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In the last couple of months, some things have happened in the Life Saving sport. It all started when the ILSE Sports Commission had a meeting after the Rescue 2010 event in Egypt. It was during this meeting when they decided that changes had to be made to the program of the European Championships. They have made their proposal about changing the program internally. In a first evaluation of this proposal with a select group of athletes and the members of the ILSE Sports Commission it became clear that in their view the adjustments are needed. If nothing would change, they think that the European Championships could not be organized any longer, because there was no nation willing to host the event. Shocked by the drastic changes, but acknowledging the fact that some changes might be needed, we formed a group of athletes, as we felt responsible for the future of the Life Saving sport. The group has several different nationalities and we represent several other athletes from our nations all over Europe. Soon we decided that actions had to be taken in order to prove to the ILSE Sports Commission that the majority of the European athletes do not agree with their line of reasoning. We discussed about many possible ways of action, especially a petition against the ILSE Sports Commission’s proposal and a counter proposal based on the input of as many European athletes as possible. The fact that we needed the input of many European athletes was clear from the beginning. All this resulted in the creation of our webpage : www.ilse-sport-voting.eu .
Un website incontournable
But since the building an hosting of our website and the advertisements needed to promote it costs money, we had to involve someone to support us. Luckily, we found two organizations willing to help us : Wetiz Life Saving and Ocean Racing Equipment as a financial supporter and Coureurs d’Écume Life Saving Magazine as a promotional supporter. This way the website was launched and we were ready for action. We issued a questionnaire on our website. This way we could research what the most popular and least popular events are among the European athletes. We were also able to ask them about several other solutions and possibilities in regard to the organizing and hosting of the European Championships.
600 votants à ce jour
So far, over 600 athletes have submitted their opinion to us and we still encourage everyone who did not take the opportunity to speak their mind to fill in our questionnaire. Based on the current results, we as athlete representatives wrote a letter to the ILSE Sports Commission and the ILSE Board. In this letter we made a proposal to revise their intentions about organizing European Championships in a way that is in line with the opinion of the European athletes, or in other words in line with the results of our questionnaire. Based on the European Championships in Tenerife, the following 5 adjustments should be made.
1. Conduct straight finals in all pool events.
2. Exclude B finals for teams in ocean events.
3. Exclude the SERC and the Line Throw from the competition program.
4. Allow only two athletes to start per individual event per nation, instead of current three.
5. Exclude the 200m obstacle race, the 4x50m obstacle relay, the Beach Sprint and/or the Beach
Relay from the competition program.
We also mentioned in our letter that, in our view, the championships could be reduced to a three day event for national teams with implementing the first three of these points. Furthermore, the fourth option is already used at the World Championships and point five is already an adjustment that has been made to the 2007 program for the European Championships 2011 in Alicante. So we think we should at least try these options before cutting the program to a bare minimum. The ILSE Sport commission reacted fast and positive to our letter and contribution to the Life Saving sports. They also mentioned that, in their view, a representative of our group should have to go to Dublin and speak at the ILSE Board meeting. The ILSE Board did not respond at all, but through the ILSE Sports commission’s chairman we heard that we were not welcome at the meeting and that the Sports commission’s representative should speak for the athletes as well.
Ouverts à toute suggestion
We responded with a new letter to the ILSE Board. In this secondary letter we advised to postpone the decision about the program for the European Championships 2013 and later EC’s until after the European Championships in Alicante in September of this year. Our main argument was that this is an ILSE event and not an ILS event (like the Rescue 2010 event which was the base argument to all new change proposals) and that the current program for Alicante is already a reduced one and that the results of this reduction are therefore unknown. Since we were not present in Dublin, we do not exactly know how the presentation of the ILSE Sports Commission went. But what we do know is that they took in the results of the questionnaire and had a look at our proposal. From second hand we have been informed that they have had all our letters and considered them.
ILSE Board in Dublin
In Dublin, the ILSE Board has accepted the ILSE Sports Commission’s proposal, with the limitation that they will seek a dialogue with us as athletes and that changes might be made to the 2013 program. They have also decided that in 2012 and 2013 a Surf Cup will be initiated, but nothing has been said about the content or regulations with regards to this Surf Cup. We hope that this will be a point of discussion in the dialogue that will be started. The ILSE Board and the Sport commission have also decided that they together will write a letter to us athletes. All this means that the following points will be changed for the European Championships, starting with the 2013 edition.
Back to 3 individuel events and 2 relays in the Pool as well as in Surf
(50 carry, 100 carry with fins, 100 LifeSaver, 4×25 manikin carry, 4x 50 Tube relay — Board
Race, Beach Flags, Run-Swim-Run, Rescue Tube, Board Rescue)
Team size reduced to 5 female – 5 male athletes
Maximum 3 starts per team per individual event
Each athlete should minimally start 1 Pool and 1 Surf event
Finals for individual events, no ceremonies
SERC after opening ceremony
Overall pointscore only (not certain if this is only for teams, or also for athletes)
We hope to have informed you all well about this matter and we encourage you to keep suggesting your Life Saving friends to fill in our questionnaire. On the next page, you can find the letter we received from the ILSE Sports Commission. We thank you for all your support and we hope to provide you with new information soon.