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Poggetto Receives 2019 IWWF Honors

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federationís Disabled Council has announced that U.S. athlete Connor Poggetto (Carmichael, Calif.) and Franceís 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.

Poggetto (MP5) had an impressive 2019 IWWF World Disabled Championships as the only skier on the U.S. Adaptive Water Ski Team to contribute to the team overall score in all three events.† Not only was he essential in helping the U.S. Adaptive Water Ski Team win gold in team overall, he achieved individual gold in Seated overall.† To top it off, he also won gold as the overall male skier (across all categories) with the highest overall score of the tournament, in this case, among both men and women. Poggetto exceeded his own world tricks record twice, breaking it in the prelims with a score of 1,810 points.† In addition to an extraordinary performance at the Worlds, he was the first seated athlete to be invited to ski at the Nautique U.S. Masters, where he exhibited in three events ¨ wakeboarding, tricks and jump.

Le Sausse (MP4) also had a great year, competing at the IWWF World Disabled Championships as well as other tournaments in France.† She won gold in slalom and tricks in the Womenís Seated Division at the World Disabled Championships.†† She broke her own world (& E&A) slalom record, and trick records this year. She was also French National Champion in slalom and tricks. She closed the season ranked No. 1 in slalom and tricks in the E&A ranking, and in addition ranked No. 1 in tricks and No. 2 in slalom in the men and women combined E&A ranking.




















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