Italy to host 2013 world disabled waterski championships

Words: IWWF

Following the success of the previous 2011 World Disabled Waterski Championships in West Chester, Ohio, USA, next week’s 2013 Championships in Milan will see an increase of over 25% in the number of entrants.

Kuno Ritschard, President of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has welcomed this expansion of Disabled Waterskiing. This time Belgium and Denmark will also join the entry list of 15 Countries which will include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the USA.


The Italian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation selected the Idroscalo location on the outskirts of Milan near Linate Airport in northern Italy for these Championships. Owned by the Province of Milan, it is truly spectacular. Formally opened in 1930 as a landing strip for Sea Planes, it is now used for Concerts, Festivals, Dragon Boats, Rowing, Sailing and Kayaking. Next week it will be exclusively a major international Waterski site !


The hectic IWWF World Disabled Championships timetable will kick off with Slalom on Thursday, August 29th, running all the way through to the Jump event scheduled for 12.30hrs on Sunday, September 1st. MasterCraft will provide all the World Championships ProStar 190 boats and the required technical support.


For many, both the Team Gold Medal and the Individual Overall Gold Medal are the most coveted of all. In 2011, it was the USA which took that Team Gold title, followed by Italy and France. This time around, Italy have pulled out all the stops and will have a total of nine athletes on the water. However, with twelve from the USA it is clear that they will arrive at Idroscalo with a total commitment to successfully defend their Team title.


Of the 48 athletes involved in the Championships, 32 will actually compete for the Individual Overall title. In this section, the 2011 Champions were Eamonn Prunty IRL and Delphine Le Sausse FRA. Both are now returning to defend their titles next week. Tricks and Slalom are Eamonn’s strength and so he will now hope for a good Jump performance. For Delphine, she is outstanding in Tricks and very consistent in both Slalom and Jump and will be very difficult to beat. However, watch out for Darryl Hoyle AUS and Jessica Radmilovic USA as very strong contenders for both titles.


The Judges Panel will be directed by Chief Judge Mike Wrenn AUS and his team of 16 IWWF experts are from Australia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, and USA.


You can follow all RESULTS next week LIVE here :


IWWF Facebook Page


Italian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation Facebook Page


Official Website




Thursday 29th August - Preliminary Rounds

08:00 Preliminary Slalom Seated Men/Women
12:15 Preliminary Slalom Standing Men/Women 13:30 Preliminary Tricks Seated Men
16:15 Preliminary Tricks Vision Impaired Men/Women


Friday 30th August - Preliminary Rounds

08:00 Preliminary Tricks Seated Women
09:00 Preliminary Tricks Standing Men/Women
10:00 Preliminary Audio Slalom Vision Impaired Men/Women
12:00 Preliminary Jump (1,25 - 1,50 - 1,65)


Saturday 31th August - Finals

10:00 Final Tricks Seated Women
10:30 Final Tricks Seated Men
12:00 Final Tricks Vision Impaired Women
12:10 Final Tricks Vision Impaired Men
13:00 Final Slalom Seated Women
13:30 Final Slalom Seated Men
14:45 Final Slalom Standing Women 15:00 Final Slalom Standing Men
16:00 Prize Giving Ceremony


Sunday 1st September - Finals

10:00 Final Tricks Standing Women
10:10 Final Tricks Standing Men
11:00 Final Audio Slalom Vision Impaired Women
11:10 Final Audio Slalom Vision Impaired Men
12:30 Final Jump (1,25 - 1,50 - 1,65)
16:00 Prize Giving Ceremony