U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The IPSC Continental Council met for the second time on September 12, 2018, on the occasion of the IPSC Far East Asia Handgun Championship, in Pattaya, Thailand. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the IPSC Regional development, ongoing forty-second General Assembly preparation, the evolution of the IPSC Competition Rules and MISSIA further development.
The session was opened with welcome speeches from the IPSC President, Mr. Vitaly Kryuchin, and from the Far East Asia Match Director, Mr. Voravith Chavananand.
Within the framework of the second meeting in 2018, each Representative member reported on the regional development results on their accountable IPSC Zones.
The meeting considered options of available sources of funding for IPSC global projects development such as MISSIA, as well as curatorial visits to new regions to help organize matches and seminars. Various proposals were made. In particular, meeting discussed and agreed use of the available funds in the reserve received from the donations of Patrons to support global guidelines of the IPSC development.
The Continental Council is an advisory committee consisting of representatives from all the IPSC Zones: Africa, Australasia, Europe and Pan-America. Its Representatives are experienced Regional Directors from strong and successful Regions within the IPSC Zones.
The Continental Council was created to monitor the development of, and support given to, IPSC Regions. It will analyse the current situation of each Region in order to suggest options for the efficient development of new ones and will encourage new Regions to join IPSC. The Continental Council can recommend new sponsors and partners for the development of IPSC, and will hold an official meeting 1-2 times a year in conjunction with Level IV and V matches.
The Second IPSC Continental Council meeting was attended by Regional Director for the Philippines Edwin B. Lim, Regional Director for Australia’s Delegate Steve Brown, Regional Director for South Africa Chrissie Wessels, Regional Director for Norway Kyrre Lee, Regional Director for the USA Mike Foley, Regional Director for the United Arab Emirates Salem Al Matroushi, Regional Director for Thailand Voravith Chavananand, Regional Director for Indonesia’s delegate Jose Antonio Reyes, and Members of the IPSC Executive Council and IPSC Administration: IPSC President Vitaly Kryuchin, IPSC General Secretary Friedrich Gepperth, IPSC Secretary Sasja Barentsen, IROA President Dino Evangelinos, IROA Vice-President Jose Carlos Bellino, IPSC Vice – President for the new Regions – Sponsorship Director Alain Joly.
The next meeting will take place in Serbia in September 2019 before the European Handgun Championship (EHC2019).
IPSC CONTINENTAL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES:
- AFRICAN ZONE: Regional Director for South Africa Chrissie Wessels, Regional Director for the United Arab Emirates Salem Al Matroushi
- AUSTRALASIAN ZONE: Regional Director for Indonesia Bambang Trihatmodjo, Regional Director for the Philippines Edwin B. Lim, Regional Director for Australia Gareth Graham, Regional Director for Thailand Voravith Chavananand
- EUROPEAN ZONE: Regional Director for Norway Kyrre Lee, Regional Director for Italy Silvia Bussi, Regional Director for the Czech Republic Roman Sedy
- PAN-AMERICAN ZONE: Regional Director for Jamaica Alastair Charles Stewart, Regional Director for the USA Mike Foley, Regional Director for Ecuador Dr Roberto Gilbert.
About the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC)
The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC)was founded in 1976 as a shooting sport and today recognizes all the main shooting disciplines – Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun, and Action Air. The Latin words Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas (DVC) meaning accuracy, power, and speed are IPSC’s motto and form the foundation for competition.
IPSC also emphasizes procedures for safe gun handling and strict adherence to the rules governing the sport. In IPSC courses of fire the results are calculated by dividing the competitor’s target score by the time taken to complete the course of fire. The shooter must be the most accurate and fastest to win.
Courses of fire utilize many aspects not found in the more traditional shooting disciplines such as movement by the shooter, moving targets, multiple targets, and the freedom for the shooter to solve the shooting challenges presented in the courses of fire. Therefore, competitions are very exciting for competitors and interesting for spectators.
105 countries (IPSC Regions) are members of the Confederation and actively organize IPSC Matches. The number of active IPSC competitors worldwide exceeded 200,000 in 2017 with 351 IPSC national and international sanctioned matches held.