- Obstacle Sports Racing (OCR)
- Adventure Racing
A.F.O.S. is a member of the International Federation of Obstacle Sports (F.I.S.O.) World Obstacle; a worldwide confederation of 120 countries, and counting.
This is an exciting time all around the world as these sporting disciplines are finally being recognised as an actual SPORT.
What does this mean?
This offers the opportunity for athletes of these sporting disciples to achieve official ranking and recognition for national and international competitions.
The Sports of Obstacles is the fastest growing sport in the world, with the highest numbers of participants due to it's well-established community over the past few years, with many commercial operations in many countries.
Why did we make this Gofundme campaign?
A.F.O.S. is a new branch of F.I.S.O., and it needs a lot of things to be able to run competitions, which we can achieve with your help!
One of the most important things we need to do is gain recognition with the Australian Sport Commission. To do so, we need to fulfill certain criterias. Whilst we're working on meeting these criterias, these make it hard for us to qualify to obtain grants to help fund our organisation.
To put it bluntly, we need funds to grow the sport and achieve the high-quality standards of competition our community deserves.
A.F.O.S. needs funding for the following things:
- Equipment, which will be used for Ninja, OCR, Adventure racing, Para, and special needs events and for School Sports.
- Head Office, so we can run the daily operations and grow the sport for the future.
- Qualified Personnel and contractors, who will create courses and obstacles which will help to advance the sport.
What are our goals?
A.F.O.S. has short and long-term goals, all of which are aimed at growing the sport with the necessary high-quality standards required to offer you the community frequent events and increased participation for all.
Some of the plans already in place are:
- regional, state, national, and international competitions for Ninja and OCR for which we will need the same rig used by Russia in 2019
- preparing to introduce the sport in the schools,
- preparing coaching accreditation courses,
- the creation of a structured Para and Special needs competitions, and
- introducing aqua OCR events.
WHY 5 MILLIONS DOLLARS?
This is the large breakdown of the budget over the next 3 years period.
We want to have the same rig used by Russia for the 2019 World Championship, this means that we will be the second country to have an International Standards rig and we can bid to hold the next World Championship in AUSTRALIA.
A 150 metre long rig for the ninja competitions is a total of 2.5 millions complete with every nut, bolt, safety matting, steps and all other safety equipment. ( approved to international standards)
The great thing is that the majority of these equipment will be used for OCR events so we are saving lots of money
The para or adaptive rig is $1 million, just for the parts specifically made for the different classes of para, which are five of them. (approved to international standards)
Engineering certifications for all the rigs and construction and testing of obstacles for safety and insurance purposes (estim approx) $250.000 (approved to international standards)
Staff and contractors, including logistics and Containers (lots of them) for every single event, for a 3 year period $500,000
$750,000 dollars for a 3 year lease (including all costs to fit out, body corp,rates and insurance) for an industrial unit to store, build and test all new obstacle to insure compliance with current safety standards.
This space will also be used to run daily administrative tasks, have ,meetings, conduct workshaps, and to train all staff, referees, course marshalls, volunteers and coaches.
Marketing material, marquees, flags, banners, website, all advertising and photography $250,000.
This is a total of five millions AUS dollars
This is a mere financial kick start to launch the Federation, we anticipate that it will be enough to allow AFOS to generate it’s own income, which will be sufficient to maintain ongoing cost.
We also pledge to use Australian products as much as we can to inject money back into our economy.
If we are able to purchase the equipment needed for the rig for World Championship, this means that we will be the second country to have it and we can bid to hold the next World Championship in AUSTRALIA.
Imagine having a World Championship right here, what can this mean for Australia? The money will flow right back into tourism and businesses, a much needed relief after the pandemic.
We are working with businesses and councils to put the money back in the local economy as much as we can. We are extremely fortunate here in Australia, post Covid-19, as mass participation sporting events are possible again because of the compliance of our wonderful community. A.F.O.S. is also working hand-in-hand with all the commercial businesses within our industry to help promote the sport but also to help them to get back on their feet.
The generosity of the contributors will be immortalized in a Bronze plaque to be forever displayed at the head office of A.F.O.S. as a testament of the power of the generousity of the Australian community spirit.
We thank you all in advance for your generous contribution and for sharing the GoFundMe campaign link.
We hope to see you involved in obstacle sports!
CREDITS to those involved in the making of this video:
Dan Andrikis President of A.F.O.S., Rob Paterson, Andrew Falconer, Emma Teede, Adam Chadburn, Natasha Price, Adam Sheppard, Richard Field, Brontey, Crank Indoor Climbing Centre, Australian Ninja Games community.
The video was put together by Luke Burles of Burles photography and Cassie Odierna.
- Nadine Hitie
- Alana Schuurs
- Mark Shep
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