FoT 200 Club August 2020 Draw

The 200 Club August draw took place this weekend at Hazelwoods Ski World. Apologies for the opening expletive but had to do a take 2 on the preamble as video wasn’t on.
With 142 balls in the bag this month the prizes are:
1st prize £461.50
2nd £346.13
3rd £230.75
4th £115.38
The August winners were:
1st Simon Poole No 38
2nd Paul Nott No 15
3rd Owen McGarry No 114
4th Team Bluebird No 83
FoT has so far raised a grand total of £129,047 before lottery prizes.
Team Skiers have received £34,000 in travel grants and around £18,000 has been spent on Development activies such as Development Days, Squad Training, and Handicap League prizes.
We have an ambitious budget for 2021 of over £55,000 and will end 2020 with a healthy bank balance as there have been no travel grants this year due to the cancellation of all European and World Events. Lets all hope that 2021 will see a return to a more normal situation.
Thank you to everyone who supports FoT. You are making a difference in an era where government funding for sport has been drastically reduced.

200 Club August 2020 Prize Draw

Tournament Ball 2020

As is probably obvious now we have had to cancel the 2020 Tournament Ball. We hope that normal service will be resumed in 2021 and when possible we hope to organise some sort of a social event. However in these uncertain times we must wait to see how the current restrictions develop.

FoT 200 Club Draw – July 2020

The FoT 200 Club draw for July.
There were 140 balls in the bag this month and the winners were :

1st Alan Farndon no 73 £455.00
2nd Dave Wrennall no 76 £341.25
3rd Dan Brooks no 58 £227.50
4th Jane Peel no 84 £113.75.

Congratulations to the winners.

FoT is sponsoring five Development Days and two Squad Training weekends during August. The Squad Training will take place at PWTC at Hazelwoods and at Oxford Water Ski Club. The Development Days will be at, White Rose, Church Wilne, Burghfield, Cotswolds, and Whitworth. Please visit the BWSW website for more details.

July 2020 200 Club Draw

FoT 200 Club Prize Draw – June 2020

Hot off the press…..the June 200 Club Draw. Our most entertaining draw yet thanks to Keith Jones.

The June winners are:

1st Claire James no 32 £451.75
2nd Sean Rose no 71 £338.81
3rd Team Bluebird no 83 £225.88
4th Bill Atkins no 74 £112.94

After prize money is paid out we are raising about £2,345 each month to add to our funds.

The lack of activity this year means that we have not spent any of our funds and we will go into 2021 in a very healthy £64,000 in the bank.

If competitions around the world resume we will have a busy year to support with the postponed World Youth Championships as well as an Open, U21, and University Worlds.

Let’s all hope that we will be back to some kind of normal.

Congratulations to this months winners and a big thank you to everyone that supports FoT.

June 2020 200 Club Draw

Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update – Tournament Calendar Competitions and British Nationals.

All Licence Holders and Officials

Following the government announcements this week it is clear that the limited lifting of restrictions does not yet place us in a position where we can legally operate competitive skiing. The Tournament Committee therefore must announce that all of the suspended July competitions are now cancelled.

Further to discussions with Oxford WSC and Steve Glanfield, we regrettably have to also advise that the British Nationals scheduled for 12th to 16th August are also cancelled.

The Tournament Committee will meet again in mid July to review the possibility of running competitions in August, and also to discuss the proposal of running a ‘Youth Nationals’ late in the season.

It is positive to hear clubs generally are busy, ski safe everyone.

Mark Beard

Vice Chairman
Tournament Committee

E&A Championships 2020

The following communication has been received today from the E&A Bureau.

“It is with great regret that due to the COVID-19 crisis and the restrictions imposed by various countries and travel restrictions, the Admincom has decided to cancel or postpone to 2021 all 2020 E&A Titled Events.
All 2020 ‘Open’ and ‘Masters’ (35+, seniors, ..) Championships have been cancelled.

For the Youth Championships, the Admincom encourages the Divisional Councils to postpone their 2020 event to 2021.
If they accept this recommendation, the 2020 event would be held alongside the 2021 event.
This is in order that a youth athlete who is in the last year of his age category does not miss the chance to win a title, a medal or a spot in the finals.
Someone over age can however not set a record for his age category.
It is up to each Council to work out the specific rules for their combined 2020/2021 event.
The EC Bureau

FoT 200 Club Lottery Draw May 2020

Here is the May draw of the 200 Club. There were 139 balls in the bag this month and the winners are:

1st David Stevenson No. 61 £451.75
2nd Simon Poole No. 38 £338.81
3rd Jon Wilkinson No. 63 £225.88
4th Nick McGarry No. 26 £112.94

Congratulations to them and thank you to everyone who supports FoT.

Before Lottery prize money has been paid out FoT has now raised almost £118,000 and the lottery alone will pass £100,000 next month.

Including prize money £75,000 has been paid out to support development activities and to our elite skiers for world and European Championships.

With the Covid-19 restrictions we have not yet spent any money in 2020 but have ambitious plans, requiring a £55,000 budget for next year when we hope some sort of normality will be resumed.

200 Club May 2020 Prize Draw

Covid-19 Update – 11th June 2020

The Tournament (Waterski) Committee met today via Zoom to discuss the ongoing situation in regard to our national competition calendar from July onwards and the position concerning E&A Championship events.

British Calendar Events
It remains clear that with the current restrictions no competitions of any kind can take place. However lockdown restrictions are subject to regular review with some changes taking place on a regular basis now. Consequently the Committee decided to suspend all July events that had not already been cancelled by the organisers so that should the situation change in the short term these could be reinstated. Decisions about competitions beyond July, including the British National Championships, will be taken as the lockdown restrictions evolve.

E&A Championships

35+ Championships
Although there does not seem to be an official announcement we understand that the 35+ Championships, due to take place in Italy from 26th to 30th August, have been cancelled.
E&A Youth and U21 Championships
These are scheduled to take place in Sesena, Spain from 3rd to 8th August. The E&A Waterski Council have said that under current conditions they cannot take place but a further review will be undertaken 45 days before the event is due to start, that is on 19th June.
E&A Open Championships
Now scheduled to take place in Recetto, Italy from 20th to 23rd August, we expect an update from E&A 60 days before the event, on 21st June.

In the event that either Competition is confirmed as going ahead BWSW will evaluate the possibility of participation by our skiers at that point in time. As you will appreciate there are many issues that will need to be understood and considered before we can contemplate sending our skiers. While we all want to resume competitions as soon as possible we also have a responsibility to ensure that all our skiers and officials can participate in a safe environment.

Steve Sopp
Chairman Tournament (Waterski) Committee
11th June 2020

E&A Confederation Update

The Europe & Africa Waterski Under 14, Under 17 and Under 21 Championships

Botaski Sesena Waterski Complex, Spain 3rd to 9th August 2020
The organisers of these Championships have provided the European Confederation with the conditions under which the event can be held according to the current Spanish Government rules.
At this time the required distancing and social integration rules make the Championships impossible to hold.
The European Confederation is required to confirm the event can be held minimum 60 days before the date of the start of the Championships. The European Bureau together with the European Waterski Council has agreed that in these special circumstances this will be reduced to 45 days. This may give time for some relaxation of the Government rules applying in Spain.
The IWWF European Confederation will keep in contact with the Botaski Sesena Waterski Complex in the hope that the conditions required will change and will allow the Championships to be held on the original dates of 3rd to 9th August 2020.
Further information will be published latest 45 days before the due start date of the Championships.

The Europe & Africa Waterski Open Championships and the Europe & Africa Disabled Championships

Thanks to the Italian federation, we are pleased to announce that these two important Championships will be possibly held at Recetto, Italy from the 20th to 23rd August 2020.
Further information will be released shortly.

Patrice Martin
Sid Adriaensen
Secretary General