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Organisation/IWA AGM/Minutes 2005

Minutes of the

International Windsurfing Association - Annual General Meeting

 

held on Wednesday, 10th August 2005 at 7.30 pm
at the SKZ (host club) Sopot, Poland.


 

1. Welcome and registration of votes

Approximately 50 people were present including the following voting members:

 

 

IWA Committee

National Association Classes Represented

ITA

Vincenzo Pottino

MOD Chair

 

ITA

Ezio Ferin

Aloha Chair

 

GBR

Ceri Williams

FW Chair

 

BEL

Bruno de Wannemaeker

IFCA Chair

IFCA, FW, RB, Aloha

AUT

Peter Krimbacher

MJOD rep

FW

GBR

Paul Leone

Raceboard Chair

 

GBR

John Ellis

Treasurer

Aloha, FW, IFCA, MOD, MJOD, RB

FRA

Marc Cardon

Co-opted

Aloha, FW, RB, IFCA

RUS

Oleg Parsadanou

 

Aloha, MJOD, MOD, IFCA, RB, RW

HKG

Cheung Kwok Bun, Ben

 

MJOD, MOD, RB

TUR

Ilker Bayindir

 

MOD, IFCA, Aloha

ITA

Vincenzo Baglione

 

MOD, MJOD

ESP

Auriol Nicolas

 

Aloha, FW, MOD, MJOD

FRA

Yan Bouverne

 

MOD, MJOD

ITA

Filippo Marotti

 

IFCA, FW, IFCA

POL

Witchi Nerliny

 

FW, IFCA

POL

Pawel Kowalski

 

MOD, FW, Aloha

ISR

Michal Hein

 

Aloha, MOD, MJOD

ITA

Valerio Linares

 

Aloha

 

 

 

 

NED

Diederik Bakker

Co-opted

Peter Krimbacher acting as proxy

 

The meeting was chaired by Vincenzo Pottino.  He introduced the IWA Executive Committee members present.  Apologies from Diederik Bakker were noted.  This AGM followed a long meeting of the Executive Committee the previous evening when many issues had been discussed, including the Olympic choice and its impact on the Classes, the future of competition and regattas.


2. Minutes of last meeting, and any matters arising

The minutes of the IWA AGM held on 8 May 2004 in Italy had been published on the IWA website and were approved by the meeting.  There were no matters arising.

3. Presentation of annual report - (included in accounts) and 4. Presentation of Accounts for 2004

John Ellis had circulated copy of the Directors' Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 December 2004 and recommended acceptance of the accounts as a true and accurate record of the financial affairs of the Association. 


The Accounts were unanimously approved and will be published on the IWA website.


5. 2005 budget and financial report of year to date

John Ellis had circulated copy of the Financial Report 2005 as at 30 June 2005.  Overall income was more than predicted but expenditure was also higher.  Regrettably the subsidy which contributed towards the employment of Rory Ramsden as IWA Executive Secretary had ceased at the end of December 2005 so IWA had had to release him from employment in May 2005 with redundancy payment.  Also IWA had taken on board the production of the Windsurfing Competition Rules.  IWA had ensured wide circulation of the WCR at no cost, further copies would now only be available for a fee.  A predicted deficit of Eur 2,000 over the next six months would mean a total deficit for the year of approximately Eur 12,000.  IWA was working hard to cut costs but John Ellis stressed the importance of the representation of Class representatives at the ISAF meeting in Singapore in November.  The Executive had carefully considered ways of ensuring no deficit in 2006.

 

This financial report was unanimously approved.

6. Review of annual subscriptions
Ceri Williams advised the meeting that IMCO’s Olympic status up to 2004 had meant approximately 50% of the IWA subscription income had been derived from IMCO.  For 2005 IMCO fees had been reduced in line with the other Classes which were 160 for FW, IFCA, IMCO, RB and 80 for junior classes Aloha and MJOD.  Assistance had been given to “developing” nations.   To meet the needs of IWA in 2006, as outlined in the Treasurer’s summary, the Executive Committee proposed a structure as follows:

 

“For 2006, all Classes will be Eur 100; bigger nations who send 4 or more competitors to European/International Championships will pay Eur 200.”

 

It was hoped that this system would be seen as fairer to all National Associations and realise a moderate increase in IWA income.

 

The proposed structure was unanimously approved by the meeting. 

.
7. Report of Management Sub Committee
To review a proposal to integrate all windsurfing class committees into one committee, the IWA Executive Committee, effectively making the IWA the ISAF approved class administrative and representative body.

 

The above proposal was still under discussion by the IWA Executive Committee and therefore not put to the IWA AGM. 

 

Ceri Williams explained that, whilst the IWA had a full board, day to day affairs had been run by a Management Sub Committee of Ceri Williams, Rory Ramsden and Annie Dollery.  The IWA Executive had now replaced Rory Ramsden with Bruno de Wannemaeker.

8. AOB
a) to receive and approve nominations as Continental Delegate. Currently only one continent – Europe - is represented.
Constitution # 7.3: Continental Delegates, the Executive Committee may co opt one non voting member to represent any continent not represented by an existing member of the Exec Committee.

 

Aware of the European bias, the Executive Committee would welcome nominations for a non-European Continental representative.

b) to receive and approve nominations as industry representative on the IWA Executive Committee

 

The Executive Committee would also welcome nominations for an industry representative, this position once held by the PWA and Guy Chilvers, replaced by Michel Quistenic, but vacant over the last year.

c) to receive and discuss the document "Windsurfing Structure –2006 onwards"

 

The Executive Committee had felt this document needed further discussion by the Class Chairmen with their own Classes before presentation and therefore was not available for the meeting.  The intention was to finalise this document before presentation to the ISAF Windsurfing Committee and then publication.

d)  Coach Fees

There was criticism that coaches did not receive any service in return for their fee charged for events.  Team members with problems expected their coaches to be able to resolve them but coaches were themselves lacking information and support at a higher level.  It was agreed there was a need for the establishment of a working communication system, the proper identification of event officials, a daily coach meeting with the Race Officer, access to the Jury and access to a properly equipped office.  These suggestions to be incorporated in standard agreements with organisers to ensure facilities are provided.

 

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.10 pm.  The meeting was followed by the AGM’s of MJOD and Aloha.


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