David O’Caoimh, from Killiney in Dublin, has taken the Bronze Medal in Wakeboarding at the World Games.
O’Caoimh delivered spectacular passes with spins and inverts to get through to the Finals and managed to beat athletes from seventeen other countries to take the Bronze at the 9th World Games currently being held in Cali, Colombia. The World Games attracted some 4,500 athletes from over 100 countries representing 31 sports and one million people lined the streets of Cali for the Opening Ceremony.
O’Caoimh is four times Irish Open Champion and has won Silver and Gold Medals (Junior) in the European and World Championships in the past two years, together with a fifth place finish at the World Cup. He has been on the water since he was five years old and has been travelling and training all year in preparation for the World Games. He is delighted that his persistence paid off. O’Caoimh said:
‘I am so happy to have taken Bronze. It was a very tough competition so I’m thrilled to have made the podium. I’m really looking forward to the World Championships in South Korea next month. I’d also like to thank my sponsors, Billabong, O’Brien Wakeboards and Monster Energy for all their support. ’
*Wakeboarding, which is the fastest growing water sport in the world, is derived from a combination of waterskiing, snowboarding and surfing. It involves the wakeboarder being towed behind a specially designed speedboat at speeds of 20 to 25 miles per hour. The wakeboarder uses the wake of the boat to perform flips, spins and combinations of both. There are an estimated 30 million active water-skiers and wakeboarders globally