What is Obstacle Sports Federation South Africa (OSFSA)?


OSFSA is the national governing body for obstacle course racing, related disciplines and events in South Africa. It is a member of World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d'Obstacles (FISO) and a member of OCR Africa, the continental association of World OCR member federations in Africa. We are a not for profit organization with our national office in KZN, South Africa.


How is the OSFSA run?


OSFSA is run by volunteers made up of sport professionals, athletes, medical practitioners and event producers from across South Africa. Committee members are nominated by members prior to election at annual general meetings.


Are OSFSA committee members paid?


As a not for profit organization, all members are volunteers and are not paid. Members are entitled to be reimbursed for expenses, as long as they are pre-approved by the Executive Committee.


What are OSFSA’s goals?


OSFSA is committed to securing the sustainability and growth of obstacle course racing in South Africa. Our goals are:


  • Representing the needs of the athletes and provide a unified sport for cheaper, safer and fairer races and a system to qualify for championship events; regional, national, continental, international and Games events in the sporting federation system.

  • Sanction races and race brands that meet minimum safety, operational and fairness requirements to ensure a healthy racing environment for all participants.

  • To provide inexpensive and comprehensive insurance for athletes and race providers (sanctioned race). 

  • Unify the sport of OCR in South Africa.

  • Host national qualifiers and South African Championships to qualify Team South Africa for international competitions.

  • Be an inclusive organization and brands, not shutting out organizations that wish to be associated with OSFSA.

  • Build the sport of OCR by promoting teams and clubs to become part of OSFSA and promoting the sport in schools and universities in South Africa to help build the next generation of OCR racers.

  • Provide Anti-Doping and Doping Controls for sanctioned championship races through South African Drug Free Sport and World OCR.

  • Provide a training system and qualified coaches and camps to develop the sport and athletes in South Africa.



Who does OSFSA support?


OSFSA’s primary purpose is to support the members and the growth of the sport from the grass roots level through to elite athletes.


What is OSFSA's long term plan?


Once financially stable, the board will hire staff to run and operate the organisation independently based on the bylaws. OSFSA’s staff will be responsible for implementing the growth of the sport.


What is a National Governing Body (NGB)?


A NGB is the governing body for a specific sport, also known as a National Federation (NF). Most sports, whether they have a professional division or operate at an amateur level only are represented by not for profit NGBs in South Africa. Examples include Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Triathlon, Track & Field, Swimming,

Gymnastics, to name a few.


What does a NGB do?


Recognized NGBs support the development of their sport in South Africa which includes athlete coaching and official development.


Is OSFSA affiliated with race brands in South Africa?


OSFSA treats all race brands equally, with a goal to support all parties of interest in obstacle sports. 


Will OSFSA stifle obstacle innovation?


No. OSFSA's goal is to encourage the growth, diversity and innovation in OCR, along the same guidelines as World OCR.  While OSFSA will develop obstacle guidelines and standards for various National Championships, these guidelines will not hinder race organisations innovating obstacles or formats, or require them to include restrictive race rules.

Will OSFSA enforce race brands to adhere to strict guidelines?


No. It is our goal that race directors from across South Africa will adhere to a standard set of safety & medical guidelines that benefit all athletes. When it comes to obstacles and race formats though, the race organisations will continue to operate and innovate new obstacles and race formats as they do today.


There are guidelines in place for regional, national and international championships, part of a long-term strategy for OCR to achieve medal events at international multisport Games.


Is OSFSA affiliated with any international organizations?


Yes, along with 100 other national federations, OSFSA is a member of World OCR, a Swiss based nonprofit composed of national member federations worldwide. It is the sole competent authority for obstacle sports and related disciplines throughout the world and is working toward meeting the requirements for recognition as specified by Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). World OCR’s goals and structure is similar to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and International Basketball Federation (FIBA).


What will the sport look like in the future?


OSFSA is working to ensure that OCR continues to include the things we love about the sport. This is an innovative sport inclusive of all abilities and ages with a thriving community. OSFSA has training programs for coach and officials development following the international structure provided by World OCR. More information on Coaching and Officials Development programs is available on the World OCR website.


Is OSFSA hoping to make obstacle racing an Olympic sport?


Recognition of obstacle sports at world level is the job of World OCR. As a voting member of World OCR, OSFSA represents the needs of the members at the international level. If you wish to help the sport achieve recognition, you have opportunities to represent South Africa on the International Federation and help on committees and commissions of World OCR.


How can OSFSA help me?


As a member based nonprofit, OSFSA exists to represent the needs of the athletes. Please sign up to become a member and recommend OSFSA membership to your friends. You can get further involved by joining a committee and help shape the sport.

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