Powerboat P1 Management was in attendance last week at the 85th UIM General Assembly in Corfu, Greece. As one of only a small handful of international promoters, P1 plays a vital role in shaping the future of the sport and the annual meeting was the ideal opportunity to share P1's vision for the sport amongst more than 50 national federations. The UIM is the international governing body of power boating and is recognised as such by the International Olympic Committee.
P1 Chief Operating Officer, Robert Wicks said: "This has been an important week for the sport as a whole, with many key areas under the microscope. In particular there has been much discussion about long-overdue proposals to modernise the UIM with a new operating structure to achieve the goal and vision of the organisation.
As an international promoter, we have called on the UIM to invest in research and development to improve safety in the sport, to provide improved guidelines for national authorities and promoters, to increase the resources in the UIM office in Monaco and to improve communication between the various sporting, safety and technical commissions within the UIM.”
Other highlights included:
· The UIM President, Raffaele Chiulli, expressed his gratitude towards P1 as a key partner of the Youth Development Pilot Programme – an initiative designed to provide national federations with a comprehensive training initiative for youngsters in the sport.
· The significant steps taken by P1 in relation to the environment received high praise from national federations and has set a clear benchmark for others to follow.
· New Zealand was nominated as the host nation for the 2013 UIM General Assembly.