Major Property Developer, Vanke, will sponsor the 2005 Vanke Waterski
World Championships scheduled to take place from August 15th – 21st in
China’s legendary rate of economic development has added a
new level of excitement and anticipation to the bi-annual Waterski World
Championships. The Dongli Lake site in Tianjin is located just 100km south east
of Beijing. As northern China’s most important trade centre, Tianjin is a major
hub for rail, international air and sea traffic. With a population of 10 million
people, temperatures at this time of the year are approximately 25C / 80Fh. The
Great Wall of China at Huangyaguan is just 120km to the north.
Dongli Lake is one of the most spectacular stages ever to
host the Waterski World Championships of the International Water Ski Federation.
This was also the venue for the successful 2002 Waterski World University
Championships. A lake side purpose designed gleaming glass structure will be the
centre of activities for the athletes, officials and organizers. From the very
beginning, the Dongli Lake itself was also designed with these World
Championships in mind.
By the evening of Sunday, August 21st, the World Champion
titles for both Men and Women will be declared in Slalom, Tricks and Jump.
However, as this is also a team event, the coveted Overall Team results will
also be known.
In 1999, Canada won the World Team title in Milan, Italy,
with a very strong Slalom performance. In 2001, in Recetto, Italy, the USA took
the World Team title by excelling in Tricks and Jump. In 2003 in Clermont,
Florida, Australia dominated in Jump but superb performances in Slalom and
Tricks gave the World Team title again to the United States.
The reigning World Team Champions, the USA, will battle
against 35 nations to try to make it three in a row in Tianjin, China. Just two
weeks ago, they announced their 2005 Team. Only one new athlete will be added to
the highly successful 2003 team – and that will be Mandy Nightingale. As the
reigning World Trick champion, this was no surprise. Brandi Hunt, Regina
Jaquess, Freddy Krueger, Jimmy Siemers and Karen Truelove will again take on the
Hot on the heels of the USA will be Canada, France, Australia
and Great Britain. Belarus could also be a surprise contender and Italy has
enormous strength in Slalom. With Australia’s Emma Sheers recovering from knee
surgery, this is a blow to the their team. Canada’s Jaret Llewellyn, plus a host
of talented Canadian youngsters will be worth watching closely. France have both
the World Trick Record holder, Nicolas LeForestier, and the World Overall Record
holder, Clementine Lucine, on board. While Great Britain will miss the retired
Slalom legend Andy Mapple, Jason Seels, Jaki Hunter and others are always a
force to be reckoned with. This Team Title contest will be a real cliff-hanger
till the end.
Correct Craft Inc. will be the official boat suppliers of
the Ski Nautique craft for the 2005 Vanke Waterski World
Championships. Celebrating 80 years of success on the water this year, the
Company has brought great innovations to the sport at major championships around
the World since 1925.
The Chinese Water Ski Federation recently launched both a
special Event Logo and also the official Event Mascot. These will be used to
promote the event both throughout China and overseas. The scores will be
published on www.iwsf.com
The Opening Ceremony also promises to be a very dramatic one.
The great culture of China will be presented in a water extravaganza on Dongli
Lake to set a high standard for the entire Championships.