On the occasion of the 2018 Conference of the FIM Commissions, the thirteen FIM Commissions representing almost 300 members of the FIM Family met in Geneva this weekend.
This event provides an opportunity for the Commissions to meet and interact with their counterparts and with the FIM Board of Directors and the FIM Administration. Cross-cutting aspects of the FIM’s core activities are addressed in the Plenary which also showcases the Commissions’ activities.
This year’s event marked the start of the final year of the term of office of the current Commission Directors and members and provided an opportunity not only to recognise those volunteers who have served the FIM for many years but also to express appreciation of the achievements of all the volunteers from different parts of the world who make up the FIM’s Sporting and Beyond Sport Commissions and without whom the FIM could not deliver on its mission and mandate.
At the Plenary Session of the Conference on Saturday morning, the Director of each Commission shared the highlights and key achievements of his or her Commission over the past three years. These ranged from the outstanding success of sporting events such as the FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship (CCP) and the International Six Days’ Enduro (CEN), to the pioneering Racing Homologation Programme set up by the Technical Commission (CTI) or the new FIM touring events such as Adventure Touring and the World Touring Challenge (CTL).
The FIM CEO presented the 2018 FIM Objectives, which highlighted the need for all Commissions to “execute well and develop smartly” in the FIM’s various core business areas as defined in the Strategic Plan. In terms of Sport, the crosscutting objectives for 2018 focus on the six main sporting processes, namely regulating, educating, organising, sanctioning, rewarding and reporting/recording.
For the FIM Programmes, the main focuses for 2018 are the FIM Academy, new communication platforms (public affairs and internal communication) and developing other projects that will benefit the FIM Family as a whole. An update on the latest developments of the FIM Academy was presented with a focus on new online content soon to be made available.
The procedure for renewing the Commissions for the 2019-2022 term was outlined and the application and appointment processes and timing explained.
Long and loyal service awards were presented to the following members:
10 years’ service
Ms Nabiha Nouar (CFM) – FRMM – Morocco; Mr Ramón Carreira (CAP) – FMV - (Venezuela); Mr Bill Cumbow (CCR) – AMA – United States of America; Mr Christopher Hodder (CAP) – ACU – Great Britain; Mr Ingo Partsch (CMS) – AMF – Austria; Mr Josep Punti (CTR) – FMA – Andorra; Mr Graham Read (CID) – CMA – Canada; Mr Andrew Summers (CTI) – ACU – Great Britain; Mr Jean-François Wulveryck (CRT) – FFM – France.
15 years’ service
Ms Hong Guo Gong (CMS) – CAMF – People’s Republic of China; Mr Yves Pradeau (CID) – FFM – France; Mr Andres Somolinos (CCR) – RFME – Spain; Dr Karl-Friedrich Ziegahn (CID) – DMSB – Germany.
20 years’ service
Mr Geraldo Dias Coelho Filho (CTR) – CBM – Brasil; Mr Peter Gregory (CID) – ACU – Great Britain ; Mr Jean-Guillaume Meiller (CEN) – FFM – France ; Mr Johan-Peter Ribbink (CMS) – KNMV – Netherlands; Mr František Schulmann (CJI) – ACU – Great Britain.
25 years’ service
Mr Christian Bouin (CCP) – FFM – France.
30 years’ service
Mr Jean-Marc Desnues (CCR) – FFM – France.
35 years’ service
Mr Fabio Fazi (CTI) – FMI – Italy; Mr Guy Melon (CMI) – FMB – Belgium; Mr Giancarlo Pasini (CJI) - FMI – Italy.
45 years’ service
Mr Oriol Puig Bulto (CTI) – RFME - Spain
Watch the video Long and loyal service awards 2018 HERE
The various FIM Commissions then met on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. For most of the Sporting Commissions, the main focus was the upcoming season while for the beyond-sport Commissions, the main challenge for this year will be to work on the 2018 projects and priorities as presented.
A cocktail and get-together party was held at the House of Motorcycling on the evening of Saturday 10 February to thank the current Commission Directors and Members arriving at the end of this four-year cycle for their hard work and dedicated service to motorcycling and to the FIM.
Enjoy the FIM Swiss get-together video HERE!
Following this annual gathering, FIM Chief Executive Officer Steve Aeschlimann expressed his satisfaction: “The Conference of the FIM Commissions is a key opportunity to meet with all the members of the FIM Commissions. The FIM depends on the Commissions and their expertise to deliver its events and its programmes and it is important that we meet their members and Directors as the year’s activities gear up. This event is also about thanking and rewarding the volunteers for their dedication and service to the FIM, especially as we reach the end of a very challenging and fruitful four year period.”