7th January 2021

Patrice Martin, from France,  has been announced as one of the candidates for the World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time.  The current President of the IWWF European Confederation and a member of the IWWF International Hall of Fame, Patrice is one of the greatest waterski athletes of all time having won his first Open European Title when he was 13 years old and first Open World Title when he was 14.  He has won 12 world titles, 34 European titles and broke 26 world records.  Patrice competed in 5 editions of the World Games from 1981 to 2001, winning a gold medal in each edition he participated with a total of 8 medals, (6 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze)

At a national level, Patrice has been President of the French Waterski & Wakeboard Federation since March 2009 and also sits on the board of directors of the French National Olympic & Sports Committee (CNOSF).

In addition to Patrice, 23 other candidates who have competed in different editions of The World Games’ 40-year long history, representing 24 different sports, as nominated by their respective International Federations for the World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time vote have also been announced.

Voting begins on Friday, 8th January 2021 and the towed water sports community is requested to vote daily for Patrice Martin. Everyone can vote once every 24 hours.  Like last year, World Games Athlete of the Year,  you will also need to vote for another candidate at the same time. The first candidate you choose, Patrice Martin, gets two votes, and the second candidate you choose one vote.

We started with this initiative a year ago, in order to get The World Games family to know each other better; after choosing your favourite, you will choose a candidate from another sport too. This way you will get to see who else is there and with what kind of background story,” IWGA’s Communication Officer Anna Jacobson explains.

The link to vote for Patrice Martin for the World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time, and a list of other candidates can be found HERE.

The voting ends on 1st February, but 20th January is an important milestone: on Wednesday 20th January 2021 at 16:00 CET, only the10 highest ranked candidates at that time will continue in the race. They will keep the votes earned by then. At the end, the three best athletes will be awarded with a trophy and a gift from the official sponsor Protective Life.

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