Olympic blow for kite boarders

21:21 12 November 2012

Exmouth

Exmouth's champions kite boarder Oliver Bridge in action

Archant

Exmouth’s champion kite surfers the Bridge family have been dealt a huge Olympic blow with the news that their sport will not now after all be contested at the 2016 Brazil Olympics.

Windsurfing will remain in the Olympic programme after the International Sailing Federation reversed a decision to replace it with kiteboarding.

Both men’s and women’s windsurfing will be retained after a vote at the governing body’s annual general meeting in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

The reversal comes after a surprise decision in May to drop windsurfing for kiteboarding at the 2016 Olympics.

The ISAF at the time described the move as a “fantastic addition” but windsurfing federations vowed to pressure sailing chiefs to reinstate their sport.

British windsurfer Nick Dempsey, who won silver at last summer’s London Olympics, condemned the decision as “bizarre” back in May.

Israel’s sailing chief Yehuda Maayan later revealed that, in voting for kiteboarding, delegates had probably been confused or did not understand the motion because of ambiguous language translations.

Among those, the Spanish Sailing Federation has since acknowledged that its representative voted for kiteboarding by mistake.

The Royal Yachting Association has been among those campaigning for windsurfing and its performance director, John Derbyshire, said: “This is what the membership of the RYA asked for. We have a very strong youth pathway and some 10,000 windsurfing members of the RYA, so on their behalf we are delighted with the decision. We obviously have great compassion towards the kiteboarding community, with whom we have been working very closely, and I am sure that they will continue to work very closely with both the RYA and ISAF families with a view to gaining inclusion for the discipline in future Olympic Games. We can now look forward to preparing for Rio 2016 with the clarity that this decision brings.”

For kite boarders though it is a big blow, Exmouth’s Steph Bridge says; “I am really gutted, as myself and Oliver (the eldest of the three Bridge boys at 15-years-of-age), clearly had a really great chance to represent GB for the men’s and women’s events at Rio 2016. Oliver will still have a huge chance when kiteboarding makes it back in 2020, but for me this will probably be four years too late. What I know is that each day I wake up and want to go kiteboarding. The passion is huge and will continue. Every athlete wants to win a gold medal but if this is too late for me, I hope I can help someone else to make this dream come true.”

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 10:42

Budleigh Salterton’s big-hitting Zimbabwean Cephas Zhuwao will make his belated debut against Barton this Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:41
Golf generic picture

In glorious May weather the DMVGA team headed into Cornwall to play the first leg of the annual match against the Cornish Seniors Golfing Association, writes Stuart MacKerrell

Read more
Wed, 22:45
Cyle Sport Dynamos Cam Pelly in action at Hatherleigh

Cam Pelly of Exmouth’s cycle club Cycle Sport Dynamo pulled off a stunning win in the regional junior road race championship at Hatherleigh on Sunday, writes Andy Waite.

Read more
Wed, 22:44
Sidmouth player Andy Mathieson bowls against Bovey Tracey at the Fortfield.. Ref shsp 5797-20-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

DEVON were left to ponder on where it all went wrong after sliding out of the Unicorns Trophy following a 46-run defeat by Wiltshire, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Wed, 22:44
Phear Park bowler Sarah Westcott

Park won by nine shots with Liz Nelson, Lawrie Harries and John Anderson (skip) finishing 10 shots ahead.

Read more
Wed, 22:44

Topsham St James Under-15s went out of the cup, beaten at home by eight wickets by near neighbours Cyst St George.

Read more
Wed, 22:44

Topsham St James U15s won their first match of the season in a 10-a-side game with Alphington.

Read more
Wed, 22:43
Madeira bowler Brenda Marks bowls in the County Over 55's at the club on Saturday. Ref exsp 6946-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, but unsettled weather is not enough to keep the ladies of Madeira away from the greens, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Read more
Wed, 22:41

Dean ‘The Cobra’ Tratt kept up his season-long unbeaten record when he defeated the much vaunted George Scutt of Sydenham ABC at the Yeovil ABC tournament held at Westlands Social Club, writes Neil Parsons.

Read more
Wed, 22:40
WithycombeRFC ladies action

The season might be over but the rugby doesn’t stop at Withycombe RFC

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder