WFDF 2013 Elections Results Announced


22 Dec 2013

The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) now has announced a formula of a 2013 elections. The WFDF Member Associations voted on open positions on a Board of Directors and on a Ultimate Committee to offer from 1 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2015.

WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch commented: “We are really gratified about a choosing of this intensely competent line-up of candidates. We also are vehement to be carrying a initial eccentric (non-disc sports related) house member – Vincent Gaillard – join us during this critical connection in WFDF’s history, carrying perceived provisional Recognition by a IOC in May. We also wish to appreciate effusive house members Kate Bergeron, who served as a house member given 2007, for all of her contributions and Simon Hill, carrying served as Ultimate Committee chair given early 2011.”

Rauch combined “As does any International Sports Federation, we count on a support of volunteers holding on roles and functions within a classification on several levels. We inspire some-more people to cruise removing concerned in a future, possibly in these comparison house care roles or by a several committees and commissions as volunteers for WFDF.”

The following possibilities were inaugurated for a particular positions after regulating unopposed.

Board of Directors

Secretary: Thomas Griesbaum (GER), Executive Committee position
Thomas has been concerned with front sports given 1981, commencement with freestyle, front golf and margin events and after with Ultimate. He served as a WFDF house member from 2001-2006 and rejoined as Secretary in 2011. He has been President of a European Flying Disc Federation given 1990 and was a owners of Deutscher Frisbeesport-Verband for that he served as President from 1989-2000. He orderly a initial Ultimate muster in a World Games in 1989 and served as WFDF’s technical nominee during a 2005 World Games. Thomas is now a staff member of a Faculty of Informatics during a Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Treasurer: Sandra L. “Sandie” Hammerly (USA), Executive Committee position
Sandie has served on a WFDF house and Executive Committee given 2009 as Secretary and now Treasurer. She is a veteran in a margin of non-profit sports organizations, now portion as a Executive Director for a Broomfield Soccer Club in Colorado. She had before served as a Executive Director of USA Ultimate (formerly a Ultimate Players Association) from 2003-2009, severely improving a turn of professionalism, membership, and financial resources for a organization, and was Assistant Executive Director for US Field Hockey from 1995-2001.

Chair, Ultimate Committee: Brian Gisel (CAN)
Brian has been a WFDF house member given 2009 and before from 2002-2007, portion as a Ultimate Committee Chair from 2004-2007. He was contest executive of a 2008 World Ultimate and Guts Championships and a 1997 World Ultimate Club Championships and has run several Canadian National Championships. He was a Vancouver Ultimate League Board President from 2009-2012 and has also served on a Ultimate Canada board. Brian is a Operations Manager for a British Columbia Medical Association.

Chair, Freestyle Committee: Kevin “Skippy Jammer” Givens (USA)
Skippy has over 30 years of knowledge in handling and personification freestyle. He has been a Tournament Director for a Freestyle Players Association World Championship 4 times, a Tournament Director of a WFDF Overall World Championships twice, and has won 14 vital freestyle titles as a competitor. He was also a WFDF Executive Director from 2008-2010. Skippy is a Intramural and Sports Club Supervisor (Competitive Sports Director) for a University of California, Santa Cruz.

Director during large: Vincent Gaillard (FRA/SUI)
Vincent is a sports government and sustainability professional, with 20 years of wide-ranging knowledge achieved in several organizations around a world. He is a former Director General of SportAccord – a powerful classification for Olympic and non-Olympic sports – and now operates exclusively by a new beginning called Sport Community Ventures. After business studies and a Masters’ grade in sports management, and initial work with Adidas, BBDO Sports and a National Basketball Association, Vincent assimilated The Coca-Cola Company in 1998 where he hold several roles in a government of FIFA and Olympic partnerships around a universe until he assimilated SportAccord in 2011. He is now a member of a IOC Sport Environment Commission.

Director during large: Michael Hu (TPE)
Michael is a General Secretary of a Chinese Taipei Flying Disc Association and Secretary General of a Asia Flying Disc Federation. He has been a WFDF house member given 2009. Michael is an active actor and manager of all of a vital front disciplines including Ultimate, front golf, and altogether events.

Director during large: Jamie Nuwer (USA)
Jamie has served as a Medical Anti-Doping Committee Chairwoman of WFDF given 2011 and as a Medical Committee Chairwoman for USA Ultimate given 2010. She has been a manager for a UCLA and Stanford Women’s Ultimate Frisbee teams given 2003 and was manager of a USA U20 and U23 girl inhabitant teams in 2012-2013. She has finished investigate on college Ultimate injuries and grown a Sports Medicine Section of a USA Ultimate Coaching Manual for Coaching. She is now a medicine during a Menlo Medical Clinic in California.

Ultimate Committee

Events Subcommittee Chair: Elizabeth Houtrow (USA/KOR)
Elizabeth recently returned to a US from South Korea where she was an English professor. In a before 4 years she served as a Vice President of a Korea Ultimate Players Association. She served as fasten coordinator and was a four-time contest executive for a largest general Ultimate contest hold in Korea.

Spirit of a Game Subcommittee Chair: Patrick outpost der Valk (POR)
Patrick has been a Spirit of a Game Subcommittee Chair given 2007 where he has spearheaded good improvements in a recognition and preparation of suggestion of a game. He is also a WFDF Beach Ultimate Committee Chair and a WFDF Board Member. He is President of a Portuguese Flying Disc Federation and is owners and President of a Beach Ultimate Lovers Association.

Election Result Details

The 2013 Election was conducted on-line around a voting form regulating a Single Transferable Vote methodology. There were 45 unchanging members in good station with a sum of 121 votes. To accommodate a claim majorities, a sum of 62 votes were compulsory for election. Over a march of a voting duration that extended form Nov 15 to Dec 15, 2013, 33 members with a sum of 95 votes expel their ballots. Although possibilities for any bureau were uncontested, all possibilities have perceived a quorum indispensable for passage. The following votes were tallied per any candidate:

WFDF Board of Directors Members:
Thomas Griesbaum (GER), Secretary (88 yes, 7 abstain)
Sandie Hammerly (USA), Treasurer (88 yes, 7 abstain)
Brian Gisel (CAN), Ultimate Committee chair (84 yes, 11 abstain)
Kevin Givens (USA) Freestyle Committee chair (73 yes, 22 abstain)
Vincent Gaillard (SUI/FRA), At-Large member (91 yes, 4 abstain)
Michael Hu (TPE), At-Large member (91 yes, 4 abstain)
Jamie Nuwer (USA), At-Large member (91 yes, 4 abstain)

Ultimate Committee Members:
Elizabeth Houtrow (KOR/USA), Events Subcommittee Chair (93 yes, 2 abstain)
Patrick outpost der Valk (POR), SOTG Subcommittee Chair (93 yes, 2 abstain)

Returning Members of a Board

President: Robert “Nob” Rauch (USA), Executive Committee position
Robert “Nob” Rauch was an active Ultimate actor from 1976 to 1994 and has been concerned in positions of care in front sports given 1987. He was a National Director/Executive Director of a Ultimate Players Association (the UPA, now USA Ultimate or USAU) from 1988 to 1990, was authority of a UPA’s Executive Committee in 1991-1992, and is now a member of a USAU Investment Committee and Hall of Fame Committee. He has also served as boss of a World Flying Disc Federation from 1992 to 1994 and from 2011 to a benefaction and as Chair of a Ultimate Committee from 1988 to 1992. As an contestant personification on Ultimate teams in Chicago, Boston, and New York, he won 6 US National Championships and 5 World Championships, and he was inaugurated to a Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2006. He also was a contributing author for a book “Ultimate: The First Four Decades” published in Dec 2005. Rauch has a 33 year career in financial and is now a partner and portfolio manager of Gramercy Financial Group, a US$3.8 billion investment organisation specializing in corporate and emperor debt investments in tellurian rising markets. He perceived his bachelor’s grade in domestic economy from Williams College and master’s grade in financial and general business from a Kellogg School of Northwestern University.

Beach Committee Chair: Patrick outpost der Valk (POR)
Patrick has been a Spirit of a Game Subcommittee Chair given 2007 where he has spearheaded good improvements in a recognition and preparation of suggestion of a game. He is also a WFDF Beach Ultimate Committee Chair and a WFDF Board Member given 2011. He is President of a Portuguese Flying Disc Federation and is owners and President of a Beach Ultimate Lovers Association.

Director during large: Fumio “Moro” Morooka (JPN)
Moro is a sports preparation veteran who has been a Board Member of WFDF invariably given 1992. He has also now portion as President of Japan Flying Disc Federation sine 2009. He was Tournament Director in 1992 and TOC President in 2012 of a World Ultimate and Guts Championships hold in Japan. In further to front sports, Moro has been a Board Member of a Japan Olympic Academy (JOA) from 2007-Present and Executive Director of a Japan World Games Association (JWGA) from 2001-Present. He before served as Executive Director of a World Games 2001 Akita Organizing Committee and was a Council Member of SportAccord from 2009 -2011. Moro is Professor of Department of Health and Physical Education during Sophia University in Tokyo, where he has served as a chair, and has authored countless books and papers in a margin of sports and recreation.

Athletes Commission Member: Ryan Purcell (RSA), Non-Voting Observer
Ryan was inaugurated to a Athletes’ Commission in 2012 and is a stream chair. As a athlete, he began his career during a University of Michigan and has competed in both a USA Ultimate College and Club Championships on 3 occasions as good as a 2010 WFDF World Club Championships in Prague. He has coached University teams in Australia (New South Wales) and a United States (Michigan), as good as led girl programs in both places. Recently he relocated to South Africa, where he has been concerned in starting a new Mixed Club group (2012 RSA National Champions), as good as fasten a Open group as a actor and manager during a 2012 World Ultimate Championships in Japan. He now is a handling executive for Llamasoft where he advises assist organizations and Ministries of Health around Africa on supply sequence pattern and network operations.

In further to returning members, dual house members recently stepped down mid-term and halt replacements were authorized by a house to offer out a remaining terms.

Overall Committee Chair: Tomas Burvall (SWE)
Burvall won a pretension as WFDF Overall World Champion in a 2013 WFDF World Overall Championships in Norrköping, Sweden, aggregation 5 bullion medals by also winning a pretension in a fortify of Discathon and in several masters multiplication events. He has won 8 bullion medals in a Masters multiplication given 2009 and was flashy with his initial bullion award in Overall in 2007 in Ithaca, NY (USA) and in Self Caught Flight 1997 in Helsinki. Burvall also was a leader of 35 Overall medals in Sweden, 15 of that have been golds.

Guts Committee Chair: Steve Taylor (USA)
Steve has been a President of USA Guts given 2007. As an athlete, he has played Guts given 1981 and his group won a 2010 US Nationals Championship. He was a member of Team USA during WUGC 2004 and WUGC 2008 and participated in a All Japan Guts Tournament in Tokyo in 2007 and 2009. Steve is a owners and partner of LUX Interactive, that provides web formed program solutions to a accumulation of clients, including concentrations in airlines, not-for-profit organizations and e-commerce clients.

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About WFDF: The World Flying Disc Federation is a general sports association obliged for universe governance of drifting front (FrisbeeTM) sports, including Ultimate, Beach Ultimate, Guts, and Individual Events. WFDF is a association of member associations that paint drifting front sports and their athletes in some-more than 56 countries. WFDF is an general association recognized by a International Olympic Committee (IOC), a member of ARISF, SportAccord and a International World Games Association, and it is a purebred not-for-profit 501(c)(3) house in a state of Colorado, USA. The WFDF Executive Committee: President Robert L. “Nob” Rauch, Secretary Thomas Griesbaum, Treasurer Sandie Hammerly.

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