The Welsh Petanque Association Annual General Meeting was held in Caerleon on Wednesday 22nd March and the eligibility to play for Wales in the future, was discussed as Any Other Business.
The Agenda confirmed that no vote would be taken on the matter, but the AOB item introduced the topic as a first opportunity for discussion amongst the membership. It’s well known that the World Governing Body (FIPJP) are hoping that Petanque is introduced into the Olympics as a demonstration sport in the 2024 Games, should Paris be awarded the XXXIII Olympiad. A successful bid for inclusion in any future Olympics, would mean that our sport’s Governing Body would have to align its eligibility rules with those of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The AGM commenced with the President’s report as Dan Murphy praised the performances over the last twelve months. “A fantastic Celtic Challenge was held in Wales and a range of events have gone off well,” Murphy exclaimed.
“The Hayling Island Inter-Regionals were particularly good and the sheer number of trophies and cups at our recent Presentation night in Wenvoe shows the vast activity of WPA competitions now available for members.”
The President thanked all those who had participated and supported events over the last season with particular praise to the volunteers involved in the sport and singled out Graeme Attfield and Bob Pugh for their service to the WPA Executive.
The President then looked forward to the new season, which is already underway, with a number of International tournaments to savour. In the coming weeks, the first World Championships of mixed doubles, doubles and singles will be played in Ghent with subsequent events in France (Men’s Euro) and potentially China (Women’s Worlds).
In addition to those, the Celtic Championships (Edinburgh), Home Nations (Hayling Island), Inter-Regionals, the Euro Clubs Cup for Caerleon and the start of the League and club events are all other events for players to set their sights on.
To conclude, a plea for clubs to increase their membership was forthcoming, to meet the common objective of more members within the WPA.
Tony Smith, the Treasurer, presented the annual accounts, which were accepted and a request was made for an auditor for the next financial year.
The positions of President, Treasurer and Director of Public Relations were all confirmed as Dan Murphy, Tony Smith and Andrew Howard were appointed unopposed.
The discussion on eligibility then ensued, before Director of Development Jean-Yves Robic discussed forthcoming competitions and reminded Members that all events were listed on the WPA calendar on the website. He added that there were just two weeks to register for the Qualifying Series, with the 1st event being the Shooting competition on Sunday 9th April.