canoeing and kayaking guides, the project will contribute to improving the knowledge of the peculiarities and problems related to water at local and global level.
2019 Senior Worlds is set to be another amazing event.
Please be aware the schedule may still change slightly, depending on TV requirements, and also the number of entries received for the event.
Read Bulletin 2 (https://www.worldraftingfederation.com/component/edocman/tunceli-senior- world-championships-bulletin-2/viewdocument?Itemid=)
On 8th March 2019 the International Federation for Sport Officials (IFSO) was created in The Hague (Netherlands). The first general assembly took place at the Peace Palace, the headquarters of the International Court of Justice. The World Rafting Federation, represented by President Danilo Barmaz, was present as a founding member.
In 1987 the French Multisport Officials Association (FMOA) or l’Association Française du Corps Arbitral Multisports (AFCAM) was created by 12 French Federations of different sports. Now, 32 years later, institutions, among which several international sport federations and national Olympic Committees, including International University Sport Federation (https://www.fisu.net/news/fisu-becomes-founding-member-of-international- federation-for-sports-officials) (FISU), Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF), International Sport School Federation (ISF) and an observer for the IOC, decided to create a worldwide federation exporting this model.
Mr. Patrick Vajda, the IFSO newly-elected President, declared: "It may seem surprising to mix so many different sports activities, but on reflection, one quickly understands that the problems arising in refereeing are the same regardless of the sport practiced!
- The notion of respect is a fundamental element often forgotten.
- The referee and the judge are “actors” in the sporting competition, whatever the sport. This word actor is crucial, since we are the only ones together with the athletes to have a direct impact on the result of the competition, not only through our presence on the ground but also through the result obtained by applying the basic respect for ethics.
- Protection of the referee and the judge by means of a recognized status is also a crucial question, since if we are not athletes; neither are we managers or elected people. Consequently a special status is required.
- Availability is a difficult subject for non-professional referees and judges (more than 97% of the referee population)
- Training, beyond the sport practiced, has an essential common core on
subjects as distinct as communication, poise, general behavior, stress etc. Though there are sports that are more or less complicated or more or less athletic for the referee, the role is always a major one. This is why it is essential to respect and to protect the person taking this role!"
After the election of the president and the 10 members of the board, the present authorities started discussing about the axis of developement of this important project including the increase in the number of members (many other Federations are waiting for a decision of their board), the recognition by the sport institutions (expecially the IOC and the GAISF) and the promotion of the gender equality in the particular world of judges and referees.
The President Barmaz completely agrees with the aim of the IFSO foundation that represents another important step for our sport: it is an opportunity to come together on a global scale in order to share different good practices and develop ideas that will benefit the entire sport community.