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WRF is honored and proud to announce that on Wednesday 29/07, Thursday 30/07, Friday 31/07, Saturday 1/08 and Sunday 2/08/2020 will take place the 1st worldwide conference from the World Rafting Federation about training for River Guide and Coach, in l’Argentière la Bessée in France and on the Dora Baltea river in Italy.
This conference is an important step in the recently history of the WRF, the governing body for all aspect of Sport Rafting, especially international competitions, leisure and recreational rafting, and all others disciplines directly connected to Rafting.
This event will allow us to present and explain the structure of the WRF Training Programme for River Guide and Coach, in order to create a dynamic and positive relationship between the WRF members, to share practices and open debates over the training of the river guides and coaches, in the perspective to reach the WRF main goals which are the achieving common training standards for River Guide and Coach, and the international mobility for the technicians and athletes.
Regarding the specificity of the topics, this conference is destinated only to the responsible of the National Training Commission of the Rafting Federation members of the WRF, which will receive by mail the invitation and the programme of this event.
Step by step growing and performing!
For the first time in Rafting history Para-athletes are competing in a worldwide Rafting Championships.
Today rafters from 5 countries opened the event in Kiev with the Downriver, divided in 3 categories: R4 LTA (Amputee, Class 3: legs, torso, arms can work), Open Category (Visual Impairment Class B3, Hearing Impairment - Deaf athletes and Down Syndrome) and the Mix Category that combine different disabilities to challenge the Dnieper river from a new perspective.
The fastest raft stopped the Downriver chronometer winning the Amputee Category: Viktor Potanin (Rus), Denis Iaris (Rus), Igor Shovkievski (Ukr) and Salvatore Cutaia (Ita).
With 11.08.52 seconds they had almost a minute of advantage on the Amputee Silver: the Italian team of Massimo Giandinoto, Marco Montagna, Riccardo Novella and Rosario Sperandini (12.01.29 seconds: second best time of the day).
Three Paralympic rafters and one normo athlete formed every team of the Open Category: 13.49.85 seconds took Denis Konovalov, Andrey Galdin, Oleg Romanenka (from Russia) and Egoro Baranov (from Kazakhstan) to the first step of the Category podium.
For Andjela Pavlovic and Marina Ivanovic Kiev is the second World Rafting competition: the deaf team from Serbia competed for the first time in Kosovo one month ago at the World Cup; but in Zubin Potok they paddled in the only Para-Rafting team present. Now they are only two girls participating in Kiev and this morning, with Viktor Potanin and Denis Iaris from Russia, they took the deserved gold of the Mix Category (12.29.35 seconds).
It is no more a dream, but rather a real project, a new great adventure for our Rafting World and today was only the beginning.
Tomorrow the 9 teams will paddle through the gates: stay tuned for the Slalom!
First day of the WRF Senior World Cup in Zubin Potok: teams from Serbia, Croatia, Italy and Bulgaria arrived this morning in the North Kosovo, in the Mitrovica district, ready for the first day of training.
Teams are hosted on the beautiful Gazivoda lake, near Ibar river.
At 3.00 pm official training will start - stay tuned on our social pages for more!
Whitewater is already calling from the Balkans: 2 months and we’ll be back in the water!
From 20th to 22th March Croatia will open the WRF season with the Euro Cup in Slunj, where Korana river flows straight into the Slunjčica, drawing the amazing waterfalls we fell in love with 2 years ago, at the first WRF event in 2018.
The beginning of the season will not stop there for many rafters: Bulgarian teams will go straight from Slunj to their National Champs, but not alone.
The Struma river will host the first Grand Prix of the World Rafting year: from 27th to 29th March Slalom, RX and Downriver will not only decide the Bulgaria's names you will meet in Solkan at the World Champs, but also inaugurate the international season for the National teams who will join the event. Every National team is warmly invited to paddle in the Kresna Gorge, where the whitewater flows from the Vitosha mountains into the 3rd level rapids of a 18 kms green natural scenario.
For the first time in Rafting history Para-athletes are ready to compete at the World Championship next weekend.
Tomorrow, one year after the test event in Ukraine, rafters from Armenia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia will fly to Kiev and paddle the WRF disciplines on the Dnieper river: Downriver, Slalom and RX .
The WRF Para-Rafting Worlds begins on Dnieper on Friday, October 11.
“The crews must be numerically composed of 4 athletes” told Oleksandr Bakanychev, President of the WRF Para-Rafting Commission, “in the R4 LTA (LTA means Amputee, Class 3: legs, torso, arms can work) the team must be composed of 4 LTA Amputee Athletes, whereas in the R4 OC category the crew must be composed of 2 disabled athletes and 2 able-bodied athletes”.
OC means “Open category” and the eligible Impairments:
•Visual Impairment Class B3
•Hearing Impairment (Deaf athletes)
On the request of the Sport Department the new Sport Rules has been approved by the WRF Executive Board after 2 months of discussion involving the 3 WRF "disciplines". The involvement in the works of athletes, coaches and insiders has been essential.
The new Downriver, Slalom and RX rules will be applied for the first time in Kosovo at the World Cup of the next week (30 August-1 September).
8 gates in the center of Kiev selected the first Slalom Para-Rafting World Champions this afternoon. 12 teams paddled through 8 downstream and 4 upstream gates for two manches in Dnieper river.
Precious seconds depended on penalties arising from the red upstream gates: no team missed any gate (that would add a 50 seconds penalty) but the 5 seconds penality concerning the touch of a gate changed some positions in the provisional general results.
100 points to Italy, Russia-Kazakhstan and Russia-Serbia who took the gold in the three Paralympic categories:
Amputee: Giandinoto Massimo, Sperandini Rosario, Montagna Marco and Novella Riccardo. 3.03.19 seconds.
Open: Romanenko Oleg, Konovalov Denis, Galdin Andrey (Rus) and Baranov Egeo (Kaz). 3.23.96 seconds.
Mix: Potanin Victor, Iarysh Denis, Romanenko Oleg and Plotnikov Dmitrii (Rus) 2.53.21 seconds, the one and only team under 3 minutes.
Tomorrow is the last race day and the teams will paddle for the last 120 points that will determinate the first Over-All Para-Rafting World Champions.
24 teams took part to the WRF Senior World Cup in Serbia (Zubin Potok) the first weekend of September.
On Saturday morning Italy (65.23 sec), Croatia (68.67 sec) and Bulgaria (69.80 sec) dominated the men sprint going straight to the RX quarter finals, but during the knock out phase of RX the provisional podium changed: Bulgaria took the gold in the final against Italy, while the bronze medal went to Croatia.
The women podium saw Italy in the first and second positions (that scored 120 and 108 points), while the third place was conquered by Bulgaria (96 points).
Out of the 7 mix teams the podium of the mix category has been taken by 3 Italian teams.
On Saturday evening the semi artificial channel enlightened the 2 manches of Slalom: in the men category Italy won with 1 penality (186,96 sec), second place for Bulgaria with no touches (214,19 sec) and Croatia with 1 touch of a red gate (223,67 sec) confirmed the bronze.
In the women category Italy took the first 2 places on the podium with 5 seconds penality per team (232,08 sec and 238,75 sec) and Bulgaria (with 60 seconds penality) closed the podium.
On Sunday morning the downriver started in the upper part of the Ibar river and saw the teams paddling for 5 Kms through forks before islands and small rapids.
Downriver brought Italy with 20.50.73 sec, Croatia with 21.19.98 sec and Italy 2 with 21.34.63 sec to the men’s podium. The women podium saw Italy in the first 2 positions (21.36.17 sec and 22.06.21 sec) and Bulgaria with 23.26.58 sec on the third step.
During the medal ceremony, in the Sport Centre of Zubin Potok, local authorities, Boris Purjakov (President of the Serbian Rafting Federation) and Danilo Barmaz (WRF President) rewarded the podiums with discipline’s cups and overall medals.
In the final ranking 288 points guaranteed the men’s gold to Italy, followed by the RX winner Bulgaria (270 points) and Croatia with (248 points)
The 2 Italian women teams took the final gold and silver medals, bronze to the young team from Bulgaria.
Different sections and levels of the river has been run, from a swimming test in a flat water part of the Downriver 2018, through the Leverogne Gorges, to the 4th level rapids of the upper Dora Baltea, at the foot of the Mont Blanc.
River activities has been aternated with trekking in the lateral Valleys, adventure park and guided visits to Ancient Roman city of Aosta.
After a full immersion in Aosta Valley the athletes declared: "We are exausted but very happy about this week, we learned a lot and we are ready to show what we learned: hope to see you in Kosovo at the World Cup this month!"