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WMF Youth Committee meeting 2010 in Prague

The WMF Youth Committee held its annual meeting in centrally located Prague, since travelling to the venue of the YEC 2011 to Naturns would have been quite complicated and expensive. 4 of the 5 YC members – WMF Youth Officer Pasi Aho (FIN), members Dieter Helmke (AUT), Martin Tomanek (CZE) and Verners Kirss (LAT) took part in this meeting. Matthias Reiche (GER) unfortunately was not able to come to Prague due to his final exams to get a University Diploma.

The main meeting day was Saturday, November 27. Actually it was a very busy day – after breakfast the meeting started at breakfast & meeting room of the Hotel Loreta and continued the whole day.


There were 14 topics on the agenda – e.g. check of the minutes of the previous meeting in Bamberg in 2009 and review about Youth World Championships 2010 in Sochi. The YC shared the opinion that YNC / YWC in Sochi were one of the best-organised international championships in recent years. The YC would like to again express it’s thanks to the Russian organisation team and the YC will definitely recommend and support Sochi as a candidate for future championships. Maybe one day Sochi will even apply for the organisation of General Class Championships.

There were interesting discussions regarding the competition in Sochi in general. The YC came to the conclusion that it was a very valuable and successful experience to play on MOS for the first time. Some new ideas regarding referee work were also discussed. YC states that the media work in Sochi was done on the highest level. As the final result of it a professional 10 minutes long video was created and published.


The planning of the YNC and YEC 2011 was also one of the items discussed. The YC believes that the organiser is very experienced and we will have a very good tournament again. The Youth Officer is planning to visit Naturns and to meet with organisers and to inspect the courses next spring. The YC also discussed the information received from Matthias Reiche about the autumn tournament held in Naturns - about general organisation of the competition, courses, travelling and accommodation possibilities.

The YC further discussed the current financial budget and support for international youth projects. No applications for project support have been received this time. Such issues as the venues for organising of events in 2012, 2013 and the Youth International Championships, WMF Youth Championships toolkit, Youth World Ranking list and the situation with different international Youth Matches & Tournaments were also discussed.

Special thanks go to Martin Tomanek from all on the YC, who deserves extra thanks for being our host, organiser and driver, all in one person.

Minutes from the WMF Youth Committee (YC) Meeting

Author: Verners Kirss, WMF Youth Committee

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