29th September 2020
The IWWF Cable Wakeboard Council has announced the following changes to the Age Categories from 1st January 2021:
U19 Juniors – Will become U18 Juniors
U15 Boys/Girls – Will become U14 Boys/Girls
After many discussions regarding the age categories, the IWWF Cable Wakeboard Council conducted a medical report on the differences in physical ability within the age categories, the findings showed what was already suspected, in that the age differential from the start of the category to the end of the category was too great and gave the older competitors an advantage.
The age categories will be consolidated across disciplines, and this will align Cable Wakeboard and the Wakeboard discipline junior categories.
The IWWF Cable Wakeboard Council has decided that introducing the new Age categories for 2021 makes sense for riders due to the lack of International Events run in 2020 due to the Pandemic.
If anyone has any questions regarding this change, please direct to the IWWF Cable Wakeboard Council at: email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org
The full list of categories to be used from the 2021 Season are as follows:
Wakeboard and Wakeskate:
U11: (11yrs or Under), Minis (Girls& Boys): The last year a rider is allowed to compete in this category is the year of their 11th Birthday. (For 2021, it means that the rider has to be born in 2010 or later)
U11 Category will only be used for National level events and ranking. Under 11s cannot compete in an international Event. The minimum age for a competitor in an International Event is 11yrs
U14: (14yrs or Under), Boys & Girls: The last year a rider is allowed to compete in this category is the year of their 14th Birthday. (For 2021, it means the rider has to be born between 2007 – 2010, but they must have reached their 11th Birthday by registration day of the competition).
U18: (18yrs or Under), Junior Men & Women: The last year a rider is allowed to complete in this category is the year of their 18th Birthday. (For 2021, it means the rider has to be born between 2003 – 2010, but they must have reached their 11th Birthday by registration day of the competition).
Open Men, Open Women: No age restriction
+30: Masters Men & Women: The first year a rider is allowed to compete in this category is the year of their 31st Birthday. (For 2021, It means the rider has to born in 1990 or before).
+40: Veterans Men and Women: The first year a rider is allowed to compete in this category is the year of their 41st Birthday. (For 2021, it means the rider has to be born in 1980 or before).
Seated: Open Men & Women : No age restriction.
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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