First Pan Am Olympic Festival Announced
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 05/07/2014 11:29:39
- In: Water Skiing
USA Water Ski is proud to announce its support of the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival, July 16-20, in Morelos, Mexico. This is a first-year water ski and wakeboard event being hosted by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). Events include men's and women's slalom, tricks, jumping and overall, as well as men's and women's wakeboarding.
USA Water Ski will invite the top athletes in each event in order to fill the maximum number of five allotted athletes. At least one of those five must compete in overall. Any combination of water ski athlete and wakeboard rider can be made in order to fill the other four available positions. A maximum of one wakeboard rider per gender, or two total riders, may be used to fill two of the four available spots.
The Pan American Sports Organization will cover the travel expenses of each athlete who accepts to participate in this event. This includes airfare to and from the event, and housing and meals through the duration of the event.
Individual athletes will be invited by USA Water Ski based on current world rankings' lists and other qualification procedures decided upon by the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee. The deadline for roster submission is June 15; therefore invitations will be administered on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
The 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival will include 23 sports – all of which will be included in the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto in July 2015 – and an estimated 3,000 athletes. According to PASO, the objective is to provide elite athletes an opportunity to participate in a high level competition of their specific sport with the objective of improving their preparation for the XVII Pan American Games.