Introductions, overviews and catchups with raft race teams from around the world

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Branka Štulić, gone but not forgotten

It is 10 years since the rafting world tragically lost Branka Štulić, the captain of Bosnia & Herzegovina's Open Women's team. On the 10th June 2010, Branka Štulić, the eternal captain of Rafting Klub "Kanjon's" Open Women's…
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Colombia’s Farc ex-combatants and police paddling together

Colombia's Rafting For Peace raft team made a big impression on all who attended the 2019 World Rafting Champs in Australia earlier this year (see Rifles for paddles). They were touched by their amazing story and admired the strength…
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Ales Danek – the new Chair of the IRF’s Athlete’s Committee

Congratulations to Ales Danek who has been voted in as the new Chair of the IRF's Athletes' Committee. Alex is 39 years old, works as a sales manager for Würth. He's been rafting since he was sixteen and for the last 10 years has been a…
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IRF’s Athletes’ Committee for 2019 / 20

A new Athletes' Committee is to be appointed by the Athletes at the 2019 World Rafting Championships in Tully, Queensland, Australia. The Committee is made up of three candidates from Europe and 2 each from Pan America and Asia/Oceania, making…

Meet our river family – Team Canada Open Men

This week we meet the Canadian Men's rafting team based out of the Whitewater Region in Ontario, Canada. The team have attended several IRF rafting world championships and continue to strive to get better and learn from every event and opportunity.…

We are river family – Team Teikei (Japan OM)

Training six days a week, competing at each pre-worlds for the last few years, and winning overall medals in the last few years, you might expect Team Teikei (Japan OM) to be all practice and no play but don't be fooled, these guys are respected…

We are river family – meet Red Rose Rafting

Hailing from Northern England, you will have met these women if you've attended any IRF European Rafting Championship in the last few years. Red Rose Rafting have held their flag high at several European competitions in the last few years, making…
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Athlete’s Committee – time to propose candidates!

The Athlete's Committee is elected each year to represent the views of the Athlete's within the IRF. The election will be done during the WRC in May in Tully, Australia. The committee is made up of 7 people from around the world. We are…

We are river family – meet Team New Zealand Open Women

With the IRF's World Rafting Championship 2019 being held in May this year, it means for the first time in 20 years (in fact... ever!), New Zealand teams get to train in summer months! This is something the New Zealand Open Women are relishing!…

We are river family – meet Team Russia Open Women

Training as a team in a country with eleven contiguous time zones is no easy feat. The current Russian Open Women's team is spread across the country meaning meeting to train involves travelling by train for 4 or 5 days or up to a 6 hour…