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MASTERS INLINE HOCKY WORLD ASSOCIATION

Masters Inline Hockey World Association

MASTERS INLINE HOCKEY WORLD ASSOCIATION

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the 2024 MIHWA World Cup! Welcome to Spain, to the Aragon Region, to the beautiful City of Jaca. It will be a very special 2024 edition, with many new features and surprises and a mix of elements between past and present, all in order to guarantee a unique and unforgettable event. In the last year our Association has grown with the arrival of Christian Mader and Micheal Enright,  who came to support the existing members of the MIHWA executive, composed of Pete Wirt and Duane Voss, making this a truly international organisation, with representation from every corner of the globe.  The work of our team has been exemplary, and as a result today I can assure you that MIHWA and our event have come of age, to produce a truly unique and special World Cup.

Thank you Jaca, thanks to your city, your administration and the many institutions for hosting us and helping us for this fantastic edition. My esteemed thoughts go to admire and appreciate the great volunteer work done with passion and without complaint or expectation by the members of the MIHWA, to all the volunteers, players, national organisation staff, referees and all those people who work behind the scenes and who allow us to achieve our beloved dream:
THE 2024 WORLD CUP! THANK YOU!

I thank our technical and logistical partners, always available and present. I thank World Skate and PGKA for the wonderful collaboration. As President of MIHWA, I would like to thank you for the trust and affection that you have always shown and given to me over these years.  In this special year, we have created a special welcome for all participants, the MIHWA Hall of Fame, where I wanted share our memories and history since the begining of the movement in 2010, right up to the present.  Thanks to Fabiola and all the Media team for their help in realizing this project.

I always have many dreams in my head, I always have many desires, which give me reason to live, but we all have one thing in common: being able to see hockey, sport, friendship, brotherhood triumph in the XIII Masters VI Veterans III Legends WORLD CUP

I wish you all the best on your journey to Espana, I await to warmly greet you in Jaca!!!!!

Dr. David Ninzatti
President, Masters Inline Hockey World Association

WORLD SKATE INLINE HOCKEY TECHNICAL COMMISSION

CHAIRMAN
Andrea FONZARI
Italy
inlinehockey@worldskate.org

Member
David HAMMOND
Canada
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Member
Boris Darlet
France

Member
Eddy ROJAS
Mexico

Member
Ramin ATIGHECHI
Iran

MASTERS INLINE HOCKEY WORLD ASSOCIATION

President
David NINZATTI
Italy
david.ninzatti@hotmail.it

Vice President
Peter WIRT
Canada
pete.wirt@gmail.com

Vice President
Duane VOSS
Australia

Director
Christian MADER
Germany

Director
Michael ENRIGHT
USA

Honorary President
of Veterans WC

Gilbert PORTIER
France
gilbert.portier@icloud.it

Honorary President
of Masters WC

Alberto LASTRUCCI
France

Honorary Vice President
Martin Mecera
Czechia

Honorary Vice President
Alain BLANCHET
France
ab.sacos58@gmail.com

THE STORY OF MIHWA

The history of MIHWA begins on the morning of 13 June 2017 in Bolzano (Italy) in the offices of the Palaonda Stadium, during the VIII Masters World Cup. Alberto Lastrucci, FIRS General Secretary and Alain Blanchet, President of SACOS and creator of this World Cup in 2008, requested I join them for a special meeting, and intrigued, I obviously accepted. We locked ourselves in the office and they then proceeded to ask me to take over the Masters and Veterans movement, probably after seeing the success of the 2016 edition. Their idea was to create an international association under the auspices of World Skate, in order to sanction an ongoing Masters and Veterans Inline World Cup.

I graciously accepted this challenge with enthusiasm and with the usual passion that I bring to this game. On September 9th, 2017 during the traditional European Veterans Amateur Tournament in Legnaro (Padua-Italy) we organized a meeting with the national teams in attendance, and wrote the foundations for the establishment of the new non-profit association and the choice of the name: Masters Inline Hockey World Association (MIHWA). Many people were present at the meeting, representing players, managers, sponsors and referees, in particular I remember: Tomas Ulrich, Martin Mecera, Alain Blanchet, Susie Cleghorn, Antony Parkin, Stepan Ptacek, Fabiano Favero, Mattia Amadei.

At the time of foundation in 2017, the MIHWA organizing comittee consisted of:

David Ninzatti – President (I);
Alain Blanchet – Vice President (F);
Martin Mecera – Vice President (CZ);
Isabella Ermacora – Secretary General

In June 2019 in Asiago (Vicenza-Italy) it was decided to enlarge the composition of the organizing committee with:

Pete Wirt (UK/CDN)
Duane Voss (AUS)

In June 2022 at our return to competition after the pandemic, we expanded one extra committee member to include Shaun McGrath (USA) for one season, and following collaboration with key members and stakeholders, further reformed the structure of MIHWA to fall inline with other major World sporting bodies.  This included adding two new members to the executive committee:

Christian Mader (GER)

Michael Enright (USA)

The aim of the association and its organizing committee is to deliver and develop the M&V World Cup. With a commitment to optimize the resources available and offering the best possible service to everyone involved. We are working to achieve an excellent quality standard far beyond what is normally possible in such a voluntary organization. With an emphasis on the fact that nearly everything is done on a voluntary basis by the members of the association and investing their extra free and family time. Every piece of this puzzle is important and it is to everyone’s credit if this event always has great success.

The number of participating national teams since 2015 has always been increasing, proving that our product is a great attraction. The most beautiful thing that has happened to me in the last two years, is to be asked by so many people: “Do you need a hand? I can help?”. This gesture from so many involved, players, staff, local volunteers, friends and family, to help is the right sporting spirit of collaboration that must be our strength, MIHWA continues to send its warmest gratitude to volunteering and a passion for hockey.

Thank you all.

Dr. David M. Ninzatti
MIHWA President

WORLD CUP HISTORY

Traditionally, every year our S.A.C.O.S association of inline hockey in France, which brings together French players aged 40 and over, holds an exhibition to raise the curtain on the French Inline Cup Final.

It’s an opportunity for our association to see and review all of the players in our sport once a year.

In 2007 Gilbert Portier, then Chairman of world roller hockey, had a long conversation with myself, where I asked him to think about creating a competition bringing together players aged 40 and over at the world level, which we could call MASTERS, complete with a World Championship and official recognition under FIRS. He found the idea interesting and that he would think about it. Knowing Gilbert very well, as I do, I suspected he would make the effort to explore the notion, but also I was aware that is would take some time to build.

In the spring of 2009, Gilbert and I met to discuss our World Competition. He told me that it was necessary to change the age in order to conform with the international standards in place (38 years plus), and if we changed the name of the competition to Masters World cup, it would allow us to operate autonomously within the FIRS structure. Without a pre-existing regulation for a World Cup, which remains our position to this day. Gilbert had also contacted our English friends who began with the prominent entrepreneur and prolific ice and inline hockey player PY Gerbeau. We proposed a trial edition « zero » in summer 2009. Gilbert Portier was present at this successful zero edition Caen, in the North of France.

At the culmination of this weekend in Caen, Gilbert Portier, PY Gerbeau, Alberto Lastrucci and I met and agreed together that the WORLD CUP MASTERS had been born, and should not stop.

Py Gerbeau proposed that the first official edition of the World Cup Masters be organized in Bisley, near London in 2010, Gilbert Portier was to validate it officially, and worked together to involve our Czech and Italian friends.

During the first years of this World Cup, Gilbert Portier, Alberto Lastrucci and P.Y Gerbeau worked tirelessly to maintain it and support its growth. I wish to extend my thanks to you gentlemen. Without you, this competition would probably not have lasted.

Eventually, Alberto Lastrucci replaced Gilbert Portier as Chairman of In Line Mondial. In this new role, Alberto remained a reliable support for this movement.

In 2015 Alberto Lastrucci asked David Ninzatti and myself (under the control of the F.I.R.S) to take over the complete organization of the World Cup, as he turned his focus to other concerns and was ready to move on.

This is where, with some pressure and motivation to carry on, we created, under the leadership of David Ninzatti, the Masters In Line Hockey World Association. Martin Mecera, our Czech friend joining us to finalize the launch of this association.

I would like to personally thank here the effort and the work, the commitment and the will of David Ninzatti, the President of MIHWA, to keep growing this World Cup, without him we would not be there, it is certain.

We could never have expected to arrive some 10 years later, in 2021 BAD TÖLZ, with a compliment of 14 nations at MASTERS and 10 at VETERANS level, thank you to those who work for this competition to continue.

We push back the passing years together.

Alain Blanchet
MIHWA Vice President

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