TAMPA/LONDON/BERLIN, November, 11th 2010: In combination with her nomination for the ISAF ROLEX World Sailor of the Year award KB4girls |
KB4girls 2010 World Tour presented at the ISAF Womens Forum
Kristin Boese honored to be the first kiteboarder nominated for the ISAF ROLEX World Sailor of the year award
TAMPA/LONDON/BERLIN, November, 11th 2010: In combination with her nomination for the ISAF ROLEX World Sailor of the Year award KB4girls founder Kristin Boese had been invited to join the ISAF Womens Forum meeting, taking place during the annual ISAF conference, to introduce her global kiteboarding project.
The presentation of the KB4girls worldwide training program for women and girls was very well received by the ISAF Womens Forum. The participants gave back significant feedback and support for the project.
Sarah Kenny from the ISAF development and youth committee says: “It was so exciting to see the work Kristin is doing to help introduce girls to kiteboarding. We know we need to keep sailing relevant to youth and women and KB4Girls is a fantastic initiative to help do that.”
Kristin Boese, founder of the KB4girls says: “First of all it was amazing for me to see the great number of women that are actively involved in the ISAF and are doing such amazing work. To be invited to join the forum and to present the KB4girls concept to them was very special to me. I was received so openly and warmly and getting such nice feedback from the women in the forum meant a lot to me. It has furthered my motivation even more to keep pushing the program forward as hard as I can. I would like to especially thank Fiona Kidd, chairwomen of the forum, for her kind invitation and for being so supportive along the way.”
On November 9th, just 2 days after the women’s forum met, Kristin Boese was presented together with 3 other female and 4 male nominees at the ISAF ROLEX World Sailor of the Year award at the stunning “Zappeion” building in Athens/Greece.
Congratulations go out to Windsurfer Blanca Manchon (ESP) and Laser Sailor Tom Slingsby (AUS) for winning the 2010 ISAF ROLEX world sailors of the year award and their amazing achievements in the sailing world.
Boese said about the award ceremony: “This has certainly been one of the most special days in my life and the award ceremony was absolutely fabulous! I feel extremely honored to have been nominated for the ISAF ROLEX World Sailor of the Year Award especially since it was the first time a kiteboarder was amongst the nominees. Thus making it an honor for kiteboarding at the same time and proving that it has been fully accepted by the ISAF family. My congratulations and deepest respect go to Blanka and Tom.”
Being asked what her thoughts on kiteboarding as a part of sailing are, Boese says: “I think taking the amazing sport of sailing with its long history and traditions and to throw the very young sport of kiteboarding into the mix is a great innovative step and I am very glad that the ISAF accepted kiteboarding as one of their sailboat classes almost 2 years ago. While kiteboarding and sailing might seem very different at first they really have so much in common and compliment each other in a way that can create even more excitement and diversity. I can only thank the ISAF for taking this step.”