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WSF to Host Summit in Montreal Nov. 3

WSF to Host Summit in Montreal Nov. 3

WSF to Host Summit in Montreal Nov. 3

World Skateboarding Federation Hosts “Skate 2020” Summit Nov. 3 in Montreal

Global Series of Summits  to take place in South Africa, Canada, Vietnam, Mexico, Scotland and United States

(London, UK – October 28, 2015) — World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding, today announced it will host a series of “Skate 2020” summits, touching five continents over the next year to organize, unify and support skateboarding and prepare for the possibility of its inclusion in future Olympic games.

The summit schedule is:

Oct. 7:             Kimberley, South Africa. Hosted by the South African Skateboarding Federation

Nov. 3:             Montreal, Canada. Hosted by Canadian Skateboarding Federation

Feb. 20:           Mexico City, Mexico.  Hosted by Federación de Skateboarding Mexicano

May 7:             Vietnam. Hosted by Vietnam Skateboarding Federation

June 11:           Glasgow, Scotland. Hosted by Skateboard Scotland

July 16:            New York, United States. Hosted by World Skateboarding Federation

The first summit will took place in South Africa during the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley on October 7.  The “Skate 2020 Agenda” was introduced by WSF at the inaugural Global Skateboarding Summit in Istanbul in May and will inform the agenda for each summit.  The Skate 2020 Agenda:

  • Develop 40 National Governing Organizations over the next two years (WSF is already working with 23 countries)
  • Create a minimum of 17 WSF-sanctioned regional and national contests that feed into national championship events
  • Create and support a global youth development program
  • Create a universal scoring system
  • Host International Judging Conference (Inaugural contest to be held in October 2015 in Kimberley, South Africa to coincide with Skateboarding World Championships)

The summits will also seek to unify skateboarding, discuss ways to help grow and form local, national and international skateboarding federations and associations, to help the industry prepare for Olympic requirements such as Wada testing and gender equity, as well as discuss the framework for an internationally agreed upon format, unified scoring system, and qualifications for skateboarders to earn entry.

“There is much to be discussed in order to prepare for the Olympics. These summits will help organize federations and bring key parties together to discuss the framework for the Skateboarding World Championships and possible Olympics,” said Tim McFerran, President of World Skateboarding Federation.  “This is a huge opportunity for skateboarding and we are encouraged by the Olympic conversations taking place and think it will bring so much benefit to the skateboarders, the fans and the youth around the world who will be inspired by these incredible athletes.  We want to make sure the format is progressive and exciting, that the content production is first class and there is a transparent qualification structure and contest circuit along with unified judging and scoring systems. These summits, hosted on five continents, will bring all interested parties together to share ideas and come to agreement on these key topics. We look forward to working with all of the skateboarding organizations around the world.”

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