The first Bulletin containing all you need to know about the Combined National Championships will be published in the next few days but in the meanwhile please note an important schedule announcement that affects the U17 and U14 Competitors. The E&A Youth Championships are now scheduled to run from the Tuesday to Saturday in the following week with Official Familiarisation taking place on the Sunday and Monday. Consequently our squad will need to travel on the Saturday. So the U17 and U14 Preliminary Rounds will now take place on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd August.
A reminder that the British Officials Seminar will take place on Saturday 4th May at the Bentley Hotel near Hazelwoods Ski World in Lincolnshire. We will have hard copies of the IWWF World Rules, the E&A Additional Rules and the British Additional Rules combined into an A5 sized Rulebook free of charge to all who attend. The seminar is free of charge and is open to all Officials, all those wishing to become an Official, site competition organisers and anybody else who has an interest in getting involved. Details in the link below.
We rely on a small army of volunteers who organise and manage Tournament Waterskiing in the UK. These range from those who serve on our Committees, the Tournament Committee, Toutech, and Selection, our Officials, Judges, Drivers, Scorers, Homologators, and Technical Officers, and other volunteers who help out at competitions and other activities. So we are going to present a profile of some of these people over the coming months starting with one of our most experienced Judges, Jill Howard. There is a new page called our Officials & Volunteers which will hold a collection of these profiles as they are published.
The March draw took place in windy Florida with Mark Beard assisted by Mimi Newsome and Lucy Roberts in windy Florida. There were 107 balls in the blue bag this month….. three more than February. First prize of £401.25 went to Steve Sopp with ball number 1. Second prize of £267.50 went to James Timothy with ball number 67 and third prize of £133.75 was won by Andy Phillips with ball number 79. Congratulations to the winners and many many thanks to all who take part. The April draw will take our total raised so far to over £60,000 and after prizes you will have generated over £40,000 to support our sport. 👍💰
The 2019 World, E&A Additional, and British Additional Rulebooks are now available. All officials attending the British Officials Seminar on Saturday 4th May will get an A5 hard copy version of the rules. If you would like to download them now click the link below.
The Europe & Africa Officials Seminar for 2020 has been awarded to us. It will be 20 years since we last hosted this annual event that brings over 120 Judges, Drivers, Scorers and Homologators from all over Europe together for a long weekend. As well as being a very sociable occasion it is also hard working with many taking exams and session designed to improve everyones skills.
We will host the Seminar at the University of London campus at the Royal Holloway College located in Egham, Surrey from 3rd to 5th April 2020. It is a magnificent location with state of the art conference facilities and comfortable accommodation all with en-suite bathrooms. Located within walking distance of Egham with its restaurants and pubs there is also a Pub called the Packhorse owned and run by the Students Union. It is still a year away and so watch this space for detailed information towards the end of 2019. We hope that all British Officials will think about attending. You don’t have to be an International Official to come and benefit from this annual Seminar.
The 2019 World Rulebook is now available and it incorporates several rule changes that are applicable in 2019.
One significant change affects Trick 5, where reverse turns were limited to 360 degrees but may follow a 540 or 720. Now all the individual surface tricks and their reverses can be scored….and it’s no longer compulsory to have red and green flags in the boat. (This change is a little late arriving). There will be hard A5 size copies of the World, E&A and British Additional Rules available to all those that attend the Officials Seminar on 4th May.
The World Rulebook can be downloaded here:
World rules 2019
The first Bulletins for the E&A Open Championships in Sesena, Spain, the Youth Championships in Roquebrune, France and the 35+ Championships in Ioannina, Greece, have been published and are available on the links below.
• Under 18
• Currently a novice club skier
• Keen to progress and improve
• Hoping to participate in competitions
• Taking part in the Cutting Edge Programme
WE WANT YOU!
Trick ~ Slalom ~ Jump *NEW for 2019
11th May: The Water Ski Academy CIC Whitworth – Coach Nick McGarry
18th May: Church Wilne Watersports Club – Ben Turp Supported by Mark Beard
26th May: 4 Lakes Water Ski School – Coach Jamie Bloemsma supported by Mike Hazelwood
27th May: Cotswold Water Ski Club – Ben Turp supported by Mike Hazelwood
2nd June: CJM Ski & Wake – Coach Chris Mullins supported by Richie Fazackerley/ John Battleday
Spend the day with a BWSW coach for on water and off water tuition! Development Days are aimed at U18 novice skiers who are keen to improve and progress to advance to competitive tournament water skiing. It is hoped that each skier will have 4 ‘coaching sets’ lasting approximately 15 to 20 minutes each. The coach is available for advice on equipment and Tournament skiing generally. A Tournament Licence will be provided after the event. Numbers for the day will be limited to 10 participants – book your place now!
The cost of the day will be £30.
Are you ready to fly for the first time?
NEW!!! LEARN TO JUMP CAMP 2019
Charlotte Wharton of Performance Waterski & Training Centre
Hazelwood Ski World home of the headwind and the Stokes Pro Am
Tuesday 30th July
Participants will need to have attended one of the development days listed above to receive coaching in advance. You will then be required to practice these skills in your own time. You will be required to demonstrate that you have reached the approved standard prior to be taken over the jump.
The cost of the day will be £30.