The organization of World Obstacle includes the following commissions: Athletes, Governance, Legal, Medical, Para-athlete, Safe Sport, Technical and Women’s. All Commissions report to the Executive Committee, and all Commission members have the right to attend the Executive Board meeting. It is the responsibility of the members of each of the Commissions to support FISO´s efforts to develop Obstacle Course Racing and related Sports.


The Governance Commission (GC) is World Obstacles statutory authority responsible for developing obstacle sports worldwide. As such, the GC is responsible for assisting member national federations and sporting organisations develop operational and sporting excellence and increase participation. The Governance Development Committee is a working group of the Governance Commission and assists with the formation and codification member national federations and sporting organisations.

Chairman: Mr. Oner Avara (GBR)

Deputy Chairman:

Members: Mr. David Lim (SGP)


The Athletes Commission provides representation and development for athletes at every level of the sport. The Athlete Advisory Councils (AACs) represent the Athletes through their delegate, who are elite athlete representatives. The AAC provides opinions and advice on FISO policies that affect the athletes in obstacle sports worldwide.

Chair: Ms. Meagan Martin (Ninja: USA), Ms. Kim Skerman (Adventure, NZL), Leon Kofoed Andersen (OCR)

Deputy Chair: Mr. Rod Dixon (NZL)

Members: Ms. Sandi Abahan (PHI), Mr. Adam Egerblom (SWE), Ms. Faye Stenning (CAN)


The Development Commission is responsible for the enhancement, professionalism, and support of the growth of obstacle sports, including Obstacle Course Racing, Adventure Racing, Fitness Racing and Ninja Sport worldwide.Development of obstacle sports starts with kids and grass roots, leading to international level through education and pathways for coaches, officials, and administrators.

The Commission develops and standardizes Coaching and Technical Officiating (Judging) across obstacle sports to ensure the highest standards of athlete development and competition integrity, and to support the integration of obstacle into Pentathlon and other multidisciplinary sport formats.

Chair: Mr. Shaun Wilde (GBR)

Deputy Chairs: Ms. Nayibe Statia – OCR (NED), Ms. Jen  Miller – Ninja (USA), Adventure (FRA), Fitness (GER)

Members: (Africa), Mr. Alwyn Cosgrove (USA), Ms. Precious Que Aguilar (Asia-Pacific), Mr. Nikolaj Dam (Europe)


The Legal Affairs Commission advises the World Obstacle on juridical issues, with both a consultative and operational role.

Chairman: Ms. Jessica Agra (PHI)

Deputy Chair: To be announced

Members: Mr. Adam Bartosiewicz (POL)


World Obstacle Financial Affairs advises the FISO Congress,  Executive boardCentral Board and the President on matters relating to the World Obstacle’s financial management in order to safeguard the continuity and strengthen the transparency and good governance of World Obstacle and obstacle sports globally.


  • Ensures compliance of races to Adaptive-athlete accessibility
  • Represents Adaptive-athletes and ensures compliance of World Obstacle with IPC standards

Chairman: Mr. Bob Babbitt (USA)

​​Deputy Chair: Ms. Emilie Thibeault-Rivard, PT MSc. (PT), BHSc (CAN)

Members: Ms. Misty Diaz (USA), Mr. Ameer Ahid (PHI), Mr. John De Haan (NED), Mr. Al Agra (PHI), Mr. Andrew Reid (GBR)


The Medical Commission is responsible for establishing conditions at World Obstacle sanctioned competitions, which ensure the health and safety of all participants. Controls all Anti-doping policies and activities of World Obstacle. Making sure that World Obstacle complies with the WADA code and the IOC and World Obstacle anti-doping rules.

Chairman: Dr. Stuart Weiss (USA)

Deputy Chair:

Members: Dr. Natasha Beach, MB BS (GBR), Dr. Jannelene Killops, MD (RSA), Dr. Wassim Shamsuddin, MB BS (GBR), Dr. Ui May Tan, MB BCh (IRL), Dr. Raquel Llarena, MD (PHI),  Mr. Pierre-Marc Dion (CAN)


  1. The Women’s Commission ensures equal opportunity for women in Obstacle Sports
  2. Promotes recognition and representation of women
  3. Creates policy for the integration of women in all areas of the sport

Women’s Commission members have the right of representation on all committees and commissions of World Obstacle to provide advice and guidance for policies and recommendations to the Board and Executive.

Chair: Ms. Patricia Anne Castillo (PHI)

Deputy Chair: Ms. Zola Budd Pieterse (RSA)

Members: Tamara Schlaepfer (SUI)


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