Re ECF membership - May 11th 2013:
THE BRITISH SLEDDOG SPORTS FEDERATION IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT IT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AS MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN CANICROSS FEDERATION AND NOW HOLDS THE MANDATE FOR ENTERING GB & NI ATHLETES IN THE ECF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 AND BEYOND.
THE BSSF NOW REPRESENTS CANICROSS, BIKEJOR, SCOOTER AND ALL SLEDDOG DISCIPLINES AT BOTH WORLD AND EUROPEAN LEVEL.
DETAILS OF THE ECF EUROPEAN CANICROSS AND BIKEJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SWITZERLAND, 11 - 12 AND 13 OCTOBER PORRENTRUY / MONT-DE-COEUVE (JURA) WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON THE BSSF WEBSITE VERY SOON.
WE HOPE MANY OF YOU WILL JOIN THE ATHLETES ALREADY LINED UP TO COMPETE AT THIS EVENT
THE BSSF COUNCIL.
re: BSSF ECF special delegates - May 12th - 2013
With the exciting news last week regarding our acceptance as the ECF representatives for the UK, the BSSF would like to announce that we now have two dedicated delegates to act on the BSSF's behalf as envoys to the ECF. Kim Mazzucca and Jo Brecknell will be representing Canicross and Bikejor respectively for the BSSF.
Any questions regarding national competition should in the first instance go to the respective athletes reps for the North and South and their dedicated discipline reps, the contact details for which are available on the contacts page and BSSF council pages of the website. We wish Kim and Jo good luck in their roles working between the ECF and the BSSF.
re: Letter to Breed Clubs - May 26th 2013
As you will aware the UK has, for the first time in our sled dog sport history, a new federation that aims to be an umbrella for the sport of sled dog racing, encompassing all disciplins and to give us a voice on the national and international stage.
We are however aware of peoples concerns over the future of the registered nordic pure bred breeds within the sport, especially as it will be allowing more open class racing and encouraging all breeds to compete.
One of the concerns of the BSSF and indeed the IFSS, who we are provisional members of, is that the Nordic or sled dog Pure Bred breeds are continued to be protected, encouraged and supported with in our sport.
To this end we would like to offer to form a Pure Bred sub committee to work together to achieve this, feed back information to the breed clubs and help in your efforts to promote and protect the breeds.
The BSSF is a 'sports' based organisation not a breed club or breed based organisation, but with the majourity of sled dogs in our country being pure bred, we feel we should be there to support them.
I would like to invite the breed clubs if you feel it is necessary, to form a sub committee with the BSSF to ensure that the pure breeds are continued to be supported and represented in the sport.
If you would like to be involved, then please get in touch so we may discuss this further.
VP for development BSSF
re: New organisations now affiliated - July 29th 2013
We would like to welcome the following organisations to the BSSF as Affiliate members:
Affiliated British Sleddog Activities - ABSA.
ABSA have been organising sled dog races and events in the Uk for over 23 years, some of the first to go independant away from the breed clubs to focus purely on racing. ABSA have previously been ESDRA and IFSS members.
Cani-Fit organise canicross, bikejor and scooter events and race in Scotland and is run by
Lyndsey Cloughley. Cani-fit also offer training for dogs and their owners alike.
re: STOP PRESS: BSSF has achieved full IFSS membership - June 2nd 2014
Over the weekend of the 30th may - 1st June, four members of the BSSF council (John Carter, Charlie Brecknell, Leigh Marsden, Matt Hammersley) travelled to Brussels for the IFSS General Assembly to put forward our application to become full members of the IFSS.
During the Saturdays conference, the BSSF was voted in by 58 out of 58 votes to be accepted and to become full members. We would like to say a huge well done to all those on the council, to our members and a thank you to SDAS for agreeing to promote our application to become the representative member from Great Britain for sled dog sport. We would also like to thank all the countries that showed us support, a particular thank you to USA and Canada for their kind words expressed in front of all those present at the General Assembly on the announcement of the voting results. We look forward to working with you all in the organisation and promotion of our sport.
This means that as full members of the IFSS we now have full voting rights, guaranteed places for our athletes at future international races, the ability to host further World cup, European championships and World championships in Great Britain as well as a say in matters that reflect our sport in IFSS meetings and assemblies.
This is a historic opportunity for all us involved in sled dog sport in the UK.
We will have more news from the general assembly over the next few days.
Well done to all !
re: New Athletes Reps - August 10th 2014
Thank you to all who stood for election for the discipline rep positions, and congratulations to the following members who have been voted into the roles.
Canicross Rep (South) Jason Pascoe
Canicross Rep (North) Lindsay Cloughley (Johnson)
Bike-jor Rep (South) Claire Spencer
Bike-jor Rep (North) Stuart Hanson
Scooter Rep (South) Mike Stone
Rig Rep (South) Jo Walton
On-snow Rep (South) Peter Carroll
Our Athletes Reps on the council will be working closely with you all to swap opinions & ideas and develop your disciplines from local through to international level. Exciting times for our sport ahead.
Regarding the afore mentioned Athletes Reps, the BSSF would like to thank Leigh Marsden for all his work & dedication he has given to the BSSF since its formation, and wish him every success in the future as he resigns from the BSSF council to concentrate on personal and work commitments.
At present, all contact from discipline reps should be directed to Danny Fitzgerald.
John Carter - President BSSF