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Italy’s Open Women ready to fly!

ita-ow-2016-5Caroline Louise Goodall, Marianna Tedeschi, Elena Bragastini, Jasmine Zurlini Frugis and Alessandra Massimino are members of the Italian Open Women team that will participate at the R4 World Rafting Championship in Al Ain, UAE. This team is already well-known and we’ve looked at these cheerful and smiling faces at several previous WRC and ERC competitions. But what their expectations are and how they prepare for this competition we find out from Jasmine.

We met with your team before WRC 2015 in Indonesia last year but since then you have achieved new successes, so can you tell us something about them before we talk about the UAE and WRC 2016?

ita-ow-2016-6After Indonesia we took part in the Euro Champs in Tacen (SLO) and we won two bronze medal – one in Sprint and one in Slalom. We also took part in the Italy Euro Cup and we won 3rd place Overall.”

Competing at the ERC is excellent preparation for the WRC, but what are you expecting out of the WRC? 

“For the WRC we want to do the best we can … we’ve made some steps forward after New Zealand and passing through Indonesia and now it is another chance to get better results!”

ita-ow-2016-4I saw you were training on the Ivrea slalom course, how was it and what else is included in your preparation for the WRC?

We train a lot on the Ivrea slalom course because the WRC is on an artificial channel, the same as Ivrea, although quite different. It was really important to get the team together and react at the same time. We also train individually.”

What do you think will be the toughest obstacle for you in this competition?

“We think that the obstacle for us in the competition will be the course: always difficult competing on an unknown artificial course.”

ita-ow-2016-2Rafting is a pretty tough sport, what is it that attracts you to it? 

We love rafting first of all because it is a team sport and because it is such an adrenaline sport, isn’t it? We’re also all rafting guides and kayakers for fun.”

Is there anything in particular you want to see and experience in the UAE?

We’d really like to see the UAE desert and maybe go with the quad bike!”

Anyone you want to thank?

We really want to thank Italian Rafting Federation for making our participation at the WRC ita-ow-2016-3possible. Also our club teams supporting us in the Italian championship: Sesia Rafting, DRD4, Indomita Valtellina River. We want to thank the company “The Friendly Swede” for giving us our dry bags”

Good luck again Jasmine and we wish you an unforgettable time in the UAE!

There are only a few days left until the start of the WRC competition, the girls have completed their preparations and are ready for the challenge of the Middle East. Certainly this is a team we will continue to keep track of. We cannot wait to hang out with them again. 

Anti-doping testing to be done at WRC

IRF small logoA reminder that samples will be taken for dope testing at this year’s World Rafting Champs, as it has been for the past two WRC.

Clarity of the meaning of “in-competition” as opposed to “out-of-competition”:

There have been some questions as far as what “in-competition” is and “out-of-competition”. So here are some explanations:

From IRF Race Rules:

  • Competition = Any IRF recognized competitive race organised between two or more Competitors.
  • Event = Any IRF recognised Competition.
  • N. 1  Doping is strictly prohibited and the IRF operates in full accordance with the policies and regulations established by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA). (www.wada-ama.org)
  • N. 2. Competitors may be subjected to doping tests both in-Competition and out-of-Competition in accordance with the WADA Code.

WADA CODE 2015 page 135

In-Competition: Unless provided otherwise in the rules of an International Federation or the ruling body of the Event in question, “In-Competition” means the period commencing twelve hours before a Competition in which the Athlete is scheduled to participate through the end of such Competition and the Sample collection process related to such Competition.

Based on the above – the “in-competition” time for the 2016 WRC will be:

  • 12 noon on the 30 Oct to midnight on the 5th Nov AND the Sample collection process has completed.

The aim is to take the tests immediately after the discipline is finished. This can be very simple, especially on artificial courses, but can be more of a challenge when on more remote locations.

Saint Petersburg’s U23 Women on their way to the WRC

rus-u23w-2016-9When I attended the Russian national competition on the Katun River at the end of August, I had the opportunity to see how hard the competition is that these young girls race in, and how strong the competition is against which they have to fight to represent Russia. But Fomina Polina – front
right, her partner  on the left –
Beliankina Natalia, Gubanenkova Ananstasia – back right, Naumova Anna – back left, and there is Kislukhina Ekaterina in reserve, overcame the big waves of Ilgumensky rapids and now are coming to the IRF WRC 2016 to weigh their forces against Brazil, Czech Republic, Britain, Indonesia and Japan.

Let’s get to know them better before this competition starts.

Annastasia, tell me some history about you team?

rus-u23w-2016-8“Most of us have been doing this sport since 2011 (Katya since 2013) and during our long history there have been many wins and fails, like in other teams. When we started to compete there were two women’s teams in our club and we were one of the first girls who started rafting in Saint-Petersburg. So earlier this year the U19 team from our sports-school took part in the Euro Championship in Slovenia and that was the first time in the history of Saint-Petersburg rafting, all of us were very proud of them, and now we are going to be the first women’s team from Saint-Petersburg at the WRC! It’s unbelievable. None of us have ever been to the UAE or at such a high level of competition.”

It is a great honour to compete in the WR Championship, what will your tactics be to achieve good results in this competition?

rus-u23w-2016-4Yes, it’s really great honour. So now as I’ve said we are training as hard and as often as we can. And that is our tactic – we’ll just do all of our best.”

Who do you see as your biggest opponents?

It would be very interesting, because we haven’t met with these teams before. It’s hard to make any conclusion, but we can predict that the biggest opponent will be the team from Great Britain.”

Do you have any expectations as far as results?

rus-u23w-2016-5Actually we don’t have any expectations, we just want to do the best paddling we can.”

How does your team prepare for the competition?

We train regularly at the gym and paddle on the Neva river. Sometimes we go to the Losevo, Vuoksa (class II-III) for a few days to train on white water. Mostly we are paddling on rafts, but sometimes we practice on kayaks and catamarans.”

Are you going early to the competition to prepare?

All of us are students, so we can’t leave our universities for such a long time. But the main problem is that we haven’t got enough money for this.”

rus-u23w-2016-3Which is your teams favourite discipline?

Oh, we like Slalom, because often we do best in this discipline. We think that’s the most interesting and technical discipline.”

How does your team relax after a hard training session?

After hard training we walk somewhere together, talking about news, have a coffee break if it happens in the city. During the competition or after training sessions we play guitar, board games or sleep. We are so funny, aren’t we?”

rus-u23w-2016-1Hehehhe…. Yes, you are! 🙂

Is there something particular you want to see and experience in the UAE?

We are planning to visit the highest building in the world, meet with new interesting people. It would be our first time paddling on a channel, so we hope to get great experience.”

Do you have anyone you want to thank?

We want to thank:

rus-u23w-2016-2Those organisations help us during our training and competition season, but if somewhere exists someone who wants to help our team with the World Rafting Championship trip , it will be great.”

It was nice to talk with you Anastasia, thank you for your answers, and it is a such a pleasure to meet your Saint Petersburg team.

These girls definitely deserve help, so we invite all those who can help them to come forward.

The person who these girls really love, and who helped them on the way to the WRC competition is coach Anan’eva Margarita. For a few days we will meet in the desert of the Middle East, and they will replace the snow with UAE sun. We hope that this big change will not affect their performance and they will quickly acclimatise. We wish them an unforgettable WRC competition. See you soon, girls!!

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How to follow the 2016 World Rafting Champs

There are a number of places and ways you can follow what is happening at the World Rafting Champs 2016 at Wadi Adventures, Al Ain in the UAE, which are running from the 31st Oct to the 5th Nov:

The hashtag to use is:  #irfwrc Live blog  . . . → continue reading . . . How to follow the 2016 World Rafting Champs

Real female role models – USA Open Women’s team

I know how much effort it takes to get a team to the IRF World Rafting Champs. So, Bre Rocksund (Captain) – Back Right, Julie Sutton – Back or Front Left, Rachel Day – Front Right, Meghan Robertson – Front Left, and Mia Carrasco-Songer . . . → continue reading . . . Real female role models – USA Open Women’s team

Germany back on the World rafting stage!

Germany has missed the last couple of WRC competitions, but now they are back and determined, with a new, young force that we will see at this year’s World Rafting Champs. The new Open Men’s squad includes Ludwig Wöhrl, Fabian Bär, Siegfried Beier, Jonas Hegge and Sebastian Bundt who . . . → continue reading . . . Germany back on the World rafting stage!

World Cup 2016 Series finishes in Japan at the Pre-Worlds

There were three events in this year’s World Cup Series – Austria, China and the last, just finished, in Japan.

Japan Pre-Worlds and World Cup

As the event was quite close to the 2016 World Rafting Champs not many international teams were able to attend the Pre-Worlds this year. One team . . . → continue reading . . . World Cup 2016 Series finishes in Japan at the Pre-Worlds

GB Open Men ready to build on ERC success

The GBR Mens Rafting Team has a prolific history of athletes and is well respected on the European and World stages. The Team is made up of a group of passionate individuals, sharing their love for the sport, full dedication to training and desire to gain medals in the process.

The squad . . . → continue reading . . . GB Open Men ready to build on ERC success

R6 OW champs, Czech, want to take R4 crown too

Michaela, a year ago, before your participation in the R6 World Rafting Championship Indonesia 2015, we were talking about your successes (Born with a paddle) that you have had during your career – and there you won bronze in the H2H, gold in the Downriver and gold in the Overall. Congratulations on that . . . → continue reading . . . R6 OW champs, Czech, want to take R4 crown too

Italy Open Men ready for WRC 2016

The R4 raft of the Italian Open Men’s team has a mix of the older, experienced paddlers at the back and the young, new forces in the front. This winning combination is made up of the Tyrolean men who have dominated on the national level. Patrick Agostini (front right), . . . → continue reading . . . Italy Open Men ready for WRC 2016