Please read our formal 2021 AGM notice.

The following documents should be reviewed when casting your votes for resolutions that will tabled at the 2021 AGM.

Minutes

  • 2020 AGM Minutes
    • It is important that we verify that our minutes from the 2020 AGM are reflective of what happened. If you have any corrections please contact us.

Financial Reports

  • 2019/2020 Financial Report
  • 2020/2021 Financial Report
    • The first accounts for UKOSF are for the period ending 31 May 2020 and show the initial income of £134 and a small operating profit of £66 after tax that will be reinvested into the sport when needed.
    • Note there was a deferred income of £1,189. This is due to income such as membership being recognised as sales over the course of the membership year. Please also note that for a large part of 2020 keyworkers and those impacted by the pandemic were able to sign-up free of charge.
    • The more recent accounts for the year ended 31 May 2021 show an increased turnover of £8,306. £3,070 of this income is in relation to the sale of wreck bags purchased and sold to members at no profit.
    • The balance of the monies is in relation to your membership fees, income from training courses for our registered coaches, and the entry fees for the UKOSF Northern and Southern Time Trial Finals.
    • Again there is deferred income of £2,669 relating to membership and coaching fees.
    • Please note all 2020 members had their membership extended until the end of 2021.
    • As of 31 May 2021 we had £4,348 in the bank ready for continued investment in the sport.
    • If you have any questions relating to the financial accounts please message Alex Young (alex.young@ukosf.org).

Articles of Association

  • Proposed Articles of Association
  • Note we have made the following changes since our member consultation:
    • Added the object “3.7. Contribute to achieving a net-zero emissions world by 2050.”
    • Removed the reference to the Senior Independent Chair in 14.2.3.

Elections

With your approval we would like to confirm the following elected positions for a term of two years.

The Board

Oner Avara – Chair of the Board

Oner has over 2 decades of experience in sports as a boxer, club owner, Chairman and President of sport federations and an advisor to the UK Parliament.

Supported by his long and extensive experience in sport, Oner has built an online platform designed to increase the flow of information between medical professionals, federations, technical officials, clubs, promoters and athletes to create a safer sports environment.

In his advisory role to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain as a Sport Expert Advisor at the UK Parliament, Oner ensures that the sports industry and society benefit from the full potential of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLT) making the UK a leader in Blockchain/DLT’s innovation and implementation.

He also advises All Party Parliamentary Groups on Boxing. The APPG Boxing committee aim to engage with government and Parliament to support all aspects of boxing, setting our the benefits of boxing to individuals and the wider society; reducing the barriers to participation in boxing.

Oner helped to establish UKOSF in May 2019 and took on the role of President for the federation. He has been actively involved in the governance and decision making of UKOSF ever since.

After his competitive boxing carrier Oner raced in 7 marathons, 1 Marathon Des Sables and many charity fun runs. He believes that Obstacle Sports has great potential to become a mainstream sport not only in the UK but throughout the world. Hence the reason he founded the UKOSF with likeminded members within the Obstacle Sports community in the UK.
Oner is married with 2 children who enjoy football, swimming and gymnastics.

Shahedur Rohman – Elected Director

Shahedur is an established solicitor with experience spanning across a wide range of areas ranging from banking, commercial contracts, property, litigation, employment and consumer law. Shahedur has garnered a reputation for his no nonsense, straight-talking approach often getting to the root of the problem and delivering results within a short-space of time. 

In addition to his demanding role, Shahedur enjoys serving his community where he currently holds positions of responsibility with the following organisations: 

  • Panel member of Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Community Legitimacy Panel, 
  • A trustee of Cirencester Opportunity Group, an organisation that provides special educational services; and 
  • Panel member of Gloucestershire Community Foundation, a charitable foundation which provides funding to local charities. 

Shahedur is passionate about ninja sport having been involved as a competitor on series 3 of Ninja Warrior UK and competing regularly in national competitions. He also enjoys competing in obstacle races when injuries don’t get in the way and is glad to have found his calling to combine his passions with his profession at the UKOSF where he assists with providing support to the various functions of the governing body in addition to acting as coordinator for the Ninja Sport Technical Committee. Shahedur would like to be elected as a Board member so that he can continue injecting his passion into obstacle sports and support the federation in the next exciting stages of its development.

James Burton – Elected Director

James has 15+ years of digital marketing experience working with a range of global brands including Nike, Virgin, Bacardi, GSK, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Booking.com. In his 12 year role at creative agency, AKQA, James also worked closely on the operations side of the business that included setting up two studios in Portland and Gothenburg, managing a large financial portfolio, team and line management, recruitment, and generally getting stuff done.

Obstacle sports is a huge passion for James and he has participated in over 140 events since 2013. Since volunteering for UKOSF James helped to organise the national UK OCR Time Trial competition in 2020 and has played a key role in developing the governance of the federation in the last six months. He would like to be elected to the Board help grow obstacle sports in the UK and make it more accessible for all. He would also like to continue to act as Programme Lead for the recognition application and Chair for the Event Support & Licensing Committee.

Ninja Sport Technical Committee

Ali Hay – Chair and Board Representative

Ali has been competing as one of the top ninjas in UK for six years and has been a grand finalist on Ninja Warrior UK three times running, as well as competed in numerous competitions across the globe.

His passion for the sport has taken him in many directions, from obstacle and facility designing, coaching, starting leagues and competing, to owning and operating his own Ninja Warrior UK park in Edinburgh.

With over a decades experience as a company director and a chairperson Ali Jumped at the chance to help shape the future of the sport he loves and has been running the Ninja Sport Technical Committee since the start of the year.

Ali is excited to bring his experience and energy to the federation and the board. 

Beth Lodge – Vice-Chair

Beth got into ninja sport in 2017 after her brother dared her to apply for the show. Being a competitive family, she couldn’t say no and ended up loving everything about it. Beth has competed internationally and regularly podiums at competitions. She was the last woman standing on Ninja Warrior UK season 5. Beth would love to encourage and support more people into ninja sport.

Beth works as a scientist in biotechnology and has been supporting the development of the federation since the start of 2021 as Vice-Chair of the Ninja Sport Technical Committee.

Henry Cookey – Committee Member

Henry first got involved with ninja sport in 2016 when he competed on Ninja Warrior UK Season 3, reaching the semi final and immediately finding a passion for the sport. Henry has made some big career jumps, from chemical engineer back in 2013 to Olympic taekwondo fighter until 2016, winning a Commonwealth bronze medal in Glasgow 2014 and narrowly missing out on selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic games. After retiring from taekwondo following the 2016 games he was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to take on the challenge of Ninja Warrior UK season 3.

The experience made such a big impact that he went on to build his own ninja gym in Liverpool where others can experience the challenges and train for such events and competitions.

Henry is incredibly passionate about obstacle sport and helping it grow and spread so everyone can see how great it is along with the massive health and fitness benefits that come with it. He is currently Head of Competitions in the Ninja Sport Technical Committee and working on shaping the rules and format of the sport to keep the spirit of ninja and bring the exciting, inclusive, and entertaining sport that is Ninja forward to all of the UK.

OCR Technical Committee

Becky Neal – Chair and Board Representative

Becky has been involved with obstacle course racing since 2016 and has experienced a variety of obstacle race styles, formats and competitions across the country and Europe having competed in around 100 events. She continues to enjoy new events and encourages others to challenge themselves with obstacle course racing and join the community.

Becky is hoping to continue the work she has been doing with UKOSF over the last year, including hosting informative webinars and developing key governance policies to provide fair and accessible sport for everyone. Previously she has competed in other sports at a national level and will use these experiences as well as her knowledge from her role as a sports scientist to support the progression of OCR at a grassroots and performance level.

Dave Peters – Vice-Chair

Dave has been involved with OCR since 2012 after taking on his first race as a charity event. After catching the bug of competing he has raced over 100 races all over Europe and has have integrated OCR into his day job beginning by taking groups to races having coached them in correct techniques and fitness.

As a sport science graduate Dave loves sport and the demands required for people to perform and so has developed his knowledge and expertise studying OCR and similar sports such as gymnastics and climbing. He has since opened his own training centre, Rumble Fitness.

As a certified coach in OCR Dave has worked with a full range of athletes of all levels of ability, aims and goals and now manages his own OCR Team; Rumble Racing.

Dave has been working within the federation since 2019 across several committees supporting in key areas of expertise in coaching, youth development and technical knowledge.

Appointments

At our AGM we will also confirm the following appointment to our Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Prof. Mike Loosemore, MBE

Professor Mike Loosemore is Lead Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH). He treats the general public with musculoskeletal and sports injuries and is also working to promote exercise as a preventative intervention and treatment in many medical conditions.

Professor Loosemore is a Lead Sports Physician for the English Institute of Sport, based at ISEH where he treats elite athletes from a wide range of sports; he is currently the Chief Medical Officer for GB Boxing and GB Snow sports.

He has travelled extensively with national squads, accompanying teams to 4 Olympic and 5 Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships. He was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the England Commonwealth Games team in New Delhi 2010 and reprised the role for Glasgow 2014. He was CMO for the GB team at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Professor Loosemore is active in various fields of sport and exercise medicine research and has published work on various aspects of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in science for ‘outstanding contribution to sport and exercise medicine’. In 2014 he received the Sir Robert Atkins award for ‘an outstanding contribution to sports medicine’.

He was awarded an MBE for services to Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2018.