A Message from The Chairman, October 2016

We’ve got a lot of great things going at the IJA with our programs right now.

The IRC program continues to take off at a rapid speed. In fact, as I write this, IJA IRC Coordinator Erin Stephens is in Colombia for the Bogotá IRC. This event has one of the highest number of competitor entrants yet! We are excited to coordinate these regional competitions and are looking forward to the future of this program. To get a glance at some of the action that takes place at an IRC, check out our recently released IRC South America 2015 highlights video.

Our Youth Juggling Academy program continues to evolve. Galen Harp from The Institute of Jugglology (2014 IJA Teams Champions) was just approved as our new YJA Program Coordinator. Galen has been an active part of the YJA for years along with his juggling partner Ellen Winters, who is stepping down from the Coordinator position. There is already talk about diversifying the program further and expanding in new directions. Be on the lookout for more juggling educational news in the coming months.

Speaking of education, after taking a year off, we are pleased to announce that we are bringing back the IJA Video Tutorial Contest! Program Director Thom Wall has been hard at work organizing the 2016 VTC over the last few months, and we have some great prize packages lined up! Check out the official VTC contest page for rules, prizes and submission guidelines; and follow the Facebook event page for discussion on the contest as it unfolds. The action kicks off November 1st and entries are accepted through November 30th, so dust off your teaching caps and start planning now!

In other news, we are currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Honorary IJA Awards. If you have someone (or sometwos or somethrees) in mind that you feel would be nicely suited for one of our awards, drop the Awards Committee a line at awards@juggle.org and let them know who you would like to be considered and why.

Seeing great things on the horizon,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

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Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. He previously served as Chairman of the IJA and also held various officer positions. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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