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News and views - September 2019
In this issue we shoot over for paddling, pomp and pandas in HongKou, China; share with you why you should know more about the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA); look at three changes that could impact rafting sport; see how well Ziyuan ran Pre-Worlds and are preparing for WRC 2020 and remind you that proposed updates to Race Rules need to be in soon.
We also introduce four more speakers from the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit (8 to 13 Oct) in Costa Rica who are touching on subjects as diverse as "Drugs and alchol in rafting - is there a line?", "In rafts, actions peak louder than words", "Risk managing commercial rafting operations with multiple guide systems", and the "Welcome" speech.
And finally we are very excited to share with you that representatives from the IRF are attending the first working meeting of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework signatories and will report back to you on this shortly!
Read on and see you on a river soon, International Rafting Federation
IRF to attend inaugural meeting of UN Sports for Climate Action initiative
Later this week, representatives from the IRF will attend the first working meeting of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action signatories. This initiative brings together the world’s leading sports governing bodies under a global initiative to influence the way that sports can effect positive change to our shared climate.
This historic meeting is being hosted by the International Olympic Committee at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland and will bring together leading sports partners from across the globe ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit to be held at UN Headquarters in New York on the 23rd of September.
Risk managing commercial rafting operations with mutliple guide systems
International Rafting Federation Raft Guide Instructor and New Zealand Rivers Association Chair Tim Marshall will lead a discussion at the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit on the challenges faced by commercial rafting operators when dealing with multiple raft guide certification systems.
International Rafting Federation (IRF) Raft Guide Instructor and New Zealand Rivers Association Chair, Tim Marshall will lead a discussion at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019, on the challenges faced by commercial rafting operations developing risk assessments when faced with multiple raft guide certification systems around the globe.
IRF President to welcome hundreds to the inuagural IRF World White Water Summit
International Rafting Federation President Joseph Willis Jones will welcome over 200 participants from nations across the globe to the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit.
International Rafting Federation (IRF) President and Chair of the IRF Board of Directors, Joseph Willis Jones will open the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.
“Joe Willie” Jones, has led the International Rafting Federation since first being elected by the IRF Congress in 2013. He has been at the forefront of engaging rafting on a global scale for over three decades now having been one of the founding participants of the Project RAFT exercise in the late 1980s and a supporter of the IRF’s founding charter.
International Rafting Federation Raft Guide Assessor and Rescue3 provider Mark Hirst will challenge preconceptions about speech and actions at the inaugural IRF World White Water Rafting Summit.
International Rafting Federation (IRF) Raft Guide Assessor and Rescue3 provider Mark Hirst will run an open session on the use of actions over language in raft guiding at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.
IRF Assessor & Rescue 3 instructor will run an open session based on the delivery of information and how to create a powerful non language-based safety demonstration. The session will build on the principle that the days of a safety talk are no more. We need to be looking towards a . . . → continue reading . . .In a raft, actions speak louder than words
Huaxteca Expeditions owner Ena Buenfil will share her experiences of running a certified drug-free rafting company in Mexico and how this new culture is being adopted across Latin America. Ena is one of the key note presenters at the inaugural International Rafting Federation World White Water Rafting Summit in Costa Rica from October 8 to 13, 2019.
Ena Buenfil is the owner of the adventure company Huaxteca Expeditions in Huasteca, San Luis Potosi, the first company in Mexico to certify its staff drug-free before a notary public. This they did in 2018, and in 2019, the multi-award-winning company implemented a Zero Tolerance to Alcohol policy to further ensure safety for their customers on their adventure tours.
The IRF Sport & Competition Committee assesses and updates the IRF Race Rules towards the end of each year.
Proposals are to be in by 20 October. Any proposals after that cannot be guaranteed to be included.
The process is as follows:
Rule proposals may be submitted only as one of the three possible options. 1) Eliminate a rule, 2) change a rule, or 3) add a rule. When suggesting that a rule be eliminated, a copy of the rule must be included in the proposal. When proposing a change to an existing rule, the proposal must include a copy of the existing rule, and the suggested change. When suggesting a new rule, the submission must include a copy of the new rule written in a rule format. All proposals must include Clear REASONS as to why this change has been suggested. . . . → continue reading . . .Race Rules – proposing updates
Ziyuan is ready to welcome athletes one year from now
One year from today, the International Rafting Federation and the peoples of Ziyuan will welcome over 600 athletes, support crew, and officials along with countless spectators to the white water of the WuPai River. The countdown is on!
From 22 August 2020, the world’s best rafting athletes will meet in Ziyuan, China to compete in the prestigious IRF World Rafting Championships. 2020 will historically mark the 19th IRF World Rafting Championship. Top teams from all IRF member nations will be invited to race against their peers on the tropical waters of the WuPai river. Raft teams from non-IRF member nations or from nations where their rafting national federation are unable to hold fair and credible selections may contact the IRF Admin to confirm eligibility.
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