A BLIND man hoping to set a world record for blindfolded water-skiing has already raised more than £600.
The Sentinel told earlier this week how Steve Thiele, from Audley, wants to enter the record books for water-skiing 70 miles around Anglesey and becoming the first person to complete the longest distance water-ski on open sea blindfolded.
He has asked friends and family to sponsor his attempt next year in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Ghana Outlook, a charity which helps build schools in Africa.
The 45-year-old, who lost his sight in an accident when he was eight, has now got £630 in sponsorship.
He said: "I'm pleased with how the fund-raising is going. To get £630 so quick is brilliant."
Steve, who works for Barclays Bank, has previously represented Great Britain in the World Disabled Water-ski Championships.
His employer will match fund the money he makes.
To sponsor him, visit his fund-raising website via www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk
There are three groups within the business of water skiing that require promotion and marketing for success: athletes, equipment manufactures and event promoters (all three will be referred to as marketers). Athletes need to gain notoriety & celebrity status to sell product for their sponsors, equipment manufactures need to tell the public about their products and promoters need exposure to give value to event sponsors.
A fantastic performance or event that no one sees or reads about has very little commercial or promotional value. Often top skiers attend world-class events that are basically unknown to the outside world. This is a lost opportunity for the sport as a whole and everyone who is a financial stakeholder.
The priority for all marketers should be to keep their own website current and appear on TV, in WaterSkiMagazine, and other media outlets. For day-to-day marketing, the internet is the modern channel for promoting our sport but has had mixed effectiveness and been underutilized. Skiers and event promoters often publish high quality content (athlete profiles, lifestyle stories, event news, or web-casts) on their own websites without a strategy to attract readers. As more websites are created and only updated periodically, the readership becomes fractured and the message is lost. The audience only spends a finite amount of time on the internet per day; this means that they cannot possibly find all the relevant news because that news is spread out on dozens of sites.
The key to reaching internet readers and delivering your message is publishing on a site that has constantly changing content and significant readership. BallOfSpray is an aggregate news site for all things water ski related. Because BallOfSpray republishes news from many sources, it has fresh content almost daily, bringing viewers back on a regular basis. It is beneficial for a marketer’s website to post (or repost) on BallOfSpray because the message will reach a greater audience. Additionally, posting on BallOfSpray will drive readers to a marketer’s site when new content is posted. BallOfSpray delivers between 25,000 and 35,000 unique visitors per month.
BallOfSpray can augment a marketer’s effort to promote themselves and provide greater value to their sponsors at no cost and only requires basic computer skills. For specifics on how to get your message on BallOfSpray, please contact John Horton.
Two Years ago BallOfSpray made the jump from a basic ski forum to a water ski news site. In that time the site has had almost 3 million page views and 80,000+ visitors. In those two years BallOfSpray has also seen hackers, server outages and some unfortunate miscalculations. Anyone remember “WallOfSpray”? Ooops
The forum is still the backbone site and I owe the success of the site to the core group known as the "Ballers”. I need to especially thank the guys who have been with me since before BallOfSpray was known as BallOfSpray. I also owe my wife, Gallagher, a huge thank you for editing my incoherent text and enduring my constantly obsessive behavior.
I also need to thank my advertisers and partners: WebCast-TV, 24kPR, Ski-It-Again, H2Osmosis, Reflex, Ez-Slalom, O’Brien, Razor, Radar, Goode, HD Films, Eagle & SansRival.
As always there is a plan for the future. In 2011, I hope to bring the readers more web-casts, ProSkier blogs, product reviews and water ski news. There is talk of business but more importantly, there is talk of being a positive force in the world of water skiing.
LAST weekend saw the hosting of the last water-ski competition of the year by the Namibian Water-ski Association.
The competition was held at the Namibian Water-ski Club at the Von Bach Dam.Twenty competitors from ages 12 to 46 took to the water and battled it out in the disciplines of slalom, tricks and jumps.
As the weather was perfect the whole day, good skiing resulted in six personal bests being set in slalom.The Alphons trophy for the most improved junior skier went to Chantal Wehnert who improved her personal best by a whole 8 buoys, skiing 4 buoys at the speed of 46 kmph on an 18 metre line.
Another highlight was newcomer Eckhard Waldschmidt skiing in the Senior 2 division, rounding 3 buoys at the speed of 43 kmph on an 18 m line.
A number of Namibian skiers will be making their way to Cape Town in December and again in January to take part in the Western Province Championships, which will count towards the skier’s world rankings.
GEELONG waterskiing sensation Jacinta Carroll's record-breaking year was capped with her third successive Lee Troop Award for Excellence at the Barwon Sports Academy awards last night.
Carroll, who set a new world junior jumps mark of 47.8 metres during the year, continued her meteoric rise in the sport with another dominant year at a national and international level.
The 17-year-old broke Australian under-17 girls jump record, the Australian under-17 girls overall record, set new Victorian under-17 girls trick, slalom and jump records at Lake Kereta, New Zealand, and was the Junior Moomba Masters Jump Champion. She also finished second in overall and third in slalom at the iconic Australian waterski event.
Carroll lifted her world ranking for under-21 girls jumps to sixth and to second on the ISWF ranking list. She improved her own Australian record from 45.4m to 47.8m at an event in Florida and also broke the junior US Masters jump record from 43.6m to 46.6m on the way to another title.
But her achievements didn't come without a big effort off the water, where she lost 15 kilograms after admitting to "stacking on a bit" during a break.
BSA strength and conditioning coach Chelsey Cameron said Carroll's return to peak fitness was a credit to herself.
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All six U.S water ski teams – Elite, Under 21, Junior, Under 13, Veteran 1 and Veteran 2 – competing in the 2010 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned medals at the biennial event, Nov. 22-28, in San Bernardo, Chile. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to win 67 individual medals, including 26 of a possible 48 gold medals.
The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, tallying 8,259.41 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,904.69 points and Chile earned the bronze medal with 6,421.69 points.
Members of the U.S. Elite Team were Rhoni Barton-Bischoff (Orlando, Fla.), Danyelle Bennett (Zachary, La.), Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.). Jaquess won gold medals in women's slalom (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off), tricks (7,830 points) and jumping (167 feet), and the silver medal in overall (2,867.52 points). Barton-Bischoff earned the silver medal in women's slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off). Bennett earned silver medals in women's tricks (7,820 points) and jumping (153 feet), and the bronze medal in overall (2,607.58 points). Krueger won the gold medal in men's jumping (221 feet). Travers earned the silver medal in men's slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).
The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal, scoring 7,507.16 points. Canada won the gold medal with 7,908.2 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 7,341.58 points.
Katy, Texas – Oct 15, 2011 – Katy, Texas, a suburb 20 miles west of downtown Houston, TX, will be host to the 2011 Katy Ski Jam Oct 14-15, 2011. The world’s top professional & senior tour water ski athletes will compete in traditional slalom ski and long-distance jumping events for $30,000 in prize money. Audiences on hand will be entertained by the best water ski athletes from around the world. Eagle Sports will also be showcasing different types of water sports that they support Saturday evening between 5:30pm and 7pm and will consist of the world’s best Freestyle barefoot water skiers, huge aerial acrobatics of freestyle ski jumping, hydrofoil, and wakeboard.
The 2011 Katy Ski Jam will look to attract top pro slalom ski and water ski jump athletes including top skiers such as Will Asher, World Slalom Champion, Chris Parrish, Slalom World Record Holder, Freddy (“Nightmare”) Krueger, currently World Jump Champion and World Record Holder, as well as 20 of the top senior tour “Big Dawg Slalom” skiers. Eagle Sports will be partnering with Malibu boats to insure these world class athletes are pulled by the world’s #1 selling ski boat.
In slalom skiing, athletes navigate through a six-buoy course at constant speeds of 36 mph at a initial 13-meter line. After completion of each pass, the rope is shortened to increase difficulty. In the breathtaking long-distance jumping, skiers race toward a 6-foot high ramp reaching speeds of 70 mph. World Champion Freddy Krueger, known as the “Michael Jordan of Long Distance Ski Jumping,” recently jumped a phenomenal 236 feet at the Global Invitational night finals held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Pro Tour Organizer Dana Reed is excited to partner with Eagle Sports, the Lakes of Katy, and the City of Katy to assure this event will be successful for all involved. Local and national sponsors will find the Katy area is one of the fastest growing business and family based communities in the country and prides itself on having a very diverse & world class competitive sporting atmospheres with exceptional scholastics programs.
The Eagle Sports Invitational is being organized as a family event with something for spectators of all ages to enjoy. The event is produced by Pro Slalom Events and sponsored by Eagle Sports. Concessions and parking will be organized by the Lakes of Katy Water ski Club. Finals will be held Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., with light towers lighting up the lakes it resembles an airport runway. For more information, please visit www.theproskitour.com or www.katyskijam.com
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