Eight U.S.Athletes To Compete In Cable Wakeboard World Championships

The International Team Selection Committee of USA Wakeboard has selected eight U.S. athletes to compete in the fourth annual Cable Wakeboard World Championships, July 26-30, in Feldkirchen, Austria. The athletes were selected based on their performance at cable wakeboard tournaments throughout the 2006 season, including the Cable Wakeboard National Championships.

"With the rise of cable wakeboarding across the globe, we are proud to have eight U.S. riders represent the United States at the 2006 Cable Wakeboard World Championships in July," said Steve McDermeit, USA Water Ski's executive director. "We expect top-notch performances from these athletes at the event."

U.S. athletes selected to compete at the Cable Wakeboard World Championships are: Rob Mapp (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Donald Shelbrick (Boca Raton, Fla.), Open Men; Marc Shuster (Delray Beach, Fla.) and Diego Shaw (Boca Raton, Fla.), Junior Men; Lu Le (Orlando, Fla.), Masters Men; Heather Johnson (Orlando, Fla.), Junior Women; Josh Bank (Boca Raton, Fla.), Boys; and Melanie Chojnacki (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Girls. Alternates include: Josh Rice (Canyon Lake, Texas) and Keith Lidberg (Orlando, Fla.), Open Men; Sascha Peschl (Lauderhill, Fla.), Junior Men; and David Cornwall (Orlando, Fla.), Masters Men.

USA Wakeboard is one of nine sport disciplines of USA Water Ski. USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Water Ski Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. With more than 40,000 members, USA Water Ski is the largest water ski federation in the world.