The IRV (International Wheel Gymnastics Federation) is the international representative body for the sport of wheel gymnastics.
The IRV organises the World Championships, Team World Cup, coaching courses, judging courses, training and youth camps. It is also responsible for the international Code of Points and certification of international judges and coaches. The IRV is based in Switzerland and has an executive board and technical commission comprising nine representatives from different countries who work on a voluntary basis to pave the way forward for the federation.
There are three competitive disciplines within regular wheel gymnastics: straight-line, spiral and vault. Another form of wheel gymnastics, the Cyr wheel, was added to the IRV’s competitive programme in 2013. The Cyr wheel (a wheel with only one rim and no handles), with its alternative and innovative moves, provides an added dimension to the fascination of wheel gymnastics.
The underlying purpose of all IRV activities is to support wheel gymnastics in its member countries as well as to promote the sport internationally.
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World Championships 2016: Cincinnati will host next championships
30 July 2015
The IRV General Assembly decided to give the next World Championship to Cincinnati, USA. It will take place end of june 2016.
UPDATE The World Championships will take place from 19th to 26th of June 2016 at Mount St. Joseph University. The IRV Board will discuss further details regarding the WC 2016 at their annual meeting in Hamburg (Germany) beginning of september.
New IRV President elected: Henning Henningsen will take over
14 June 2015
The IRV General Assembly has elected Henning Henningsen as new President of the IRV. He will take over the tasks from Paul Sieler, who announced his resignation for end of june 2015. Henning announced some changes and reforms to the structure of the IRV.
World Championships 2015: Successful event in Lignano
13 June 2015
After 5 competition days 19 gold medals has been given to the gymnasts.
IRV Report 2013/2014: Paul Sieler announces resignation
09 May 2015
For the first time the IRV publishes a report of activities of the last two years. Paul Sieler, President of the IRV, summarized the reports of the IRV board members and added information about future projects of the IRV. Furthermore he announces his resignation for mid of 2015.
Int. Training Weekend: Male Gymnasts prepared for WC
27 April 2015
At the last weekend of April, 16 wheel gymnasts from five different European countries met in Würzburg and Rimpar (Germany) for two days of training. Athletes from Austria, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland took part in this event, which was organized for the first time. Most of these gymnasts will also compete in the upcoming world championships in June in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy).
World Championships 2015: Cyr and German Wheel Shows wanted
06 April 2015
For the World Championships in Lignano, the IRV is looking for German Wheel and Cyr wheel shows. These will be performed at several occasions between Monday the 8th of June and Saturday the 13th of June in between the competitions.
We invite anyone who would like to present a show to send an e-mail to Linde Wester with a video or description of the show. The shows should be between 5 and 10 minutes long, and may be solo, duo, or group performances. We especially encourage participants of the World Championships to present a show. The organisation will make sure that participants will not be scheduled in advance of their competitions.
WC-Qualification in Germany: 28 Athletes in German Team
31 March 2015
Last weekend the german team was nominated. 28 Athletes from Germany will travel to Lignano. They will compete in junior and senior class, as well as Cyr Wheel man and women competition. A small report by Henning Henningsen
WC-Qualification in the USA: 25 athletes will travel to Lignano
18 March 2015
Last Weekend, the Qualification for the WC 2015 was held in Chicago, USA. 25 athletes qualified for team USA to compete at the 11th World Championship in Wheel Gymnastics and Cyr Wheel in Italy. The IRV is happy to welcome the US-Team in Lignano beginning of June. A small report by Wolfgang Bientzle.
WC-Qualification in Israel: Israeli Team is prepared for Lignano
4 March 2015
Last Saturday, February 28, 2015, the Israeli National Championship in Wheel Gymnastics and the last Qualification for the Israeli National Team took place at Timrat Sports Center. This competition was attended by many Israeli clubs: Hof Hacarmel, Timrat - Tivon and Hapoel Zichron Yaakov Club. A report by Ido Leviatov.
Training Weekend: IRV supports Training Weekend for Men
15 February 2015
An International Gym-Wheel-Weekend for Men will be held in Rimpar and Würzburg (Germany) at 25th and 26th of april 2015. All competition-orientated male wheel gymnasts from Europe are invited to take part, especially those athletes who prepare for international competitions. The IRV supports this course with a subsidy for travel expenses.
At the Cyr Wheel World Championships in Lignano 2015 all competitors will perform a technical programme and a free programme according to the IRV Cyr Wheel Code of Points 2015, which was released today. The IRV CYR Wheel Code of Points for 2015 is an IRV English adaptation of the current German (DTB) regulations, which in turn are based on the IRV Rules developed for the July 2013 World Championships in Chicago, USA. However the IRV is still in a start-up phase with regard to CYR Wheel as a competitive discipline and we anticipate continued development of the International Code of Points and Difficulty Catalogue in the future.
New Elements for the world championships 2015 are available. For the first time the IRV provides video sequeces of the new elements to optimize the training sessions. The new elements are valid from 1st of january 2015
The Danish Wheel Gymnastic Clubs become member of the IRV. We welcome our 10th member and are very pleased to earn the first fruits of the new membership structure, which offers the IRV members much more flexibility.
Membership Regulations: Members approve new structure
10 January 2015
We are pleased to be able to begin 2015 with good news. The E-Mail ballot regarding changes to the IRV Articles of Association was unanimously approved by all members of the IRV. This means that a three-level membership structure (gold, silver, bronze) will take immediate effect, with an additional entry level introductory membership.
20th Japan championships was held in Tsukuba on December 13 and 14th. In Tsukuba nearby the Japanese capital Tokyo took part about 90 gymnasts including 12 youths from the whole country. A report by Satoshi Motoya.
World Championships 2015: Volunteer Programme initiated
29 November 2014
2015 is a special year for wheel gymnastics. In 2014 the IRV became an associated member of the international sports federation, CSIT, and in 2015 the wheel gymnastics world championships will be organised for the first time in co-operation with the CSIT in Lignano, Italy. A Volunteer Programme has been set up for this event and we will keep you informed about opportunities to help, to achieve the goal of spreading our sport.
1st International Belgian Open: Successful competition in Eupen
24 November 2014
47 Wheel-Gymnasts from Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands met last Saturday in Eupen to the 1st International Belgian Open Wheel Gymnastics Championships. In this great competition some of Europe's best wheel gymnasts could compete against each other and present the numerous spectators wheel gymnastics at the highest level. A report by Achim Pitz.
IRV asks member countries to vote on new membership structure
24 November 2014
The IRV has spent the best part of a year deliberating with its member countries about a reform of the IRV membership structure.
The work is now complete and has been sent to the IRV member countries for approval. If the planned changes are accepted unanimously by all member countries, the new membership structure will be valid from 1 January 2015, in time for the World Championships in Lignano.
A change in rhythm from “odd” to “even” years from 2016
9 November 2014
After the 2015 World Championships in Lignano, Italy, it will not be long before the next set of world titles will be contested. After a proposal from the German Gymnastics Federation, the IRV has decided to change the rhythm of the World Championships from “odd” to “even” years. This means that the World Championships will be held in 2015, 2016, 2018 ….. and so on (every two years). The reason for the German proposal was a collision with the International German Gymnastics Festival that takes place every four years and will be next organised in Berlin in 2017. The Team World Cup will have a break in 2016 and will be held again in 2017.
New general Secretary:
Silvia Wägli (CH) new secretary of the IRV
7 November 2014
It is big pleasure to introduce you to our new general Secretary: Silvia Wägli. Silvia is Secretary of SATUS Switzerland and in this function she will handle all IRV issues as well. We are very happy to welcome Silvia in our team.
Int. Austrian Championships:
Successful Competition in Salzburg
25 October 2014
58 RhönradturnerInnen aus Österreich, Deutschland, der Schweiz, den Niederlanden, Norwegen, Japan, Israel und Belgien trafen sich am vergangenen Samstag in Salzburg zu den 3. Internationalen Österreichischen Meisterschaften. Bei diesem besonderen Event konnten die Zuschauer Rhönradsport auf Spitzenniveau bewundern.
World Championships 2015
can take place in Lignano, Italy
19 October 2014
We are very pleased to confirm the hosting of the World Championships 2015 in Lignano (Italy) from 7th to 14th of june 2015. A small IRV delegation met the CSIT representatives at one of their annual meetings in Lignano. They discussed the cooperation at CSIT world sports games 2015 and inspected possible WC venue in Italy. Ruedi Hug, IRV Vicepresident, commented on the agreement: "The CSIT cooperation is the next chapter of the international distribution of wheel gymnastics. I'm sure, the WC 2015 in Lignano will be successful for athletes, trainers and the IRV as well."
Tips for Training (7):
Repetition of Moves & Lack of Variation
05 July 2014
The Code of Points for Straight-line and Spiral includes precise regulations regarding the definition of move/element repetition and structure groups. As a result of frequent questions received from coaches and judges, we have decided to publish a summary of these regulations and their implications for the judging of voluntary routines.
The japanese team won the 7th World Team Cup 2014 in Berlin. With a total score of 21 points the japanese gymnast Yasuhiko Takahashi led his team to the gold medal with the last routine of the competition. The 2nd place went to the teams from Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands with a total score of 18 points.