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On Sunday, 3rd of October, International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA) participated in TAFISA World Walking Day for the first time.
We started the virtual relay in New Zealand, where June Stevenson passed the baton despite the lockdown.
Then we proceeded with Australia together with Hans Wrang, INWA Board member, in Sydney, and Maris Lakis & Angelika Lakis-Zimmermann from Inner Melbourne Nordic Walking. In Melbourne the participants explained that they are in their 6th lock down, so walking in a group of not more than 5 is allowed. One more organisation from Australia was Canberra Nordic Walkers; they made a very inspiring video – despite the lock down around 70 participants walked from north to south individually or in smaller groups. Melbourne Nordic Walking shared the video of a participant, who walks every day and this helps him to manage his Parkinson’s symptoms.
Another country that was represented with a large number of participants and several Nordic walking clubs in different cities and time zones was Russia. There were events on 2nd and 3rd of October in Novokuznetsk (instructor Tatyana Osokina,”Dvizenije”), Krasnoyarsk (Elena Shestak, KRNWA), Novosibirsk (trainer Olga Sherbakova), Yaroslavl (national trainer Elena Mazurova), Gelendzhik, instructors Yana and Dina Getmanovi, Sestroretsk, “Pro Dvizenie” club, Novocherkassk, SOYUZ-NovoKhod club (national trainer Olga Oleynik), Moscow, “108+” (instructor Oleg Asaulyak), Odintsovo (instructor Vladimir Feoktistov). Altogether there were several hundreds of participants all over Russia. Alexandr Mamontov, INWA National Trainer and Head of RNWA Development department, also had a training on World Walking Day.
Nordic walking trainer network in Latvia was also very active – more than 10 trainers had activities with their groups. The weather was very nice and majority of the activities took place on the seaside (Jurmala, Vecaki, Carnikava etc.).
Croatia had a Nordic walking event on the beautiful island of Hvar on 2nd of October.
South Derbyshire, UK and Tim Bidder recorded a nice video with passing the baton.
World Walking Day was also supported by the Georgian Nordic walking Federation, which is not yet INWA member, but wanted to be part of this international event.
That was a successful beginning, and hopefully next year we will have even more member countries as participants.
Other Videos and pictures:
Melbourne Nordic Walking shared the video of a participant, who walks every day and this helps him to manage his Parkinson’s symptoms – Melbourne Nordic Walking
Galina Gorbatenkova INWA Nordic Walking group in Vakarbulli
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