The growth, development and generic news about the International Rafting Federation (IRF)

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Celebrating International Day of Friendship with our #RiverFamily

With recent unprecedented limits on movement and enforced isolation, now more than ever we need to recognise and value friendship across the globe. Today we mark United Nations International Day of Friendship by asking all rafters to reach out…
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The Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport (AIMS)

The IRF recently attended a conference with the Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) to discuss the current challenges facing the organisations with GAISF Observe status during the pandemic and post pandemic. For those…
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AIMS Observer Meeting

With the IRF's Observer Status of GAISF, we have previously unprecedented support to our sport. IRF President Joe Willis Jones was invited to an Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) online conference to discuss current…

IRF Honourary President Rafael Gallo is paddling a G6 solo and we have his back

Last year at the IRF 2019 Congress held in Tully, Australia, the IRF voted to bestow the title of Honourary President on Rafael (Rafa) Gallo to honour his long and unrelenting support of rafting and in particular, the IRF.  The IRF would…
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Saving tourism in unprecedented and challenging times

In these testing times we find ourselves and our loved ones in situations we would likely never have considered. Many of us in the rafting industry are under increasing pressure with not just personal situations but tourist operations and employees…
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Show your WhiteCard

April 6 was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly in 2013. This decision represented a significant step in recognising the transformative power of sport and its great potential…
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Impacts to IRF Events (Update 3)

Contrary to rumours being released by IRF detractors, the IRF is still actively pursuing our WRC, ERC, ECs and WCs this year along with our GTE activities.  The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the worldwide international…
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A New Member Joins the IRF Family – Ukrainian Rafting Federation

Recognising that we are stronger together, the Ukrainian Rafting Federation (URF), founded in 2009, are the most recent member to join the IRF rafting family. The URF joins the All Ukraine Rafting Federation (AURF) as our second provisional…
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Concerns re Coronavirus COVID-19 and IRF Events (Update 2)

The following was issued to all IRF national rafting federation contacts on 04 March 2020. Read the official correspondence to IRF national rafting federations here. To: IRF National Federation Members From: Joseph Willis Jones – IRF…
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Welcome Greece, the most recent country to join the IRF

In an historic announcement, the Hellenic Canoe-Kayak Federation (HCKF) is the most recent national federation to join the IRF. The HCKF identified the IRF as being the only legitimate and globally recognised rafting federation to truly…