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...
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In 2020, Peace and Sport was eager to reward individuals and organizations that have continued to use sport to serve communities and to promote peace through best practices in sport. Despite challenging times, sport remained essential to promote values such as respect, unity and solidarity.
In 2021, Sport for Development and Peace actors kept playing a fundamental role in bringing hope and courage to the most vulnerable communities. To conclude this year of inspiring stories and concrete and ambitious field actions, Peace and Sport organised the second edition of the Peace and Sport digital Awards and reward outstanding initiatives. Through the Awards we have the opportunity to discover different peace-through-sport practices, while behind the Awards, there are committed change makers who are making a real difference in their communities.
Last March WRF singed a partnership with Peace and Sport and immediately decided to take part to the 6th April initiative: on this day we celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and WRF decided to follow Peace and Sport raising the WhiteCard. As a reference to the yellow and the red card in the sporting world, the #WhiteCard invites not to punish but to promote peace.
3 months later we had the opportunity to be back together after the challenging time due to the Covid-19 outbreak: at the World Rafting Championship in L’Argentière-la-Bessée, in the French Alps, 226 rafters from 19 countries met the Peace and Sport Champion forpeace Marlène Harnois, taekwondo Olympic medalist and, who shared her story and explained the WhiteCard symbol to the athletes.
We know that this is only the beginning of a fruitful joint path between WRF and PS and we hope that this award is one of the first steps of a common growth, bearing in mind that behind the Awards, there is positive change through sport!
Today Peace and Sport, after the launching of the Peace and Sport Awards 2021 held by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, announced that WRF is officially the winner of “April6 Initiative of the Year”. On the podium the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cape Verdean Olympic Committee.
The WRF President declared:
“Sport does not only bring entertainment and physical health. It is a transversal engine of society. It is a tool for social inclusion that teaches us the values and the beauty of difference. Sport empowers the individual and the society in an exponential way. I warmly thank all the people sustaining Peace and Sport for the daily commitment they put in their activities, for a better world. On the other side I thank the World Rafting people who took part in this project, everyone who raised the WhiteCard with us, from the 6th April initiative to the World Championship, and took part in this project. We are honoured to receive this Award, especially after the recently signed partnership with Peace and Sport in March: in a few months we proved that our values are concrete and I am proud of the WRF movement”
On 6th April 5 WRF athletes shared their different and unique stories raising this powerful symbol, spreading awareness all around the world.
We grow together: Nicole Plagemann paddling in a mix team
The World Rafting Federation introduced the mix teams format to promote gender equality, through the dynamic and strategic RX discipline: 2 women and 2 men choose their position on the raft depending on the specific abilities of the team; rafting requires collaboration in decision making, therefore the athletes improve the consciousness of the peculiar strength and techniques of every teammate, giving birth to a new dimension of balance.
“ When we paddle in a mix rafting team we celebrate differences and we give birth to a new perspective for every teammate, discovering the river from another viewpoint and, consequently, new parts of ourself. Inclusion make us lean together taking the sport to another level. We discover the river from another viewpoint and, consequently, new parts of ourself.”
Always moving forward: Para-Rafting for Massimiliano Giandinoto
Rafting as a team sport is a tool for social inclusion. Para-Rafting teams display the combination of 2 normo and 2 para athletes: they chose the positions on the raft depending on the complementary abilities of every teammate who therefore discovers her/his potential and improves the strengths.
“When we are on the same boat we break boundaries, we build bridges and we paddle under them in search of adventure. I consider every day as a challenge since my foot has been amputated. When I am paddling with my team, I feel part of something bigger than me. The river makes me feel alive and free: you can choose your line in the rapids while you always move forward.”
Sport is the best teacher: Davide Marcolini and youth empowerment
The values and the dynamics we learn as children are a solid starting point for our viewpoint in life. That is why sport should be a fundamental part of our childhood. Youth empowerment is the empowerment of society, because youth is the foundation of future.
“I started paddling when I was 8 because my dad is a rafting guide. The river teaches us the respect that we owe to nature and the importance of teamwork. We have to learn to cooperate and create a balance on the raft and I am lucky for my early approach to the sport. The values we learn in the river follow us on the ground and in the everyday life: mental and physical strength, planning, adrenaline and respect are the most important things that this sport taught me; and sport is the best teacher.”
The right moment is now: Rebeca Fernandes strengthening the female gender
The ultimate goal is to assist in removing barriers preventing women from participating in sport at all levels. The World Rafting Federation is supporting women empowerment and gender equality from athletes, to technicians, guides and administration. We are all different and we are all unique: this has to become a power.
“The right moment for the strengthening of the female gender is now.
The sport and its proposed methods of qualification were developed by male gender majority: I opened a training rafting centre for women where they can feel welcome to develop their own techniques and skills without physical and moral harassment for simply having different anatomy and equipment that do not favour their practices.”
We are all in the same boat: Nikita Zhuravlev and the passion for rafting
The passion that river people share leads to an incredible intercultural understanding. Rafting guides, technicians and athletes, with the support of the World Rafting Federation, learn to cooperate and look forward, with the aim to transform the differences into strength and a starting point for a positive and productive confrontation. Rafting as a team sport is a perfect platform to increase a global cooperation and raise awareness about its benefits.
“The respect we learn from the river makes us similar to each other. I feel more similar to someone doing rafting on the other side of the world than to people I see everyday in the city. That’s the unique power of our sport: we are all in the same boat.
We one big common passion that transforms all the small differences into strength and opportunities.”
"The mega rafting event organized by Himachal Tourism and World Rafting Federation (WRF) ‘All India River Rafting Marathon’ concluded at Nadaun in Himachal Pradesh in India on the rushing waters of river Beas near here on October 08. Davashweta Banik Deputy Commissioner Hamirpur awarded the prizes to the winners in the valedictory function organized on the banks of river Beas. As many as 43 teams in various categories participated in the rafting marathon including 10 women, 16 mixed and 17 men teams.
Devashweta Banik Deputy Commissioner Hamirpur conferred prizes to the winners
Speaking on the occasion Devashweta Banik DC said that the first attempt to organize a rafting event was a great success. She said that the administration would conduct more rafting and other adventure events here near future. She said that local participation in the event would encourage youth towards rafting. The event had also marked Nadaun town on the international rafting map and would encourage tourism in the region, she added.
Pertinent to mention that the district administration had ensured to provide every possible facility to the rafters and organizing committee while HPTDC took care of transportation, lodging and boarding of the players. The HPTDC provided traditional Himachali Cuisine to players who had come from across the country.
BSF Team: winner of the female category
Priti Jindal President of Ethics Commission of World Rafting Federation present here said that river Beas offers excellent water body for rafting marathons. She said that the place was scenic and people were supportive here. It was great experience to be part of this event as players displayed exemplary discipline during the event, she added
Shaukat Sikand President of Rafting Foundation of India said the participation in the event was encouraging. He said that he would like to be part of more rafting events in Himachal Pradesh.
Winners Men: Indian Army Alfa Team
In men category Indian Army (Alfa) won the gold medal while Indian Army (Charlie) won Silver medal and Indian Army (Bravo) won Bronze medal. In women category BSF won Gold medal while ITBP women Bravo Silver and ITBP alfa won Bronze medal. In mixed category ITBP Charlie grabbed gold, BSF Bravo won silver and ITBP Bravo won Bronze medal.
The team contingents that participated in the event included Indian Army, Border Security Force, Indian Air Force, Ultimate Survival Rafters, Karnatka, Hydrabad, JAL, Abimaas and Pong Dam. Significantly, Indian Army and ITBP fielded four and three teams respectively in one event and that turned a competition amongst defense team’s only."
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“Fair play is a complex concept that comprises and embodies a number of fundamental values that are not only integral to sport but relevant in everyday life.
Fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality, sport without doping, respect for written and unwritten rules such as integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, are the building blocks of fair play that can be experienced and learnt both on and off the field."
International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP)
September 7th is the World Fair Play Day: it is a sports initiative designed to promote fair play and Ethical Values in sport. On this day in 1963 the founding members of what was to become the International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP), met for the first time on the initiative of the French Tennis Champion Jean Borotra.
This day is an opportunity to highlight the sport principles that inspire individuals and peaceful societies and celebrate values that the true sport reminds us everyday.
Para Rafting teams competing at the World Rafting Championship, July 2021
Fair play is not only about athletes: the power of example is transversal in society, that is why we need to highlight and empower the values it embodies. Coaches, trainers, referees, parents, friends, supporters and practitioners belong to the sport world and are an integral part that can promote fair play by worldwide projects and small simple gestures, in sport, society and life itself.
Fair play on the field develop better individuals also off the field: communities learn respect, integrity, solidarity, tolerance, inclusion, fraternity, sharing, exchange, as well as self-control and self-development. the sport impact on concepts and issues are wider than sport including integrity, equal opportunities, social inclusion and disability, race and gender equality.
RX discipline: Women, Men and Mix teams competing
"WRF is doing its best to promote all these values and we think that fair play include all of them. In our sport we are all in the same boat and we will paddle forward following the fair play line." WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared.
“Sport is one of the best metaphors in life: it means experience that constantly improves and tests our behavior; fair play is a concrete attitude that we manifest in action, not in theory.”
On 12th November the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) General Assembly elected Ivo Ferriani as its President representing the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF).
“I am very honoured to have been elected as President of GAISF. The COVID-19 pandemic has truly demonstrated how sport is a force for good. I am therefore proud to have this opportunity to work with the global sports community to promote the power of sport and to achieve our common goal of a better world through sport. I am very much looking forward to bringing my sporting experience to serve all GAISF’s Members, Associate Members and Observers, and to support them over the next two years.”
Mr Ferriani begins his term as President immediately and will serve a two-year mandate, congratulating the outgoing President Raffaele Chiulli.
Ivo Ferriani is an IOC Executive Board member since 2018, sport director, former professional bobsledder (and former river guide).
He is the President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) since 2010, IOC Member since 2016 and President of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) since 2020.
At the beginning of his sporting career he practiced football, athletics, kayak and rafting, before pursuing his professional career as bobsledder: in 1988 he competed at the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada, as two-man bob pilot.
We have no doubt that Mr Ferriani will do his best as GAISF President, concretely improving the sports world and supporting sport for all with transparency, that is a fundamental part of Good Governance.
WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared: “WRF community would like to congratulate Mr Ferriani: it is the latest award granted to an amazing and person, who loves the sport and is committed to it with a 360 degree view. He is a visionary thinker and he constantly teaches us, as he declared during our interview: we have to be chameleons, not dinosaurs!”
Read more about this caption! Earlier this year we interviewed Mr Ivo Ferriani:
An amazing water level on Rio Fonce hosted the National Championship of Colombia.
The participation was excellent and river lovers from all the departments where rafting is practised such as Huila, Caquetá, Meta, Antioquia, Cundinamarca joined the three days event in the Valle de San Josè, Santander.
19 teams participated and competed in the three rafting disciplines: Downriver, Slalom and RX.
Rio Fonce, Valle de San José, Santander
The male cathegory was dominated by the team San Jil who got three first places and were crowned National Champion out of 15 teams.
With 42’47”61 they won the Downriver one minute ahead of team Tobia 42’43”31. Bronze to Team Rio Fonce Rafting with 44’33”02.
The Slalom course was challenging and the best time had a 10 seconds penalties (2 touches): 2’23” in the second manche for team San Jil. 3 penalties for Team Tobia that stopped the chronometer on 2’21”, that officially went to 2’36”. Third step of the podium for Tierra Adventur 2’52” (with 3 touches).
Last but not least, the RX gave the final points with a crucial knock out. Final B gave the bronze to Tierra Adventur who crossed the finish line ahead of Team Rio Fonce Rafting. Silver to Team Tobia and the final gold to team San Jil, who scored 300 points in total and got the overall gold.
Overall male silver to Team Tobia with 270 points and overall bronze to Tierra Adventure with 230 points.
In the female category the National title goes to team Remando por la Paz, followed by the silver of Rio Fonce Rafting.
Mix category gave the second place to Camine mano team and the gold to Tobia mixto.
The WRF President Danilo Barmaz took part in the event: "It is amazing to see all these athletes paddling together with passion, especially after two difficult years of pandemic. It has been a honor to be welcommed here and see who is the real engine of our movement, all around the world".
World Rafting Federation and Global eSports Federation joined forces signing a membership last month.
The GEF prioritizes the development of an inclusive, safe, healthy and sustainable Esports ecosystem with a particular focus on responsible gaming, holistic wellness, fair play, education and career pathways for players and athletes.
Nowadays technology is an integral part of everyday life and the number of eSport athletes is increasing.
However, despite the high level and intensity of the eSport trainings and competitions, almost half of the eSport athletes do not meet the recommended volume of physical activity, that is fundamental and necessary to safeguard good health and is tremendously important, not only to set appropriate precondition for a long career in eSports but also to preserve a stable psychophysical conditions in general.
In this regard, WRF shares the GEF mission to cultivate a balance between sport, esports and technology, developing a connection between the communities: different disciplines at the same time may express and teach, through different dynamics, the same sport values.
The aim is to guide people into a more active and social lifestyle: we think that sports may serve for the prevention of psychophysical complaints. Inactivity over a prolonged time might cause severe health incidents: being physical active is the key.
As a team sport rafting improves the social inclusion and reduces mental stress and communication barriers, since every person is an integral part of the team, paddling in the river the same direction. The same values can be learned in different ways and several abilities, such as focus or teamwork, can be trained from different points of view, reinforcing a 360 degrees vision.
Global Esports Federation already signed a membership with Peace and Sport to foster education development and enhanced social cohesion: with the connection of different viewpoints we can discover cross-sections values and connections.
WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared “nowadays technology is an integral part of our lives and we should remember its potential: we have new and different ways to build a connected world.”
World Rafting Federation signs a new membership with The Association For International Sport for All.
The origins of TAFISA date back to the 1960s, with the semi regular gathering of international but individual personalities and leaders interested and working in the field of Sport for All, under the title 'Trim and Fitness'. At the time, Sport for All was a little known concept.
Nowadays TAFISA has over 360 members from more than 170 countries on all continents and “We are happy to become one of them." declared WRF President Barmaz. "We aim to achieve an active world, promoting sport for all, and that’s what TAFISA does everyday around the world.”
In 1991, TAFISA (then the Trim And Fitness International Sport for All Association), was officially formed in Bordeaux, France and its statutes registered with the law courts of Frankfurt, Germany.
In 2005, TAFISA became professional with the opening of its office, also in Frankfurt, Germany. Since then, TAFISA’s professional staff has grown to include those in the Frankfurt headquarters, those working in the office of the President, and international consultants.
In 2009, TAFISA officially changed its name to ‘The Association For International Sport for All’ to more accurately describe its activities and its position as the leading international Sport for All association.
TAFISA initiative: the World Walking Day
TAFISA‘s primary focus is on:Providing global and regional networking and experience sharing opportunities for its members, Supporting member development by providing appropriate programs, events and consulting services, Supporting and lobbying internationally for sustainable Sport for All and physical activity.
Sport reminds us the simple and fundamental values that nowadays are easy to forget in the everyday life; it is a transversal engine of society from the neighbourhood we live in to the global level, that’s why we think that through sport for all we can constantly build a better world.
The seventh edition of the European Week of Sport is taking place from 23rd-30th September 2021. This year's theme highlights the power of physical activity to bring joy, build resilience and connect generations.
For six years, the European Week of Sport has helped tackle the inactivity crisis by encouraging Europeans to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.
Launched in 2015 the European Week of Sport was created in response to the worsening inactivity crisis. Despite sport and physical activity substantially contributing to the well-being of European citizens, the level of physical activity is currently stagnating and even declining in some countries.
EWoS launched by the European Commission
This is why the European Week of Sport exists - to bring awareness of how important an active lifestyle is for everyone. The Week is designed to give people across the world a springboard into being active, during the whole year.
And year after year the key actors of the EWoS, such as National Coordinating Bodies, Partners and Ambassadors, raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and the resumption of sports activities, whether indoor or outdoor, for the wellbeing of individuals and communities. Over 71 million people across 42 countries and regions have joined in the Week’s activities over the years.
Sport is not only about the body
While the physical and mental benefits of sport and physical activity need no introduction, our core themes for this year’s campaign do deserve one. “Joy”, “resilience” and “intergenerational” will bring EWoS to life through inspirational and real-life stories.
Sport is undeniably a source of joy for both individuals and communities and joyful exercise is, in turn, a motivator for physical activity. Sport can bring joy in many ways, and not always by making us physically stronger.
Resilience is to be celebrated and maintained via sports
Physical activity is proven to build resilience for all on a daily basis and through challenging times. If there’s anything that the past months have taught us, it’s that, even in the toughest of circumstances, it is possible to #BeActive. Along with an uptake in home workouts, there has been a surge of interest in sports such as running and cycling, the only sports available during lockdowns in many countries. As we move towards the easing of restrictions and the reopening of society, it’s now time, more than ever, to become and remain active.
In addition to changing modes of physical activity, COVID-19 has increased awareness around the importance of communities. As we gradually move towards a post-COVID era, it will be essential to focus on rebuilding communities. Sport can play a big role here, as it has the power to bring us together and bridge the generational gap between young and old.
Rafting as a team sport, that requires essential cooperation, has the potential to be recognised at the international Olympic level.
The dynamic of our sport embodies fundamental values, that the river remind us in every moment we paddle in it.
We interviewed the IOC Member and President of the Italian Olympic Committee Mr Giovanni Malagò, starting from the definition of Good Governance that the Presidents Ferriani, Perurena and Ricci Bitti described in the previous interviews. The different viewpoints emphasised a common background that we totally approve.
Mr Giovanni Malagò with Mr Tony Estanguet, President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee
President Malagò, what is you definition of Good Governance?
Sport has a universal value and its recognised importance at every level needs an increasingly managerial approach, in line with the growing needs of the practitioners and the ones who indirectly benefit from it. preparation, targeted skills and professionalism are needed, to follow the process properly, offering management quality, accordance and transparency.
The goal is to assure standards worthy of the stakeholders’ legitimate expectations.
The ASOIF guided by my friend Francesco Ricci Bitti promoted a path in the right direction in this regard, covering a fundamental point of reference for the sports organisations.
One of the innovations introduced with the WRF foundation is the mix category, with two women and two men literally on the same boat. The new dynamic requires balance between strength and technique and improves the awareness of the gender peculiarities with continuous exchange and feedback.
As we can see from Your CONI Vice-Presidents, You support the recognition of the women presence in the sports world as an added value. What is the future of women empowerment and gender equality at the international sport level in Your opinion, especially in light of the new Olympic Agenda?
I am very proud of the current feedback from the sport movement, not only from the IOC and the Olympic movement that are pointing the way forward and demonstrating their commitment concretely through several new and initiatives introduced in the five circle's technical programme.
CONI has been working in this direction for years, with concrete actions: in 2018 we decided to put in place the gender representation of 30% in the Federal Councils, the election of 4 out of 13 members of different gender, and 10 out of 28 in the National Council of the Olympic Committee. has been established last year.
I think that the work of the President Barmaz and the WRF is moving in this direction, that is a source of pride and deserves the total sharing.
I can see a growing general awareness and new points of reference, together towards a winning future, in the sport but firstly in the civil interest.
IOC President Mr Thomas Bach
The Para Rafting discipline at the international competitions aims to improve the inclusion through the power of sport: WRF decided to do not differentiate the river sections and athletes and para athletes paddled in the same rapids at the World Championship one month ago.
President, as a IOC Member, do you think that this type of competition with inclusive dynamics can grow in the future, with the recognition of the fair value?
We see an increasingly inclusive scenario, that shows the real dimension of the sport value in its authentic meaning.
There is great great focus and consideration of themes that promote integration and the olympic world is proving it: the 2020 Agenda opened a path to a future without foreclosures, that we have to chase with innovative ideas. There are a lot of chances to be seized for the sport interest, that knows no barriers by definition: it breaks them with the power of example.
We are confident that the collaboration between small and big federations can create positive synergies in both the directions: how do you see our moment in the coming years?
The path you are following is founded on a fruitful ground, made of glad intuitions thanks to the managerial guide of President Barmaz, who I appreciate for his ability to read the situations about the development of the rafting reality in a decisive way. I am sure that the passion and sense of belonging that sustain his action represent the certain of a future as protagonists.