Race Results

EC Georgia
Results: DR, SL, ; Photos: -1-, OC, DR, SL, ; Videos: -1-, -2-OC
ERC 2016
U19/23/Masters: SprintH2H,
Open: Sprint: Women, Men. H2H.
Slalom allDownriver All
Overall Results
Photos: Day 1, OC, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5,
Video: OC
EC Serbia
NZ Nationals
Results. Photos. Video
EC & WC, Austria
Results: Men U19; Men OpenWomen Open. Photos: -1-,  H2H, Slalom, DR. Videos: DR – OW1OW2U19OM1OM2OM 3
EC Slunj, Croatia

Results; Video
EC Slovenia

WRC Results
U19 and U23: SP and H2HSlalom; Down RiverOverall;

Open and Masters: Sprint and H2HSlalom; DownriverOverall;

Photos: Training Day; Opening Ceremony & TrainingU19/U23 SP & H2H; U19/U23 – Slalom AND Open/Masters Sprint; U19/23 DR; Prizegiving; H2HOpen/Masters Slalom; Medal Ceremonies and TrainingOpen DownriverMasters Downriver;

Final EC R4 Results
Men,  Women
Final EC R6 Results

more archived Race Results

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Euro Rafting Champs winding up

ERC 2016 logoThe 2016 Euro Champs have finished and most teams are home again and back into their daily grinds. (Some have delayed that by going on to the Euro Cup in Georgia – lucky ones!).

Russia certainly dominated this Euro Championship as they came away as the new Euro Rafting Champions in U19 Men and Women, U23 Women, and Master Women – well done Russia! Slovenia, the home nation, can be very proud of their U23 Men and Open Men as they are the new Euro Champions in those categories. Czech are the new Champions in the Masters Men and Great Britain in the Open Women.

ERC16 HitcherThere are always some stories that are worth mentioning – one of them is the story of one young man, Trninić Djordje, among friends known as Đoka, a passionate fan of Dayak rafting team from Banja Luka, who hitched a ride all the way so as to cheer on his team. Where there is a will, there is a way.

The number of mothers in the Open Women category is growing,  we have a real baby boom! It was nice to see roles reversed with Dad holding the baby while Mum paddled.

On Slalom day the the weather finally began to improve, more and more sun. Then there was an almighty downpour, with thunder and lightening, luckily in between the two Slalom runs, and quickly it was gone. 

In the stands, we could see the fans from the primary school in Straza, family and friends of local athletes, teams that had supported each other gathered around their flags, so in the stands it was fun and lively. As many of you are familiar, Slovenia loves its “cheering” tools, the ones that make a LOT of noise! An entire stand of them is quite something, quite deafening! Beautiful atmosphere!

It was a difficult Slalom course, causing one flip and a few swims. A good challenge that some, like the Czech Open Men, were very much up for, getting such a fast time and clear! The Danish Open Women must be mentioned – a Silver amongst these top teams is a great achievement and is the first medal of this type for their country.

There are plenty of photos and videos to be seen on our IRF Euro Rafting Champs Facebook Page.

Logo Slovenian Rafting FederationLogo ERC Gimpex clubThanks must go to Andrej Petkovič for overseeing the entire running of the event, Simon Bobnar for race directorship, Uroš Lovrenčič and Janko Tavčar for their work with the judging and judges, Samo Jakljič for the work on the varied accommodation, Aljosa Horvat and his safety team, the timing team, Goran Lolic as Head Judge, his jury and judging team, and the other people behind all these leaders who worked hard to make this event run as smoothly and efficiently as it did. Thanks also need to go to town of Straza, Dušan Krštinc – their Mayor, Rafting Club Gimpex Straza, the Slovenian Rafting Federation, and last, but not least, all the sponsors that committed to this event and so made it happen.ERC sponsors 1 ERC Sponsors 2 ERC Sponsors 3





Seeking R2 teams to go to China in a months time!

China is running it’s annual R2 event in Dujiangyan and are looking for 5 international teams.

Included: They will buy your air tickets and provide local transport and accommodation in Dujiangyan. Teams need to take care of their own Visas and personal insurance.

China in raftDetails:

  • Dates: 23 – 26 June 2016
  • Disciplines: Downriver for R2 (2-man rafts)
  • Category: Open
  • Prizes: 1st  :CNY 12,000 (about US$1800), 2nd :CNY 8,000, 3rd :CNY 5,000, 4th :CNY 3,000, 5th :CNY 2,000, 6th :CNY 1,000.

Full Details

Read about previous R2 events in China:

Rafter tests positive at WRC 2015

Paul Roozendaal, who is captain of the New Zealand Open Men’s team, tested positive for substances that are listed on the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) prohibited list after the Downriver discipline during the 2015 World Rafting Championships in Indonesia. It was found that he had levels of Pseudoephedrine and Cathine in his urine that are above the limit allowed by WADA during the ‘in-competition’ period.

Drug picture pillsPseudoephedrine (PSE) is a stimulant that in many countries is found as an ingredient in over-the-counter medication used to relieve symptoms of nasal and sinus congestion. Cathine (CATH, norpseudoephedrine) can be converted from PSE inside the body, and so is often found in the urine along with PSE. Owing to its similar composition to ephedrine and other amphetamines, PSE has the potential of mirroring some of its ergogenic effects, although it has been debated by some experts whether or not PSE is actually capable of this. This continued debate has resulted in multiple changes to its position on the prohibited list. Until 2004, PSE was included on the International Olympic Committee prohibited list. From 2004 to 2009, PSE was removed from the prohibited list, and later when WADA assumed control of dope testing in 2010, it was added to the prohibited list for ‘in-competition’ (the time period when a competition is in progress). While in competition, the use of PSE is considered doping if the urine concentration is greater than 150 μg.  For this reason, WADA strongly advises athletes to stop taking products containing PSE at least 24 hours before in-competition periods.

When the IRF was informed of the positive test result, Paul and the NZRA (New Zealand Rafting Association) were immediately informed of the results, and Paul was formally charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) as per WADA protocols. As part of this protocol, a Doping Control Panel (DCP) was convened by the IRF to examine the evidence and hear testimony pertaining to the case, and make a decision as to what WADA required sanctions (if any) should be applied.

WADA rules very tightly control all aspects of how a DCP can rule on an ADRV, and also dictate the sanctions that must be made against an athlete – which can range from a four (4) year suspension from ALL organized sport competition to a simple warning; depending on the severity of the infraction and the circumstances.

A final decision was recently made by the DCP, where it was ruled that Paul bears ‘no significant fault or negligence’ and therefore would receive a reprimand due to his limited negligence in not being fully aware that he had ingested a prohibited substance while in-competition.  It was further stated by the DCP that Paul had made a good faith effort to comply with the IRF’s Anti-Doping rules and this effort helped to influence their decision.

WRC 2015 Downriver Open Men NZ BRA CZEIn addition to the DCP reprimand, IRF Race Rule section N requires that when an athlete is found to test positive for a WADA prohibited substance during an event, the team shall be disqualified from the event.  The DCP has no power to alter or influence IRF race rules, therefore in accordance with Rule N.4 the New Zealand Rafting Open Men’s Team has been disqualified from the World Rafting Championships 2015, and all prizes and medals won must be returned to the IRF and the team’s results will be nullified and stricken from the record. However the team does have the right to appeal this rule, both to the IRF Sports and Competition Committee, the IRF Board of Directors, and to the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS).

The situation with Paul Roosendaal was not a simple matter. As many who attended the event were aware, Paul was one of many who became ill during the event, some even finding themselves in the medical tent for treatment, and placed on intravenous drips due to dehydration. This had a very negative affect on a number of athletes and teams, most notably the Dutch Open Women who had two paddlers very ill on one day and so could not compete.

During his defence testimony, Paul explained that he had become ill and so was taking Panadol Night & Day, an over-the-counter medication that he had purchased in New Zealand and brought with him.  He stated that this medication did not have any WADA prohibited substances. When his New Zealand sourced Panadol began to run out, he decided to augment his supply with Panadol that he purchased at a local Indonesian supermarket since he was familiar with this brand.  During its investigation, the DCP found that one version of Panadol sold in Indonesia does contains Pseudoephedrine.

Even though he was ill, Paul testified that he paddled the Downriver discipline because the NZ Open Men’s Team did not have a reserve athlete.  His team did extremely well and won the race, and so at the finish they expected to be selected for dope testing like was the case for winning teams in the other disciplines.  But after waiting awhile at the finish, the Doping Control Team (DCP) could not be found and so the team questioned the Head Judge and was given permission to head back to their accommodation to change and rest, and in Paul’s case he testified that he took two tablets of the Indonesian sourced Panadol after the race to combat his illness.

When the DCP did arrive at the finish and found that the New Zealand team had already departed, a doping control officer went searching for Paul (who had been randomly selected for testing) and located him at the medic tent. Paul was battling severe dehydration after the Downriver, so had been placed on an intravenous drip, and so it took him some time to produce the required urine sample.

After reviewing the testimony and evidence, the DCP concluded that the Indonesian sourced Panadol was the likely source of the ADRV, and that medical evidence suggests that even when taken in a limited therapeutic dose (two tablets of Panadol), Paul’s dehydrated condition and physiology could easily account for the high levels of PSE found in his urine sample.

Michael Lindberg of the IRF Anti-doping Committee says “We all learn from this sort of thing. Athletes MUST be very aware of what drugs and supplements they are taking. If Paul had told the Doping Control team who took his urine sample that he was self-medicating with a local source of Panadol, or if he had applied for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), he would have been in a far stronger position.  And, unfortunately he discovered the hard way, that a drug bought in one country may not have the same contents as the drug with the same name and packaging in another country! Lesson is – ALWAYS read the labels and know what ingredients are in your meds before you ingest them”.

WADA rules clearly state that athletes are fully responsible for what substances enter their bodies, and that ignorance is no excuse!  With drug testing being a relatively new thing for the IRF, our athletes have a steep learning curve and must obtain a greater awareness of WADA requirements or risk bearing the consequences.

Says IRF President, Joe Willie Jones, “The IRF is not on a witch-hunt searching for drug abusers among our athletes – in fact we have every reason to believe that our athletes are not intentionally using WADA prohibited substances.  However as a serious international sports federation, the IRF is required to follow WADA protocols just like other sports federations.  It is super important for our national federation members to help us get this message out to our athletes so that everyone understands the risks, and takes proper precautions.  Just as they take the time to learn the IRF race rules, work hard to keep fit, and train for each discipline, our athletes must also take the time to know what is expected of them as far as anti-doping tests, compliances and responsibilities.  It is a sad reality of sport in this day and age.”

And so we hope that this hard lesson reaches out to as many of our athletes as possible. Let’s all ensure we take care and learn about what the athletes’ responsibilities are. There is plenty of warning right here for you to start your lessons.  We urge everyone to visit the IRF website at www.irfantidoping.com that was especially created to inform our athletes of WADA requirements and IRF anti-doping regulations.  A link to the IRF anti-doping website is also found on the principle IRF website at www.internationalrafting.com .

Downriver and new Euro Champions declared!

The final day of the 2016 Euro Rafting Champs in Slovenia has drawn to a close with the Downriver as the defining discipline.

The Downriver was held on the Krka River from Zagradec to Šmihel and took the top teams just over 32 minutes to complete. As the Downriver has the most points it is . . . → continue reading . . . Downriver and new Euro Champions declared!

A day of tricky Slalom at ERC

The CZE 1 Open Men’s team have proven themselves masters of slalom. Their first run was a clear run AND the second fastest of the day (159.98). Their second run was the fastest of the day (158.54) with only a 5 sec penalty! An excellent performance.

It was a hard course with the . . . → continue reading . . . A day of tricky Slalom at ERC

Day 3 of the Euro Rafting Champs about to begin

The Euro Rafting Champs is about to enter it’s 3rd day which will be a day of Slalom for all divisions (U19, U23, Masters and Open). WATCH LIVE or follow LIVE RESULTS

Sunday saw many teams doing some unofficial training and, due to heavy rains that had fallen, the teams . . . → continue reading . . . Day 3 of the Euro Rafting Champs about to begin

Great Britain walk away with three Golds!

GBR1 Open Women – two Golds!

It was a good day for Great Britain at the Euro Rafting Champs today.

Today was Sprint and H2H for the Open teams. The GBR 1 and 2 Open Women’s teams won Gold and Silver in the Sprint and the GBR 1 team won Gold in the . . . → continue reading . . . Great Britain walk away with three Golds!

Euro Rafting Champs Live!

You can watch the Euro Camps on live streaming!

Or/and you can follow the live results.

Keep an eye on our ERC facebook page for photos, videos, results and other updates as well.

BiH’s Bosna Zenica rafting team at ERC

The Euro Rafting Champs is upon us. Here is a quick interview with SRK Bosna Zenica, from BiH, who are representing their country as the BiH OM 2 team in the upcoming R4 ERC  in Slovenia.

They were formed in May 2008., with . . . → continue reading . . . BiH’s Bosna Zenica rafting team at ERC

DRD4 club’s Open Women at ERC

Dorothea Oberhofer, Melanie Kobald, Katharina Dietl and Valentina Steck are all part of the well-known DRD4 club in Italy. Three years ago I wrote about the DRD4’s U23 men’s team, so it’s a special pleasure and honour for me to write about the women’s team now.

The DRD4 Ladies will represent Italy in the . . . → continue reading . . . DRD4 club’s Open Women at ERC