As the ICF’s National Federation members grew in number, so did the need to decentralise the governing body of Canoe Sports. With ICF National Federations members now representing every Continent of the globe, the various ICF Continental Associations were set up to oversee their region in the world of Canoeing. The role of the Continental Association is to advise its member National Federations on the ways and means of optimising the programmes that the ICF has to offer. It is understood that the Continental Associations are better placed to interpret the ICF programmes for the specific needs of their affiliated NFs. Likewise, the Continental Associations are able to represent the specific needs of their member NFs at the ICF Board meetings and during the year as and when the need arises.