International Rogaining Federation

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International Rogaining Federation
International Rogaining Federation logo.png
FormationJune 16, 1989; 33 years ago (1989-06-16)
TypeFederation of national sports associations
Region served
23 countries are represented
Matt Bixley (NZL)
Vice President
Julie Quinn (AUS)
Rod Phillips (AUS)
Technical Manager
Sergey Yashchenko (RUS)
Main organ
IRF Council

International Rogaining Federation (IRF) is the peak international body for the sport of rogaining. The aims of the IRF are to promote rogaining worldwide, maintain the culture and the rules of the sport.[1]

The IRF has adopted the Rules of Rogaining, which set the basic rules of the sport, govern the conduct of competitors and set minimum technical standards for championship rogaines.[2]

The IRF sanctions World Rogaining Championships, which are held annually as from 2012 (previously have been held once in two years). The IRF issues Geoduck awards to rogaining administrators and event organisers for long-term contributions to international rogaining.


According to the IRF Constitution, membership is restricted to national associations, which are representative of rogainers and take responsibility for the development of rogaining in a country.

International Rogaining Federation membership:

As of June 2017 there were ten member associations of the IRF:

  • New Zealand New Zealand Rogaining Association (NZRA)
  • Czech Republic Czech Association of Rogaining and Mountain Orienteering (CAR)
  • Australia Australian Rogaining Association (ARA)
  • Estonia Estonian Orienteering Federation (EOF)
  • United States Orienteering USA (OUSA)
  • Ukraine Ukrainian Orienteering Federation (UOF)
  • Latvia Latvian Orienteering Federation (LOF)
  • Russia Russian Rogaining Federation (RRF)
  • Spain IbeRogaine (Spain)
  • Finland Rogaining Finland (RF)

Several countries hold an observer status with the IRF, being represented by individuals on behalf of rogaining communities of these countries.

Governance structure[edit]

The IRF is governed by a Council consisting of Councillors representing member associations (two representatives nominated by each member association) and members of the Executive.

Day-to-day management of the IRF is vested in the Executive, which has seven positions: the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Promotion and Development Manager, the World Championships Manager and the Technical Manager.

As from 1 February 2013, the IRF President is Richard Robinson (Australia).

The IRF is registered and based in Melbourne, Australia.


  1. ^ "IRF Constitution" (PDF). January 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "IRF Rules of Rogaining".

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