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Principles for the Governance of Dragon Boating in Europe By EDBF President Claudio Schermi

The last 3 years have been truly remarkable 3 years in the course of development of the Dragon
Boat Sport, with very successful Continental and World Championships.
For the future we will do our utmost to fulfil our mission.
There are great expectations from Paddlers, from the Dragon Boat Community of Europe and from
our EDBF Members. In 2018 Europe will host the 3 main events of the year, the EDBF ENC in
Brandeburg, the IDBF CCWC in Szeged and the IBCPC Participatory Festival in Florence.
Our Federation’s Members are the bedrock of our sport.
The EDBF faces new challenges and we need to have real vision and fresh leadership in tackling
those challenges.
Our objectives for the future are that we need to offer better competitions, improve the EDBF
presentation of our sport, reform our calendar, develop new media, and shape our own future
within the IDBF and the European paddle-sport community.
We are taking this important responsibility for the Paddlers and for the Dragon Boat Community of
Europe.
The Dragon Boat Community of Europe includes not just paddlers but all stakeholders: the Race
Officials, the EDBF Members and the Clubs, the Coaches, supporters and families, the Event
Organizers, the boat builders, the sponsors and maybe others to be identified.
We have many pressing issues within EDBF, first of all the GOVERNANCE of our sport. And we
discuss about it at the last European Dragon Boat Convention in Belgrade, November 2017
We agreed to work together, to involve the Executive Committee and the Council in the day by
day life of our organization.
We agreed to maintain close ties with our Dragon Boat Community of Europe, especially with the
Paddlers. We wish to organize our Paddlers, to communicate with them, to serve them, to learn
from them and to subject ourselves to their oversight. We should always be part of the Paddlers
Community of Europe, work for their interests and share good and bad times with them.
The EDBF will need to be committed to the long-term future of dragon boat sport, developing
strategies in areas such as youth development, sustainable development, education, prevention,
safety and antidoping. We should never be inactive.
My main goals, as new EDBF President, will be to grow dragon boating in Europe, to promote a
rejuvenation of our sport and to make it able to generate increased revenues and thus
opportunity for our paddlers, for our members, for our Clubs and for the organisation of our sport
at every level.
I am fully aware that the capability of any individual is limited, but if we are united in a team
serving our sport with dedication, with your support and commitment, there is no difficulties that
we cannot overcome.
We must investigate and bear in mind what paddlers think and we must work with them.

The EDBF should be able to set up inspirational goals in line with the will of the Paddlers and the
need for development of our sport and lead the Dragon Boat Community to achieve those goals.
This is one of the reasons to continue in the future with the EDBF Annual Convention and to
develop the programme with sessions for Coaches, Paddlers, Organizers and Sponsors.
There is still considerable room for the EDBF Executive Committee and Council to improve our
leadership, governing capacity and organization, and the quality, competence and practice of the
EDBF Members and Officials.
These are missions of an historic importance to which we must dedicate all our wisdom and
strength.
I wish to underline the EDBF gender equality in our good governance policy, with 4 women and 3
men in the Executive Committee. Project.
We should very much consider the requirements of the following recent IOC document dated
March 2018 and the application in the European Dragon Boat of the 25 recommendations of the
IOC Gender Equality Review Project:
https://www.olympic.org/~/media/Document%20Library/OlympicOrg/News/2018/03/IOC-
Gender-Equality-Review-Project-Recommendations-Overview-March-2018.pdf

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