Press Release * Official Communication
WFDF to Have First-Ever In-Person Board Meeting November 3-4
20 October 2012
The WFDF Board is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first ever in-person Board meeting on the weekend of November 3-4 at the Hilton Garden Inn at JFK Airport in New York. The primary focus of the meeting will be to discuss the elements of the organization’s strategic plan. All WFDF Members and players are invited to submit issues or suggest topics that might be considered by the board in their discussions.
Certain portions of the meeting will be moderated by Dr. David Barkan, a consultant specializing in facilitating strategic and collaborative group development and planning. David is also a long-time Ultimate player and thus has a particular appreciation for the issues facing disc sports.
Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President, stated: “While the board has met ten times a year by conference call over the last couple years, it is difficult to tackle the big picture issues without being in front of each other as a board. We have always tried to run the organization on a lean budget, but we feel that this will be an effective investment in WFDF’s future and we hope to make it a biannual event going forward.”
The national and organizational associations that comprise WFDF’s Membership meet annually at the Congress (most recently in July in Sakai Japan) but this will be the first full board meeting held in person.
Israeli National Girls’ Team at WFDF 2012 WJUC Achieves Milestone in World Sports Participation
23 August 2012
The young women’s team representing Israel at the recent WFDF World Juniors Ultimate Championship in Dublin, Ireland achieved a landmark for the sport of Ultimate and their country by fielding a team composed of both Arab and Jewish athletes. Prior teams at the World Junior Ultimate Championships had been comprised entirely of Jewish athletes. While other Israeli sports teams have occasionally had one or two Arab players on them, few Israeli teams have had this measure of balance. The Women’s Juniors (under-20) team was composed of 10 Jewish and 6 Arab players.
According to the Israeli team’s head coach, Miranda Roth Knowles, former Team USA World Champion player and Gold Medalist at the 2005 IWGA World Games, and current Director of Coaching for Ultimate Peace, “the team practices regularly, boasts numerous cross-cultural friendships, and prides itself on team unity, cohesion, and as being a sign of hope for co-existence. Interaction between these Arab and Jewish Israeli youth would be highly unlikely without involvement in this sport, since day to day Israeli life is mostly segregated.”
Call for bids - WFDF 2013 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC)
22 July 2012
WFDF’s Overall Events Chair Jack Cooksey and the Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the WFDF 2013 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC). The deadline for submitting completed bids for WOC 2013 is August 31 2012, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than September 30, 2012.
All potential bidders should notify WFDF of their intention to bid (no actual details required) by Friday, August 3, 2012.
WFDF announces elected members of the Athlete`s Commission
17 July 2012
The members of the Athlete`s Commission with WFDF President Robert "Nob" Rauch (right) and WFDF Executive Director Volker Bernardi (left): Ryan Purcell (RSA), Anna Haynes (AUS) and Matt Doyle (CAN) (from left to right).
WFDF is pleased to announce the results of the elections to the first ever WFDF Athlete`s Commission. Seven candidates from six countries stood for the elections to the Commission during WUGC 2012 in Sakai, Japan.
The elected members for the first term of office lasting two years are Anna Haynes (Australia), Ryan Purcell (South Africa) and Matt Doyle (Canada). The Athlete`s Commission will strengthen Athlete`s representation in the decision making process of WFDF.
Panama accepted as a provisional WFDF member
02 February 2012
The Panama Ultimate Frisbee Association (Asociacion de Ultimate Frisbee de Panama, or AUFP) has been accepted as a WFDF provisional Member by an electronic vote of the WFDF Congress, approving their membership unanimously by the votes cast. WFDF now has a total of 56 members (39 full Members and 17 provisional members) in 54 countries.
WFDF 2013 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships to be held in Toronto, Canada
02 February 2012
The World Flying Disc Federation today has announced that the WFDF 2013 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships will be hosted in the city of Toronto, Canada. The event will be held from July 22, 2013 to July 28, 2013 at the facilities at York University Toronto, Canada, with the finals being held on the main field at the York venue on July 28, 2013. WU23 2013 will welcome 40+ teams from over 20 nations in 3 divisions of competition: Open, Women's, and Mixed. The bid will be hosted by the Toronto Ultimate Club (TUC) who will serve as the WFDF 2013 World Under-23 Ultimate Championships Organising Committee (TOC).
WFDF 2011 Election Results Announced
19 December 2011
The World Flying Disc Federation Nominating and Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of its 2011 elections. In uncontested elections as officers and board members, Thomas Griesbaum (GER) was elected as Secretary, Sandie Hammerly (USA) as Treasurer, and Simon Hill as Ultimate Committee Chair. Kate Bergeron (USA), Brian Gisel (CAN), and Michael Hu (TPE) were elected as at-large board members out of a field of five candidates. Also, all Ultimate Committee candidates were approved. All 37 WFDF members in good standing cast their votes in the election, which was tallied using the "Single Transferable Voting Mechanism."
WFDF 2012 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) host announced
07 December 2011
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that it has awarded the 2012 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) to the Tournament Organising Committee (TOC) headed by Dominick Smyth and authorised by the Irish Flying Disc Association (IFDA).
This bi-annual event will be hosted in the city of Dublin, Ireland, 12 – 18 August 2012. Upon the recommendation of the Ultimate Committee, the WFDF Board of Directors approved the bid from the IFDA during their latest meeting. The last WFDF WJUC event had been held in Heilbronn, Germany, in 2010.
Competitions will be held in two divisions: junior open and junior women’s at the Dublin City University (DCU). During the event the European U17 Championships is expected to be held at the same venue.
2011 WFDF Board Elections
16 November 2011
The 2011 WFDF Election Candidates have been announced. The following list of candidates have volunteered to run for election for the 2012-2013 WFDF Board of Directors.
Call for Host Bids for WFDF Ultimate Club Championships 2014 (WUCC)
08 November 2011
WFDF’s Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the WFDF Ultimate Club Championships 2014 (WUCC). The deadline for submitting completed bids for WUCC 2014 is January 31, 2012, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than April 30, 2012. All potential bidders should notify WFDF of their intention to bid (no actual details required) by Friday December 16, 2011.
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