2018 IWWF World Junior Waterski Championships Kicks Off This Week

The top 127 junior skiers from 26 countries will arrive in Toledo, Spain this week for the 2018 IWWF World Junior Waterski Championships to be held at the Sesena Waterski & Wakeboard Complex.

The new 2019 Ski Nautique will make its debut for the first time at an IWWF World Titled waterski event and the stage will be set for skiers to perform at their best.

Current IWWF World Open Women’s Trick Champion and IWWF Female Athlete of the Year, Neilly Ross (CAN), is expected to defend her IWWF World Junior trick title again. Kennedy Hansen (USA), Malaysia’s Aaliyah Yoong, who placed 3rd at the 2018 US Masters, and Stanislava Prosvetova (UKR) are also in contention for a place on the podium.

Neilly Ross (CAN) – photo by Des Burke Kennedy

Reigning IWWF World Junior Trick Champion Patricio Font (MEX), with a personal best of over 11,000 points, will be a strong favourite again to win the gold medal.  He will have the likes of Felipe Franco Belmont (PER), Federico Jaramillo (COL) and Alexander Samoilov (UKR) biting at his heels.

Luisa Jaramillo (COL), Kristen Baldwin (USA), Alexandra Garcia (USA), Kennedy Hansen (USA), Valeryia Trubskaya (BLR),  Neilly Ross (CAN) and Molly Ferguson (AUS) are expected to battle it out on the 11 metre line in the girls slalom event.

Patricio Font (MEX) – photo by Des Burke Kennedy

Boys slalom will see the likes of Griffin Stange (USA), Federico Jaramillo (COL), Pavlos Nathanail (GRE), Tim Tornquist (SWE) and Thomas Witczak (FRA), all likely to be slugging it out on the 10.75 metre line length for the gold medal and a place on the podium.

In girls jump, Sofia Maksimenkova (UKR), Sade Ferguson (AUS), Stanislava Prosvetova (UKR) and Tianna Kosek (USA) are capable of jumping over 40 metres and in contention for a podium finish.

William Roberts (USA), Alexander Samoilov (UKR), Blake Keller (USA), Will Gibson (NZL), Tobias Giorgis (ARG) and Pol Duplan-Fribourg (FRA) will be looking to jump way beyond the 50 metre mark for a place on the podium, better yet for a gold medal in boys jump.

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