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Singapore's first-ever UIM Aquabike World Championships

Source: Fulford Public Relations

Free Trials 12 Nov 2004

Grand Prix 14 Nov 2004

More than 30 Aquabike pilots will race in front of Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island from November 12-14, 2004 for the first-ever UIM Aquabike Class Pro World Championships to hit Asia.

This three-day event is integral to the World Championships points systems and Singapore has been chosen as the first Asian location to host the inaugural Grand Prix of Asia.

Organizer CEO of Independent Sports Marketing Pte Ltd, Giancarlo Tschuor was upbeat, “We are bringing this exciting, fast paced and dynamic event to Singapore this year to literally give the public the opportunity to enjoy a water sports activity like no other.

"We fully intend to bring this sport back in 2005 in a much bigger capacity and we’re currently considering holding it at the same time as the UIM F1 Powerboat Championship to provide an exciting water festival as part of our efforts to ensure Singapore becomes the water sports capital of Asia.”

The Singapore Powerboat Association is integral to bringing this event to Singapore.

Commented Justin Lee, President of the SPBA, “Aquabiking is a very popular sport here and although at this stage there are limited areas where people can freely race on the water, we hope this event will open up opportunities to race in new and exciting places and build awareness of this very dynamic and affordable sport. We’re really looking forward to develop the sport here further”

The free trials start on Friday 12th November 15:00-17:00 hours followed by qualifying races on Saturday including the Ski division, the Runabout 1200 and the Freestyle where spectators will be treated to daredevil stunts.

The UIM Aquabike Class Pro World Championship Grand Prix of Asia, Singapore takes place on Sunday 14 November at 13:00 through 16:00 followed by podium presentations at 16:30.

Singapore’s very own Siloso beach at Sentosa has been picked as the perfect setting to watch this exciting premier event, with its tropical location, outstanding scenery and excellent views of all the action from the long stretch of beach.

“We are delighted to support this event in Singapore. In recent years, Siloso Beach has welcomed many high profile national and international competitions including the Osim Singapore International Triathlon (2002), the AXN Challenge - Singapore Adventure Quest (2003) and the Singapore Biathlon (2002, 2004).

"This popular playground began pumping up the action when it unveiled a S$20million redevelopment plan last year to introduce a host of new quality entertainment, food, beverage and retail offerings, so this event will naturally add to the character of this active beachfront. We’re looking forward to welcoming the international racers to our corner of Singapore!” commented Mr Kelven Tan, Product Management Director, Sentosa.

The action packed three day event has the full support of the Singapore Tourism Board as well as the Singapore Sports Council. Providing enjoyable and spectacular sporting events is high on the list of priorities for the Singapore Sports Council and this event proves to be no exception, especially since it is the first ever event of its kind in Asia.

Terence Khoo, Singapore Sports Council's Director for Sports Business explained, "We’re delighted to welcome a major world-class sporting event to our shores. This fast-paced and exciting event makes for a thrilling addition to Singapore’s calendar of international sporting events and contributes to our goal of positioning Singapore as an international sports hub.”

Didier Navarro is among some thirty Aquabike pilots who will be competing in this exciting event. He boasts 5 World Championship titles and 6 European Championship titles in the Runabout and Ski divisions. Didier is a true daredevil on the water.

Said Promoter of the event, Mauro Ravenna, “We are honoured to race in Singapore and to bring so many outstanding athletes in the world of Aquabikes to the waters of Sentosa. We’re all really looking forward to an exciting race line up.”

Catch the action on Siloso Beach, Sentosa from November 12-14, 2004.

Content Contributor: Fulford Public Relations

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