20 years of WSA
Once upon a time
It was in early 1995 when Jürgen Falkenberg, at that time President auf the German AGSD organization, and I drove home from an unpleasant meeting at the FISTC General Assembly in Salzburg.
We discussed back and forth what could be done to keep the sled dog sport growing in the future. It was about here in Scharnitz, maybe 500 meters up or down the valley, when I said to Jürgen the well-known words of the great American Martin Luther King:
I H A V E A D R E A M
I told Jürgen that I had the idea to set up a new global sled dog organization.
I already had a name:
WORLD SLEDDOG ASSOCIATION - WSA
Jürgen responded that this would be very difficult, that it would require a lot of time and hard work and that more than likely it couldn’t be achieved.
My answer to that was:
YES WE CAN
Now we know were the American President Barack Obama got his famous words from.
By the time I got home that evening, the WSA was completely established in my head. The following days and weeks I set up and registered the WSA, wrote the statutes and the first set of race rules. I contacted potential members and assembled the first board.
Now 20 years later we are back in Scharnitz to celebrate the WSA’s 20th anniversary. The WSA is still alive and bigger and better than ever before and today we are able to welcome our latest members from Norway and Estonia.
But keep in mind that the WSA is not the Board with its Chairman Arno Steichler or myself in the past, the WSA is you, the members and mushers. You have to keep the WSA going for the years to come.
I would like to thank you all for everything you’ve made possible in the past 20 years.
Thank you, Danke, Merci, Gracie, Gracias, Dziękujemy
Good mushing WSA