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Executive Board

Sabatino Aracu
President of World Skate

Sabatino Aracu

Maison du Sport International Av. De Rhodanie, 54 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland + 41 21 60 11 877
Biography

Born in L'Aquila on 18-08-1953 - Sports manager -Telecommunications Entrepreneur, Journalist (industrial public relations) - Member of the Italian Parliament XIII, XIV, XV and XVI Legislature.
His sporting commitment at an international level has allowed brilliant awards for roller sports that have been included among the demonstration disciplines at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics and among the official ones at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics 2018, reaching the Olympic recognition with Skateboarding, introduced at the Tokyo 2020 Games and confirmed in Paris 2024.
His constant political and social commitment to defend the values ​​of sport in life led him to found a center for the recovery of drug addicts through sport.

SPORT ACTIVITY
Four times European Champion of Speed Skating

           • Head of the Italian Skating School 1982
           • President of the European Roller Skating Confederation 1991-2005
           • President of the Italian Roller Sports Federation (formerly FIHP) since 1993
           • Member of the CONI National Council since 1993
           • President of World Skate (formerly Fèdèration Internationale de Roller Sports) since 2005
           • President of the Promoting Committee of the XVI Mediterranean Games Pescara 2009
           • President of the Organizing Committee of the XVI Mediterranean Games Pescara 2009
           • Chairman of the SportAccord Urban Games Commission since 2015
           • Member of the CONI National Board since 2017

AWARDS AND TITLES
          • Official Knight of the Italian Republic
          • Gold star for Sporting Merit
          • Gold Medal for Athletic Value
          • Honorary citizen of Nanjing (China)

Fernando Elias Claro
First Vice President of World SkatePresident of World Skate EuropaVice President of World Skate

Fernando Elias Claro

Rua Antonio Pinto Machado. 60 3A Sala 5 4100-068 Porto, Portugal + 351 226 099 807
Biography

Positions

1979-1983     - President of Oporto Skating Association Technical Committee
1983-1986     - Member of the Board of Oporto Skating Association
1986-1988     - Secretary-General of the Board of Oporto Skating Association
1988-1994     - President of the Board of Oporto Skating Association
1989/1994     - Member of the Superior Board of the Portuguese Federation
1994-2003     - 1st Vice-President of the Board of the Portuguese Federation
1999-2001     - Member of the National Council Against Violence in Sport
2003-2018     - President of the Board of the Portuguese Federation
2006-today    - President of World Skate Europe
2018-today    - 1st  World Skate Vice President
2018-today    - President of the General-Assembly of the Portuguese Federation

Distinctions and Awards

2006            - Personality of the Year from the Portuguese Sport Confederation
2017            - Medal of Honor from the Oporto Skating Association
2017            - Personality of the Year from the Portuguese Sport Confederation
2018            - Honorary Member of the Portuguese Federation

Alberto Herrera Ayala
President of World Skate AmericaVice President of World Skate

Alberto Herrera Ayala

Carrera74 # 25 f-­‐10 Barrio Modelia Santafe de Bogota, Colombia + 57 63 96 500 + 57 315 290 0263 + 57 318 717 2249
Biography

Public Accountant, specialist in external auditing and tax auditing. Sports leader of skating since 1991 and President of the Colombian Skating Federation since 2008.He is currently the President of the World Skate America, Vice President of the World Skate, Vice President of the South American Skating Confederation and member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Pan American Sports Confederations, Acodepa.

Guoyong Liu
President of World Skate AsiaVice President of World Skate

Guoyong Liu

2. Tiyuguan Road. Dongcheng District 100763 Beijing, People's Republic of China + 86 108 718 2498 + 86 135 110 693 601
Karen Doyle
Commissioner of World Skate OceaniaVice President of World Skate

Karen Doyle

Brisbane, Australia
Biography

Karen Doyle the current Skate Australia President, was appointed World Skate Oceania President in January 2019.  With a background in Office Management, Karen's skills have served her well as a volunteer sports administrator with Skate Australia, having served on various committees, in the discipline of speed skating, over the past 40 years. Karen, initially a speed competitor, became an International Speed Judge in 1981, having officiated at numerous World Championships.  Since March 2015, Karen Doyle has been active in all aspects of Skate Australia Inc. operations for all disciplines as a Skate Australia Board Member.

Nathanael Koty
President of World Skate AfricaVice President of World Skate

Nathanael Koty

08 BP 205 Tri Postal Aéroport Khotonou , Benin + 229 9727 27 50
Nicola Genchi
Chairman of World Skate Artistic Technical Commission

Nicola Genchi

Via Tina Modotti, 77 00142 Rome, Italy + 39 06 442 384 90 + 39 328 537 2930 + 39 335 635 2882
Biography
  • Artistic Skater in Free, Figures and Pairs from 1980 to 1989.
  • Regional Champion and participation in three National Championships.
  • National Judge from 1989 to 1998 (all level competition).
  • Senior and Junior National Championships judge from 1993.)
  • International judge from 1998 (3 Europeans Championships and 2 World Championships).
  • Member of the Artistic Skating Technical Commission (before CIPA) from 2005.
  • Chairman of the World Skate Artistic Skating Technical Commission from 2017.
Weifeng Gu
Chairman of World Skate Technical Commission

Weifeng Gu

27E, No.238, Nandan East Rd, Xuhui district Shanghai, People's Republic of China (+86)13701987229
Biography

December 2013 to today:    Chairman of Signpost(Shanghai) Cultural Communication Co., Ltd.
February 2013 to today:      Director of Industry Committee of China Roller Skating Association.
July 2019 to today:              President of Shanghai Roller Skating Association.
September 2018 to today:  Central Committee Member of Asian Roller Skating Federation(Freestyle Roller Skating)
April 2019 to today:            Executive Member of the National Roller Skating Federation
Chairman of the of Inline Freestyle Technical Commission.

Olivier Pascal
Chairman of World Skate Roller Freestyle Technical Commission

Olivier Pascal

3 Rue Christian André-Benoit 34670 Bailargues, France +33 6 133 010 64
Biography

Born on 25 July 1979 and wheels lover since 1985. Skateboarding as well as Roller Freestyle are his hobbies since that year and never left him.
Olivier keep on developing the Freestyle Wheels sports through his Director position at FISE and he is currently Chairman of the Roller Freestyle Technical Commission.

Andrea Fonzari
Chairman of World Skate Inline Hockey Technical Commission

Andrea Fonzari

Località Sistiana 6H 34011 Duino Aurisina (Trieste), Italy +39 3406867651
Biography

Andrea Fonzari, born and raised in Trieste, Italy, is the newly appointed Inline Hockey Technical Commission Chairman. 
Fonzari was the World Skate Inline Hockey Referees in Chief where he directed the activity of all International Officials. 
Currently, the National Head of Referees for the Italian Federation, his experience as an Inline hockey referee spans over 19 years.

Carmelo Paniagua
Chairman of World Skate Rink Hockey Technical Commission

Carmelo Paniagua

c/o Fed. Navarra Patinaje Paulino Caballero. 13 31002 Pamplona, Spain +34 948 427 847 +34 628 160 758
Biography
  • Roller hockey player in San Antonio de Pamplona.
  • Roller hockey coach for 22 years.
  • President of the Skating Federation of Navarra from 1996 to 2005.
  • Member of the International Speed ​​Skating Committee from 1997 to 2008.
  • Vice President of the Spanish Skating Federation and responsible for Speed ​​Skating from 1999 to 2005.
  • From 2005 to today: President of the Royal Spanish Skating Federation.
  • September 2005: elected member of the Executive of the Spanish Olympic Committee.
  • September 2008 Vice President of the International Speed ​​Skating Committee.
  • 2010 Vice President of the Spanish Olympic Committee.
  • 2015: appointed by FIRS as Protocol Director.
  • Chair of the Committee on Nutrition and Healthy Habits of Spanish Sport of the Spanish
    Olympic Committee.
  • President of the Organizing Committee of the World Roller Games - Barcellona 2019.
  • Chairman of the World Rink Hockey Technical Commission since 2016.

Distinctions and Awards:

  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit.
  • Gold Medal of General Sports Mutuality.
  • Awarded by the Good Cholesterol Association of Aviles as best Spanish sports leader.
  • Best Sports Leader by the Government of Navarra.
  • Awarded with the Olympic Order.
Siegfried Zistler
Chairman of World Skate Roller Alpine And Downhill Technical Commission

Siegfried Zistler

Chamer Höšhe 14 93455 Traitsching, Germany +49 160 923 21 175
Biography
  • Nickname: Sigi
  • born 21st of March 1959 in Cham/GER.
  • Head of vocational school in Cham.
  • Inline Alpine athlete since 1997.
  • Former trainer of Bavarian Inline Alpine team.
  • Since 2003 international coordinator of Inline Alpine.
  • Head of organisation committee Euro Champs 2007 and World Champs 2012 in Cham/GER
  • Since 2015 Chairman FIRS/Worldskate Inline Alpine Technical Commission.
Fernando Regueiro
Chairman of World Skate Roller Derby Technical Commission

Fernando Regueiro

3411 North Kolmar Avenue 60641 Chicago, USA +1 773 791 0452
Biography

Mr. Regueiro has been involved in the sport of Roller Derby for almost thirteen years. Working directly with athletes, officials and clubs, he has performed many leadership roles as part of his commitment to constantly improve, innovate, and grow the sport. 
At the national level, he has served the United States Federation as part of the Sport Committee since its inception. While there, he was Chair of the Committee for two years and was integral in the development of their Roller Derby program, their progressive set of rules, and the organization of every one of their National Championships. He is currently a member of the USARS Board of Directors and, until recently, the General Manager of the Chicago Red Hots, a club at the forefront of the movement to integrate widely-accepted sports organizational structures into roller derby. 
Mr. Regueiro has been the Chair of the World Skate International Roller Derby Commission since its inception in 2016 and has served as part of the World Skate Executive Board throughout the 2017-2021 term.

Gary Ream
Chairman of World Skate Skateboarding Commission

Gary Ream

Biography

Ream graduated in 1976 from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A native of central-Pennsylvania, Ream resides in Singer Island Florida.
Gary Ream started with Camp Woodward in 1977 in Woodward, Pennsylvania when camp was only seven years old and offered a world-class gymnastics program. Five years later, Ream started the action sports programs creating “The Woodward Experience” model that has been incorporated into all of Woodward’s business structure, operations and all of Woodward’s expansion and growth. 
Forty-five years later, Camp Woodward has become the leader in lifestyle and action sports progression. Camp offers the “ultimate experience” for aspiring youth and professional athletes in addition to the most innovative facilities in the world.
Ream has played an integral role in advancing the popularity of Skateboarding and BMX Freestyle and has been a key player in the formation of USA Skateboarding. He currently holds a leadership position in USA Skateboarding and he is Chairman of the World Skate Skateboarding Commission.

Jorge Ivan Roldan Perez
Chairman of World Skate Speed Technical Commission

Jorge Ivan Roldan Perez

CRA 7 32-16 Piso 8 Ofc 805 Torre sur Antiguo Hotel Hilton Bogotà D.C., COLOMBIA +57 1 285 0205 +57 318 717 2250
Biography

Degree in physical education. He started in the sports leadership in 1996 and joined the Colombian Skating Federation in 2005 as Sports Director and since 2008 he is a member of its Executive Committee.
He is currently Vice President and Sports Director of the Colombian Skating Federation and General Secretary of the World Skate America and since 2014 he is Chairman of the Inline Speed Skating Technical ​​Commission of the World Skate.

Leticia Bufoni
Athletes Representative of World Skate

Leticia Bufoni

USA
Biography

From Sao Paulo, Brazil, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, she is a professional street skateboarder.
She is a five time X Games Gold Medalist and SLS Super Crown winner

Roberto Marotta
Secretary General of World Skate

Roberto Marotta

Maison du Sport International Av. De Rhodanie, 54 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland
Biography

Born in L’Aquila (Italy) on March 6, 1948, Chartered accountant. Former President of the Cassa di Risparmio of L’Aquila Foundation. Former President of the L'Aquila Academy of Fine Arts. Former Board Member of the BPER Banking Group.

  • Speed roller skating athlete and member of the Italian national team from 1966 to 1980.
  • 7 times world record holder. 5 times European Champion. 15 times Italian Champion over various distances.
  • Secretary of the International Speed Committee from 1981 to 1999.
  • Chairman of the International Speed Committee from 1999 to 2014.
  • FIRS Secretary General, now World Skate, since 2000 and still in office today.
Patricia Wallace
Chairman of World Skate Sports Medicine Commission

Patricia Wallace

10 Cygnet Crescent - PO Box 403 WA 6290 Augusta, Australia + 61 418 920 466
Biography

Born 1st December 1948 in Edin burgh, Scotland, graduated Bachelor of Science, Bachelor Medicine and Surgery from Edinburgh University in 1973.
Emigrated to Western Australia 1974, she has lived there since practicing as a family physician with her husband Peter. Completed Advanced Certificate in Sports Medicine in 198she has continued to practice sports medicine to the present day as part of family practice.
She has training in corporate governance and has been a member of boards of medical and sporting organisations.She has been continually involved in the World Skate anti-doping programme since prior to the formation of WADA in 1999 and WADA Code, International Standards and the World Skate anti-doping programme remain her principle areas of interest and expertise.
World Skate Sports Medicine Commission has now started to address the future need to expand its membership to include young, energetic doctors and other sports medicine professionals with an interest in the development programs to enhance injury prevention and to protect athlete health which is a top priority for World Skate.