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Year in Review 2021
IRF

IRF President’s Year in Review 2021

President’s Year in Review 2021 – Joseph Willis Jones, IRF President Dear Friends, Wherever you are in the world and whatever your relationship with our beautiful sport of rafting, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy New Year, and that all your hopes and dreams are realised in 2022.

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ARK Inflatables auction
IRF

ARK Inflatables auction winner 2021 announced

Our ARK Inflatables auction 2021 drew to a close last month with one lucky winner – Rich Domleo. Rich can be seen in the photo shouting out his excitement for winning the auction. Rich is now the proud owner of 1x ARK Inflatables 2021 Croc (R2) and 1x ARK Inflatables 2021 Solo Adventurer Prawn (R1).

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Fabián Alejandro Bonanno
IRF

Welcome to our new assessor: Fabián Alejandro Bonanno

As the year draws to a close, we welcome our latest IRF Guide Training & Education (GTE) Assessor, Fabián Alejandro Bonanno. Fabián joins our existing team of Assessors to bring the total to thirteen (13) across the globe. Fabián’s command of four languages makes him an asset to our team and is regularly delivering workshops

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Sucessful virtual Congress 2021
Development

Successful virtual Congress 2021 welcomes new Directors

On the 23rd of November the IRF held a very successful virtual Congress. Usually the IRF holds its Congresses during World Rafting Championships, with the last held in Tully, Australia in May 2019. But, as with so many things these days, adaptations needed to be made and the IRF has stepped up to embrace virtual

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IRF

IRF virtually attends AIMS General Assembly and IF Forum

The IRF was recently invited to attend a number of international sporting body assemblies and forums. The first was the Virtual International Federation (IF) Forum which is a 1-day event organised by SportAccord offering targeted thematic sessions designed to be of specific value to the International Sport Federations’ in attendance. Representing the IRF were President Joseph

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ARK Inflatables 2021
IRF

Win a new ARK Inflatables 2021 Prawn Solo Adventurer and a Croc

The IRF has partnered with ARK Inflatables to offer one lucky winner two amazing ARK Inflatables 2021 whitewater crafts! African River Kraft’s (ARK Inflatables) rafts are well known to the IRF and many people will recognise some of their famous designs and use in World Rafting Championships over the past decades. Our history with ARK

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IRF GAISF Observer Status renewed
IRF

IRF GAISF Observer status renewed for two years

A message from IRF President, Joe Willis Jones: GAISF Council renews the IRF GAISF Observer Status for another two years To our IRF member organisations, rafting clubs, athletes, associates, officials, coaches, and friends: It gives me great pleasure to announce the news that the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Council has recently voted

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IRF becomes official WADA signatory
Anti Doping

IRF accepted as official WADA signatory

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has officially accepted the IRF as a signatory of the WADA Code. In his congratulatory letter to IRF President Joe Willis Jones, WADA Director General Olivier Niggli noted: “WADA congratulates you on this important step in the fight against doping in

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Rafael Gallo was honoured at Paddle Sports Show 2021
IRF

Rafael Gallo was honoured at the Paddle Sports Show 2021

On 30 August 2021, IRF Honorary President, Rafael Gallo was honoured during the industry dinner at the 2021 Paddle Sports Show in Lyon, France. Risa Shimoda of International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF) presented the annual inductees for the 2021 year at the show and concluded with a short presentation where Rafael Gallo was honoured.

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