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FoT End of Season Ball 2019

The Friends of Tournament End of Season Ball will take place at the Hilton, Northampton on 16th November. This is an opportunity to spend a fun social evening with fellow waterskiers and to celebrate the end of another successful season. There will be some awards to make and prizes to be one as well as an auction to raise money for FoT. Live music will be provided by the Ian Campbell Band, Junction 24. The Ball is for all Waterskiers and their families whether recreational or competitive so why not get a Club group together and book a table.

Book Tickets

FoT 200 Club July Draw

Here is the July draw video of the Friends of Tournament 200 Club Lottery that took place today in Putrajaya, Malaysia at the World Open Championships. Mark Beard was assisted by the IWWF President Jose Antonio Perez Priego and our own Gill Hill, Secretary General of the IWWF. The prize fund this month with 129 balls in the bag was £967.50. Please watch the video to find out who this month’s lucky winners are. 🍀😊

July Draw Video

Friends of Tournament 200 Club Draw – June 2019

The June draw took place at the Andy Mapple ProAm at Thorpe Lakes on Sunday. Unfortunately we did not catch the draw on video this time around so if anyone took any pics please can you send them to With a new high of 123 Balls in the Bag the prize money for the month was £922.50. Andy’s father Roy kindly drew the balls for us and the winners were:

1st Rob Poland £461.25 no 64
2nd Simon Poole £307.50 no 38
3rd Patric Foley-Brickley £153.75 no 17

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to everyone who supports this initiative. We have now raised over £71,000 and after prizes this leaves £51,260 to support Tournament Waterskiing in the UK. Half the money raised goes to providing grants to our skiers for travel and training for World and European Championships and the other half is used for Development initiatives such as our successful series of Development Days.

With new participants that signed up over the weekend the July Draw will have at least 128 Balls in the Bag. We will get to the magic 200 with your support. Why not get your Club to buy a ticket?

Swimming The Bosphorus

On July 21st Peter Davies will be taking on the challenge of swimming 6.5 km (4 miles) unassisted (no wetsuits) across the Bosphorus in Istanbul with a 2 hour time limit. He will be raising money for both Motor Neurone Disease Association and British Tournament Water Skiing – funds split equally. Please show your support by visiting his crowdfunding page, any amount is gratefully received!! Good Luck Pete!!! 🏊‍♂️
Bosphorus Swim – Just Giving Page

FoT 200 Club Prize Draw May 2019

The May draw of the Friends of Tournament 200 Club took place at the Bluebird Deaf Waterski Club last weekend during their Rankings List Competition. With 115 balls in the bag the total prize money was £862. 50. First prize of £431.25 went to Robert Rowlands no 36. Second prize of £287.50 went to David Frost no 24 and the third prize of £143. 75 was won by Viv Brown no £143.75. Congratulations to our winners and thank you for your continued support. The draw can be viewed on the link below. 200 Club May 2019 Prize Draw

2019 U21 World’s Team Announced

2019 U21 GB Team to attend the World Championships in Canada announced! Congratulations and best of luck 🇬🇧
We are also incredibly proud to share that Friends of Tournament will be sending £600 to each skier to assist with their costs- funds raised through our 200 Club!