WSF to Host Judging Conference, Coaching Clinic and Financial Seminar in South Africa during Skateboarding World Championships Oct. 7-10
(London, United Kingdom – October 7, 2015) — World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding announced it will host a series of educational seminars during the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa Oct. 7-10.
WSF will host a coaching clinic and judging conference during the Skateboarding World Championships. With keynote speakers including Rob Meronek and Ryan Clements from The Boardr, the judging conference will teach best practices and also introduce the instant scoring app developed by Meronek that has transformed the way skateboarding contests are scored today. WSF will offer a coaching certification program for those seeking to start coaching programs in their own communities.
“When I first met Rob and Ryan back in 2008, judging was done on a hand written piece of paper and skaters waited as long as 15 minutes between rounds for results,” said WSF President Tim McFerran. “We talked back then about the need for an instant scoring system and being the whiz that he is, Rob went out and developed it. It’s now being used in some of the biggest contests around the world and is, in my opinion, the best instant scoring system in the industry. One of World Skateboarding Federation’s key goals is to develop a unified scoring system and to then teach other federations and organizations around the world how to use it. This judging conference is just the first step towards that goal.”
WSF will also host a financial seminar specifically for skateboarders. Brandon Burton, CEO of online financial education company Securing Life Today, will discuss financial strategies for skateboarders covering topics including investing, financial management and preparing for retirement. Burton has created a website that allows individuals to manage all their investments and personal finances on their phones.
“Skateboarding has always been a passion of mine. During some of the roughest times of my life growing up, skateboarding gave me a feeling of freedom,” said Burton. “My company has created a financial education site to help people take control of their finances in a way that works with their lifestyle – anywhere and on the go. I feel privileged to be working with the World Skateboarding Federation, the only organization that I know of that is helping skateboarding on a global basis and making sure that the skateboarders’ financial security is a top priority.”
Financial Seminar – Thursday, October 8 at 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. SAST at Protea Big Hole
Judging Clinic – Thursday, October 8 from 9 a.m. – noon SAST at Protea Big Hole
Coaching workshop – Thursday, October 8 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Village Skate Park