Report from the Wakeboard Worlds @ 19th Jul 2011

Reporting from Milan Meteor's Jonny Crawford, Irish National Masters Champion, was competing in the Masters Division at the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Wakeboard World Championships on the irish wakeboard team.

Up against some incredibly strong competition Jonny made it through to the last 10 in the world but sadly failed to qualify for the final 6.

The contest was held on the phenomenal water-sports site at Lago Idroscolo in Milan, Italy from the 13th-18th july with 40 countries enterng over 250 competitors.

The World Championships are held once every two years and this was the largest world wakeboard championship ever held. Jonny was competing for both individual and team ranking alongside seven other Irish team members from across ireland including fellow county men David Cotes and Paul Johnston from County Down and
Sian Hurst from County Fermanagh, Irish ladies champion as well as 4 other wakeboaders from Dublin.

The event was pulled by the new Parks Bonifay Edition MasterCraft X-Star powered by the 400hp ilmor 6.0lt click here for more

Jonny's attendance was only made possible with the support of local businesses Connect Telecom and MasterCraft Ireland as well as O'Neill clothing and wetsuits, see details below.

Jonny reported "there was a great level of competition across all divisions, it really keeps you on your toes. each competitor may be on the water on their own but the team really works together to keep each other focused and in the game"

. .. and went on to state . .

"with possible inclusion for wakeboarding in the Olympics within the next ten years this is a very exciting time for the sport. We had an incredibly strong team presence in Italy which is setting the standard for future riders and grounding the Irish reputation on a vibrant international competition scene"

Jonny thanked his sponsors Connect Telecom , Mastercraft Ireland and O'Neill Clothing and Wetsuits without whom he would not have been there and added that "Connect Telecom have a great product for keeping local businesses connected, communication is my most valuable tool and Connect Telecom have made this possible for me wherever I go"

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