29th February 2020
Representatives of the Comité Olímpico Argentino (COA), Federación Argentina de Esquí y Wakeboard (FADEW) and International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) paid tribute to Jorge Renosto for his extensive sports and managerial career.
Jorge Renosto, a dentist by profession, is Argentina’s pioneer waterskier and a volunteer for the COA since 1993 in several positions. He was president of de Federation Latino Americana (1989-1995) and Secretary of the IWWF Panam Region (1989-1995). He has been President of FADEW for many years, since 1983-1985, 1995-1997, 1999-2001 and from 1999 till 2019. Jorge has been the first Honorary President of FADEW since 2019.
As a sportsman he was multiple Argentinian Waterski Champion, South American Waterski Champion and Pan American Waterski Champion in the jump discipline. He also has been a judge at World Championships, Regional Championships, National Championships, Chief Judge at the 2010 South American Games in Medellin and Pan American Games in Lima 2019.
As a developer of the sport, more than 18,000 pupils have gone through his school with many of them winning championships titles.
The COA Vice-President Alicia Masoni de Morea, COA Secretary Mario Moccia, COA Pro Treasurer Hugo Rodriguez Papini, FADEW President Walter Ditsch, IWWF President Jose Antonio Perez Priego, and prestigious sports journalist Julio Ricardo were some of the prominent personalities that were in attendance in addition to officials and athletes, past and present.
Alicia Morea said: “It’s been an honour to have Dr. Renosto with our institution (COA) for 26 years and also as a member of the board of directors. In 2015 we distinguished him for 50 years of teaching waterskiing; he is an icon in water sports. We are not only recognizing a sportsman and a leader but also a huge human being.”
“We are in front of a great person that succeeded as an athlete and leader, being an example for many young people that were inspired by him. It’s a privilege to keep on working with him. Jorge not only represents waterskiing but also all of Argentina’s sports”, said Mario Moccia.
“Particularly, as a wakeboarder, the most important things that I want to highlight are Jorge’s vision, his generosity and support to our discipline, which during those days was something new and rare. Jorge was always clarifying that waterskiing and wakeboard are part of the same family”, FADEW President Walter Ditsch emphasized.
“I want to thank Jorge in name of world waterskiing, because he has impulsed our sport throughout the world. He has also impulsed Argentinian athletes to compete as a team. Waterskiing is naturally an individual sport. Nevertheless, he has instilled the that every child is important, and this is priceless. Many countries have copied this attitude” said Jose Antonio Perez Priego, IWWF President.
Closing the ceremony, Jorge Renosto concluded “It’s a big emotion. It has been 55 years of school, more than 18,000 pupils who didn’t know how to stand on skis and many of whom have reached international titles. Everything was with the help of parents and pupils. Being together gave me the strength to continue. Then I became a leader, and here I have to be grateful to the COA, because when I started in 1993, I started to learn what leadership meant.”
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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