2021, a challenging but successful year for rafting community
Dear WRF Member and Friends,
as the New Year rings in, it brings high hopes: a promise of a fresh start. To welcome the new year with great enthusiasm and happiness to look forward and welcome opportunities I would like to briefly highlight the World Rafting Federation achievements during 2021.
By now we have 38 Nations recognized from national governmental sport institution. Others have already applied and their membership procedure is in process.
In the challenging year of 2021, despite the difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic caused, we celebrated the organisation of the World Rafting Championship in France with a participation of more than 300 athletes, 55 teams representing 4 continents.
Thanks to the great work of the organizing committee and the French Canoe Kayak Federation everything could regularly be carried out with a result outside our expectations. World Championships that were broadcast worldwide on Sky Channels and with a great presence in different international media.
This important event was greeted by the International Sports World represented by Mr. Ivo Ferriani, Mr. Marco Scolaris and Mr. Bernardi Volker and the responsible of Peace and Sport Foundation.
Various National Championships were held in almost all member countries.
We have done a lot of efforts in standardising the Training River Guide programes and also supporting all National Federations to adapt it.
Mr. Xavier Postiaux is leading a team that grows each day, providing online seminars worldwide. Hopefully that the pandemic will end soon and allow us to continue with the series of courses.
Instructor Stanley did a great job in Colombia to structure their national training system.
With the goal to make each Nation autonomous for their own races, Mr. Stefan Purjakov has realized courses and certified new judge.
WRF has been an observer member and participated the General Assembly of the International Canoe Federation. During the this important event it was also highlighted the great job that the WRF is doing in the paddle sports world.
The annual Peace and Sport Awards reward organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to peace, dialogue and social change in the world through sport.
It is an incredible honor to receive the 'April6 Initiative of the Year' Award. At World Rafting Federation we have celebrated April6 since its inception and we will keep answering to this meaningful and global call for action. With the #WhiteCard, we sport federations can reaffirm the positive values of sport and we can reinforce our bonds in an indissoluble way through sport.
WRF Governing Bodies
One month after the World Rafting Championship 2021 in France, the members of the WRF Executive Board and Commissions started the first meetings with the eyes on the next 4 years.
The WRF 2021/2024 Ordinary Plenary Assembly held in L'Argentière-la-Bessée confirmed Barmaz Danilo President for the second term, supported by the renewed Executive Board composed by Ago Blerina , Purjakov Boris, Grigoriev Oleg and Yardımcı Fikret , the Representative elected by the Technicians' Commission Ghaziasgar Seyed Hadi and the Representative elected by the Athletes' Commission Martinez Martin.
Carlier Bruno, Larrea Fermin Perez , Tomasini Marco , Buzzo Navarro Alejandro Daniel Fernandes Rebeca , Gautam Sudip, Singh Sikand Shaukat Pal and Takrouni Mohsen , together with the Executive Board Members, will compose the WRF Board of Directors.
Massimo Desiati moved at the head of the Sport Committee, following his excellent experience as a sport manager and Olympic athlete (kayak Barcelona 1992).
Among the first decisions of the Board, there was the creation of the Continental Councils. Mr. Shaukat from Indian Rafting Foundation, Mr. Carlier from French Canoe Kayak Federation, Mr. Merchan from Federation Colombiana de Rafting and Mr. Belabbas El Mamoun from Federation Royale Marocaine de Canoe Kayak have the responsibility of creating continental councils !
On January 1st, we are each given 365 days to accomplish our new year resolutions. A great calendar awaits us with some important events like the Under 21/23 World Championship, that will take place in Zobin Potok, the Asian Continental Championship in India and the South American Continental Championship in Brazil. We are currently working on the first African Championship.
Looking forward to your collaboration to make 2022 more successful and prosperous. May this year bring new happiness, new achievements, and a lot of new inspirations on our sport life. Here's wishing you all the joy of the season.
Have a Happy New Year!