18th January 2020

At the end of last year, IWWF’s sport discipline councils selected their respective 2019 IWWF Skiers & Riders of the Year.

The IWWF Executive Board has this week selected the IWWF Athletes of the Year from that list of skiers and riders  – one female and one male.

The two exceptional athletes who have emerged to take top honors for 2019 are:

Irina Turets – Belarus

Irina Turets won every cableski jump competition she entered in 2019, setting a new World Women’s Cableski Jump Record of 50.8 metres.  She won the women’s cableski jump at the 2018 IWWF World Cup stop in Shanghai and is also a very good overall cableskier.

Patricio Font – Mexico

Patricio Font , a 17 year old full-time student, won trick titles at the Nautique Junior Moomba Masters, US Masters and IWWF World Open Waterski Championships in 2019.  He was youngest Mexican to win a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.  Font broke the world junior trick record 7 times in 2019, most recently shattering the 12,000 point barrier. In December, Patricio was named as the men’s NextGen winner, the prize awarded to the best athlete under-20, at the at the inaugural Panam Sports Awards.

Congratulations Irina and Patricio!

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

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