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IWWF Names Chris Stout & Natalia Berdnikova – Athletes of the Year

On 11th January 2012, the IWWF announced (here) that Australian Chris Stout from Racing and Belarusian Tournment skier Natalia Berdnikova had been selected as 2011 IWWF Athletes of the Year.

Chris is the first Racer to be named IWWF Athlete of the Year and it’s a fitting close to 2011 for the 23 year old from Sydney who first started winning world titles in 2003 when he became the Junior Boys World Champion at Long Beach, USA. He followed that by becoming the Men’s F2 World Champion in 2007 at Rotorua and Taupo in New Zealand and then he became Open Men’s World Champion at Moreton Bay, Australia in 2011.

2003, 2007, 2011 …a tremendous example of a consistent rise to the top of the world in all of water ski racing’s categories at world level. Not to mention dozens of other wins across Australia, USA and Europe.

Natalia Berdnikova won 1st in Tricks and 2nd in the jump at the 2011 Moomba Masters with a string of 1st and 2nd spots, and became World Champion in Tricks, Jump and Overall in Tournament. She followed this by securing the World Cup in Jump and set a new World Jump Record.

Chris Stout - 2011 IWWF Mens Athlete of the Year - photo by Wim Lamot

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