23rd November 2020

More than 80 organisations joined forces to unite on a digital platform for the United Through Sports (UTS) World Virtual Youth Festival 2020, held over the last 5 days, which was under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Special Olympics (SOI), SportAccord, GAISF, and AIMS.

The festival was a celebration for and with the youth of the world who will carry the torch of life for the next generations. On the UTS platform, everyone is equal. The theme of the festival is “One Spirit One Heart”, and all organisations and entities are uniting to showcase, demonstrate and promote inclusion, equality, non-discrimination and peace.

The 5-day event saw youth under 18 years old of all abilities from all corners of the globe come together in sporting and cultural exchange where they competed in 5 different competitions; Max Fit, Aero Fit, Talent, Inclusive Sport and the Unified Fitness Challenge.  100+ youth ambassadors, including two from cable wakeboarding (Eve Smith Lang <click here for her video message> & Kallum Anderson-Wilson <click here for his video message> both from Great Britain), together with the leaders of sport and all participating entities made a unified call to action for a more inclusive and better tomorrow.

Aside from the 5-day youth competitions held on the virtual platform, there was also a 5-day youth-focused education program.

Representatives of cable wakeboarding, who competed in the Max-Fit competition against athletes from other sports, included the following athletes:

Under-16

  1. Kallum Anderson-Wilson (GBR)
  2. Callum Smith (GBR)
  3. Eve Smith Lang (GBR)

Under-15

  1. Jagoda Kaminski (POL)
  2. Julia Lupij (POL)

Under-14

  1. Alessia Klingenbrunn (GER)
  2. Kieran Smith (GBR)
  3. Patryk Lojek (POL)

Under-11

  1. Maxwell Smith (GBR)

Having won their qualification rounds, Kieran Smith (GBR) (click here for competition video) and Alessia Klingenbrunn (GER) (click here for competition video) have made it through to the finals, and the results will be announced on 19th December.

About the IWWF:  The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 90 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing, Barefoot Waterskiing & Wakesurfing

Official Hashtag:
#iwwf

Social Media & Other Important Links:

IWWF’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iwwfed/
IWWF’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IWWFED
IWWF’s Website:  iwwf.sport/