Committee Members

Gilbert Portier

CIRILH President - Gilbert PortierI have been involved managing Sport for 30 years. At the beginning I was an Ice Hockey Club President, then an Ice Sports Regional League President and the General Treasurer of the French Ice Hockey Committee. In 1994 I created a club of InLine Hockey and join Roller Sports French Federation. Four years later I became member of French Roller Sports Federation Central Committee.

From 2002 to 2006, I was President of French InLine Hockey Committee, from 2004 through 2008, I was Vice President of CIRILH under George Pickard umbrella and became President when George retired in 2008. My main target is to develop our sport all over the world with the help of the International InLine Hockey Committee members. I must say that all the members work hard to do that so we have a good chance to increase the number of countries in our FIRS family.

Gilbert Portier                      cirilh@icloud.com

Valerie Leftwich

CIRILH Vice President - Valerie LeftwichI have been involved in Roller Skating for nearly 60 years, initially as a skater in England and later in various administration positions. I was President of New South Wales (a State in Australia) for 6 years. I became President of the Australian Federation of Roller Sports and the Oceania Confederation, a position I held for 13 years until I had to resign because I became First Vice President of FIRS.

I have been a member of the CIRILH Committee for eight years, initially assisting George Pickard and now Gilbert Portier with the development of Inline Hockey. I am responsible for the organization and running of the Women’s World Inline Hockey Championships and Drug Testing at World Inline Hockey Championships for all divisions. We are lucky to have a committee that works closely together for the development of our fast growing sport.

Valerie Leftwich                   val@leftwich.com.au

Alberto Lastrucci

CIRILH General Secretay - Alberto LastrucciI have been involved in Roller Skating for about 50 years. First in Italy when I was 10 years old, as a speed skater and rink hockey player, then, in France, since 1996 when I was in charge of the In Line Hockey Club of Paris.
In 1999 I became a National Referee and In 2001 I became a member of the French In Line Hockey Committee and I have also been the President of the French Referees Board.
Later I became the President of the French commission de discipline.
Seven years ago, I was involved in the creation of the Veterans In Line Association, as the Vice-President, and then two years ago, with the wonderful support and help of CIRILH, we created the Veterans’ World Cup. I am very proud of this because it allows players over the age of 38 to continue to enjoy their favorite sport.
During these years I have worked closely with Gilbert Portier when he was the President of the French In Line Committee.
As I have a deep love for In Line Hockey, on July 2010 I joined the CIRILH committee as Secretary General. Under the umbrella of CIRILH, with Gilbert Portier as the President, I work closely with the other members to develop our sport all over the world and to help in the organization of the World Inline Hockey Championships.

Alberto Lastrucci                 alberto.lastrucci@gmail.com

Gordon Young

I first got involved in this great game in Canada 1993. I was asked if I could referee at the North American Championships in Cambridge, Ontario.  I have been hooked on the sport ever since. Over the years I have been involved in many areas of the sport.  I have run inline hockey leagues, operated facilities and worked in the Inline Hockey industry for years.

I was the Vice President of Roller Sports Canada from 1996 to 1999 in charge of Inline Hockey. I moved my family to Windsor, Ontario to operate an Inline Hockey facility in Detroit , Michigan from 2001 to 2004.We were took the opportunity to move to Australia in 2005 to work for Skate Australia as the Inline Hockey Development Officer. I am currently the Chair of Inline Hockey Australia.

My area of focus on the CIRILH besides general duties is the development of game officials.  The education of game officials has been a priority for several years and CIRILH takes this responsibility seriously. We hold officials development courses at all World Championships as well as in several locations around the world each year.

I also spend time each year in Asia assisting new countries to develop the game. Over the years we have worked with Hong Kong, Iran, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China build their programs especially in the area of education of the sport.

Gordon Young                      young.gordon@bigpond.com

Keith Noll

I was appointed in 2009 by CIRILH President Portier to the Executive Committee for FIRS Inline Hockey.  Since then I have been active with administration of the world championships and acted as tournament director for the 2009 World Games inline hockey competitions in Taiwan.  Before that I was national federation host for the following Inline Hockey World Championships: 2006 FIRS Senior Men and Women in Detroit, USA; 2007 FIRS Junior Men Championships in Philadelphia, USA; and Men Junior World Cup in 2005 New Orleans, USA & 2006 in Detroit.

I initiated the national inline hockey program in 1996 for the Amateur Athletic Union, which is the largest amateur sport organization in the United States, with over 800,000 members engaged in 38 different sports.  Within the USA’s fragmented inline hockey structure, the AAU program after affiliating with FIRS though its national governing body USA Roller Sports, has become the largest inline hockey grassroots program in America and now is the 7th largest within AAU’s family of sports.  I am a member of the USARS Inline Hockey Committee.  In 2004, as its Olympic Committee funding was withdrawn, the AAU undertook the task of securing USA team participation in FIRS inline hockey through its own sanctioning revenues and hockey sponsorships, including cooperation from NHL teams.

My personal sport history as an athlete began in AAU basketball, starting in 1979.  In 1987, I organized Wisconsin State AAU Women’s Basketball, coached team and then elected State Chairman in 1988 until the present time.  I have been made an AAU Life Member, appointed Chairman of the AAU National Football and Inline Hockey Programs, for more than a decade been a Member of the AAU Executive Committee,  as well as numerous other AAU administrative committees.
My goals for National and International Inline Hockey is to see that our sport takes its deserved position in the Olympic Games, and to convince splinter organizations that the future progress can be made more productive by unity of purpose under the aegis of FIRS.  We must remain alert to promote hockey programs and competitions which will insure that facility construction and ownership remain financially attractive  so as to encourage the growth and expansion of inline hockey throughout the world.

Keith Noll                              slapshot@wwt.net

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