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2022 FISU Worlds Awarded To Belarus

The Championships Department at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) has announced that the FISU Executive Committee has attributed the 2022 FISU World University Water Ski & Wakeboard Championships to the city of Minsk, Belarus. The event is officially rewarded to the Belarus Republican Center of Physical Education and Sports for Pupils and Students, the governing body of university sports in that country. However, it will be hosted by an organizing committee that includes the NUSF, the City of Minsk and the Belarus Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, with support of the IWWF World University Commission.

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2020 U.S. Barefoot Water Ski Teams Selected

William FarrellThe American Barefoot Club, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, has announced the selections to the 2020 U.S. Elite, Junior and Senior Barefoot Water Ski Teams that will compete in the 2020 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, April 11-18, in Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia.

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AWSA Announces Proposed Rule Changes

The American Water Ski Association's Rules Committee has announced the proposed rule changes for 2020 that it will recommend to the AWSA board of directors at its mid-winter board meeting on Jan. 25 in Auburndale, Fla. There will be a full report available in the board of directors’ packet for the meeting, which will also include the proposals with no action and discussion items. Proposals are not numbered at this time to avoid confusion once the full report is published. Reference any questions to the rule numbers.

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In Memoriam - Eddie Roberts, 1945-2019

Eddie Roberts, responsible for many notable innovations in water ski and wakeboard equipment, passed away on Nov. 28. He was 74. Roberts will be honored posthumously on May 2, 2020 with the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Award of Distinction at the 38th USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Orlando, Fla.

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Poggetto Receives 2019 IWWF Honors

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Disabled Council has announced that U.S. athlete Connor Poggetto (Carmichael, Calif.) and France’s Delphine Le Sausse have been selected the 2019 IWWF Disabled Male Athlete of the Year and 2019 IWWF Disabled Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. Poggetto and Le Sausse are now eligible, along with the Athletes of the Year from the other IWWF councils, for consideration as overall IWWF Athletes of the Year.

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U.S. Places Fourth At Wakeboard Worlds

The U.S. Wakeboard Team placed fourth and three U.S. riders earned individual medals at the 13th IWWF Wakeboard World Championships, Nov. 19-23, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Athletes from 31 countries competed in the biennial event. Australia won the gold medal (675 points), Japan earned the silver (433 points) and Italy earned the bronze (415 points).

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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2020

Four competition towboats from three manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in sanctioned tournaments for the American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports in 2020. The American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports are three of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.

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In Memoriam: Paul Allebach, 1940-2019

Paul Allebach, a member of the American Water Ski Association for almost 60 years who participated in many local, regional and national tournaments as both a trick skier and a senior driver, passed away on Sept. 19 at his home in Harleysvile, Pa., following an extended illness.

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IWWF Approves Lang’s Pending World Record

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has approved the pending women’s world tricks record of 11,260 points set by U.S. water ski athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) on Oct. 5 at the Sunset Fall Classic at Sunset Lakes and Jack Travers International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla. Lang is the first woman to score 11,000 points in the tricks event. Watch the world-record run by clicking here.

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Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected

Brooke BaldwinUSA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for October. The U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Baldwin, Hunter and the U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of October Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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U.S. Teams Win Gold At Senior Pan Ams

Sixteen U.S. Senior Pan American Championships Water Ski Team members and four U.S. independent athletes combined to win 49 medals, including 25 gold, at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-27, in Bujama, Peru. All four – 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ –  U.S. teams competing at the biennial event won overall team gold medals.

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Thailand To Host ‘20 Cable Wakeboard Worlds

The IWWF Executive Board has approved a bid from the Thailand Extreme Sports Association (TESA) to host the 2020 IWWF Cable Wakeboard World Championships, Sept. 14-20, at ESC Thai Wake Park near Bangkok.

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In Memoriam: Tory Baggiano, 1967-2019

Tory Baggiano, the first tricks skier to eclipse the 11,00-point barrier and a 2004 inductee into the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Water Ski Hall of Fame, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. He was 52.

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IAC Seeks Team Staffs For 2020 Events

In early November, the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate coaches, managers and physicians for respective 2020 international events. If you are interested in being considered for appointment to any of these tournaments, please fill out this form (PDF). There is no longer any funding for coach and manager for any age group teams. For the Junior Worlds, the physician alone receives 50% funding. The elite team staff is fully funded (manager, coach and physician) to the Pan American Water Ski Championships. SafeSport certification is now required. There is no cost, and it is accessible online. Background screening is still required (duration two years) and the expense is covered by AWSA.

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