Can The AAF Achieve Australian Sports Commission Accreditation?
We at the Australian Armwrestling Federation are pleased to learn of the World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) taking a positive step towards Sport Accord accreditation. ARMWRESTLING can join the big family of SportAccord in April 2015 when the SportAccord Congress will decide.
This affiliation will bring Armwrestling the highest international recognition and the biggest support we can get for our sport development, media coverage and governmental support. From the WAF official page "WAF completed and submitted the application for Full Member of SPORTACCORD. As the umbrella of both Olympic and non-Olympic sports as well as organizer of international multi-sports events, SportAccord membership offers many benefits including:
- Recognition as the world governing body of ARMWRESTLING;
- Access to services such as Digital Media, Doping-Free Sport, Sports' Integrity, and Sports' Social Responsibility and the representation in international political bodies;
- The chance to participate in the SportAccord Multi-Sports Games;
- The opportunity to exchange knowledge, share common concerns and debate solutions for development of our sport and organization
What does this mean for Australia?
Armwrestling has been a grassroots organisation since its inception. We have been able to manage by the support of our loyal sponsors, Bulk Nutrients and Volvo Skid Steer Loaders (and many other event sponsors). Without these sponsors, armwrestling in Australia would simply not exist at the level that it does. With WAF gaining SportAccord accreditation, it will mean Australia can apply for Australian Sports Commission Accreditation. By being accredited with the ASC, it means we receive:
- the opportunity to use the ASC logo and/or the following words on stationery (letterhead, complimentary slips), in sponsorship and funding applications, annual reports, newsletters and magazines, and sponsors page or similar on organisation’s website as outlined in the ASC Branding Guide for NSOs. The words to be used in these circumstances are: “The Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission recognises «NSO» to develop «Sport_name» in Australia”. Please refer to the “Use of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms by Sporting Bodies”.
- The opportunity to apply to use the Commonwealth Coat of Arms on playing and dress uniforms of Australian representative sports persons and by accompanying officials on their dress uniforms.
- Entry in the ASC’s online Australian Sports Directory as the NSO for the particular sport.
- Invitations to attend workshops, seminars and other ASC forums conducted for recognised NSOs.
- Access to NSO services from the ASC’s National Sport Information Centre and clearing house.
- The opportunity to access the ASC’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme, National Officiating Accreditation Scheme and associated programs and services.
- The opportunity for policy development assistance and financial support through various grant programs administered by the ASC.
WAF President and General Secretary would like to thank all National Federations for the support. - Mircea Simionescu-Simicel
The AAF Committee is working hard to ensure this becomes a reality for the sport in Australia. It will create fantastic opportunities for the organisation and the dedicated competitors.