The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) Board of Directors has appointed David Raflo of the USA as Interim Beach Ultimate Committee Chair, to replace Karen Cabrera of the Philippines who stepped down for personal reasons. Raflo, who is currently a member of the Beach Ultimate Committee, will serve out the remainder of Cabrera’s term, which extends through December 2020.
“We really appreciate that David agreed to step up to serve out the remainder of the term as Chair of the Beach Ultimate Committee,” stated WFDF President Robert L. Rauch. “As a professional disc sports administrator, David brings a wealth of experience to the position. We have a number of interesting opportunities we will be asking our Beach Committee members to help us navigate in the next couple years, including the PanAm Masters Games next year and pursuit of inclusion in the 2021 edition of the World Beach Games, and we are confident David will provide the leadership needed. We also want to thank Karen for all her contributions in the position since taking over in 2016, and fully expect to see her back in a leadership position within the Beach Ultimate community in the coming years.”
David Raflo has been playing Ultimate since 1992 and organizing since 1995. With the Ultimate Players Association/USA Ultimate, David served in numerous volunteer roles from 1995 through 2011 including Regional Coordinator, National Open Director, National Masters Director, Secretary of Board of Directors, Coaching Instructor, Observer, Volunteer Coordinator for various events, and Competition Director for about 20 more. David began working full-time for USA Ultimate as Events Manager in 2012 and has overseen numerous championship events, including USAU’s Beach events since 2016. He was also the principal author of the Tournament Director’s Manual and Showcase Game Manual for USAU. David began volunteering with WFDF in 2007 and, over the years, has served at various times on the Spirit of the Game, Ultimate Rules, Events, and Beach Ultimate Committees. David has also served as WFDF Tournament Technical Director of the WFDF 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships and at WFDF’s 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019 Pan American Ultimate Championships. David co-authored the chapter about local leagues in “Ultimate: The First Four Decades” and, in 2018 — the 50th anniversary of the development of Ultimate –he put on museum-style exhibits of Ultimate’s history at WFDF’s World Ultimate Club Championships, USA Ultimate’s National Championships, and at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, the birthplace of the sport. David earned a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO, USA.[dvmember id=”3992″ gridstyle=”full” offset=”20″ itemwidth=”250″ side=”right” rounded=””]