World Skateboarding Federation to Provide Financial Assistance to Skaters Competing in the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships in South Africa
Deadline for Travel Grant Applications is August 31
(London, U.K. – July 30, 2015) World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding, announced today it is now accepting grant applications to provide financial assistance to skaters who qualify to compete in the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa but cannot afford to travel there due to lack of sponsor or government funding. Applications must be received by August 31, 2015. The 2015 Skateboarding World Championships will be held at the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore, which runs from Wednesday, October 7 – Saturday, October 10 in Kimberley, South Africa.
“It became evident to us last year that there is a lack of organization, funding and resources in many countries in getting their top skateboarders to international events,” said Tim McFerran, president of World Skateboarding Federation. “If you’re a top skater in your country then you deserve to be in the world championships and with the support of the World Skateboarding Federation we will ensure you are able to get to South Africa to represent your country.”
The 2014 World Championships drew 37 countries from around the globe and saw 250 skateboarders compete. This year, event organizers expect to break the record for most countries represented in any contest with upwards of 50 countries projected to compete in three world championship events, including the Women’s Street Championships, Vert Championships and Men’s Street Championships.
Skaters can earn spots in the Skateboarding World Championships by finishing in the top 10 of notable international contests like the Mystic Cup, Copenhagen Pro, the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, Bryggeriet Malmo and others around the world. Top finishers from U.S. contests, including X Games, Dew Tour, U.S. Skateboarding Championships and Street League, will also earn spots in the Skateboarding World Championships.
In addition, the first day of the competition will feature an open qualifier giving skaters from around the world the opportunity to earn a spot into the Skateboarding World Championships and represent their country as they compete for the largest cash prize in skateboarding at over $500,000.
Countries and their top skateboarders are invited to email their request for a travel grant to firstname.lastname@example.org before August 31, 2015.
About World Skateboarding Federation (WSF)
World Skateboarding Federation is a governing body for skateboarding that encompasses all disciplines and their Federations including IDF, ISSA, IDSA and AIS. WSF is active in countries around the world supporting skateboarding both in grassroots programs and is the leader in providing skateboarders around the world with funds to help pay for travel expenses to attend international contests. The WSF Board of Directors are: Tim McFerran, WSF Board President, Sasha Steinhorst, United States; Maga McWhinnie, Peru; Paco Manzanares, Mexico; Lillis Akesson, Sweden; Kevin Harris, Canada; Cyrille Harnay, France; Felix Arguelles, United States; Tim Gavin, United States; Jani Söderhäll, France; Andrew Brophy, Australia; and Hans Koraeus, Sweden. WSF actively donates skateboards to youth in poverty stricken areas and supports worthwhile skateboarding organizations like Skateistan in South Africa. WSF is currently working with a number of countries, providing leadership and expertise, to help them form national federations. The mission of the World Skateboarding Federation is to promote skateboarding around the world; to grow and connect relevant skateboarders, organizations, brands and manufacturers for the further expansion of skateboarding; to assist in building quality skateparks; to provide financial assistance to top skateboarders to attend international skateboarding contests; to create a centralized judging and scoring system; and to provide a platform to create national, regional and local contests. World Skateboarding federation is a USA incorporated nonprofit 501-c-3 organization. For more information visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org.