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.
Submission of new Elements:
New Moves may be submitted until 31 October
Gym Wheel New gym wheel moves and elements may be submitted for evaluation before 31 October 2015. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted. The new moves will be published at the beginning of 2016 and will be valid at the World Championships in Cincinnati 2016.
All gym wheel video submissions must be made by the national gym wheel representative. All new moves and elements must have been performed in competition. This must be confirmed by the national representative at the time of submission.
Cyr Wheel The IRV is currently expanding the Cyr wheel difficulty catalogue. Cyr wheel gymnasts may apply for the inclusion of new moves by submitting a video to the IRV before 31 October 2015. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted. The new difficulty catalogue for Cyr wheel will be published at the beginning of 2016 and will be valid for the World Championships in Cincinnati 2016.
Cyr wheel video submissions may be made by gymnasts or coaches and do not have to have been performed in competition. The decision whether or not to include a move in the IRV difficulty catalogue will be at the sole discretion of the IRV.
Changes in Code of Points:
Changes are available in german
05 October 2015
After the World Championships 2015 the IRV Judging Officer evaluated and analysed the development of the excercises. This results in Changes to the Code of Points, which will come into effect at the World Championships 2016 in Cincinnati.
The Future of International Wheel Gymnastics and Cyr Wheel Sports
20 September 2015
Letter of IRV President Henning Henningsen:
The IRV has grown up. The accumulated experience of many years of international wheel gymnastics is valuable to set the course for the future.
The IRV has to become more attractive in its events and structures for everybody - starting with athletes, judges, coaches and fans, and moving on to spectators, sports officials and TV broadcasters, who do not know wheel gymnastics yet. We want to summarize our visions, strategies and initiatives under the heading “Agenda 2020” and lead international Gym and Cyr Wheel Gymnastics, with the corresponding structures, into the future.
CSIT and IRV agree to continue cooperation
28 August 2015
IRV President Henning Henningsen and Vice President Ruedi Hug, responsible for International Relations, met CSIT President Harald Bauer in Vienna, Austria. The IRV hosted its world championships 2015 within the CSIT World Sports Games in Lignano. "The World Championship 2015 in Lignano was an excellent Event and has advantages for the CSIT and the IRV. I'm looking forward to a close cooperation between the CSIT and the IRV in the future", said IRV President Henning Henningsen. The CSIT will host its next World Sports Games in Riga (Latvia) in June 2017. A member of the IRV Board will attend the CSIT Congress in October 2016 as well.
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.