POSTED: Thursday August 2nd 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KB4girls GLOBAL event in Lancing celebrates the Games and raises funds for St. Barnabas House in memory of Fiona Claisse
Kiteboarding was recently recognized as a discipline on the Rio 2016 Games program under the sport of sailing
High resolution pictures of the KB4girls tour are available here: http://www.kb4girls.org/media/media-pictures-for-download.html
LONDON/TAMPA: For the third year in a row, Lancing, on the South Coast of the United Kingdom, hosted a KB4girls GLOBAL event. Once again the event turned out to be a true success to promote the sport and to celebrate the new Olympic distinction.
KB4girls was recently recognized by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) as an official development program to promote participation of women and girls in the sport of kiteboarding.
Kicking off on the same day as the London 2012 Olympic Games, this year’s KB4girls event in Lancing was made an Olympic Theme event. The female kiters partied in Olympic Costumes at night and also followed the Olympic spirit during the day.
In a fun KB4girls Games themed event, including a big air competition, a team relay race and time trials, the ladies showed an incredible amount of kite skill, ambition, fairness and team spirit. Thanks to Richard Gowers of the BKSA (British Kitesports Association) who organized and ran the fun competitions, the participating girls enjoyed every minute of it as the Olympic vibe during the first weekend of London 2012 transcended to Lancing beach.
In addition to all the good sportsmanship on the water, the participating female kiteboarders also teamed up on land, raising money for the St. Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing in memory of Fiona Claisse. Fiona, a passionate kiteboarder herself and friend to many of the participating women, received incredible support by the Hospice before she was tragically taken by cancer last year. Supported by Fiona’s husband Rob, the KB4girls participants are showing their appreciation for St. Barnabas and will continue fundraising for the hospice until August 15, 2012.
Participants as well as organizers greatly enjoyed the activities and Emily Thomas, participating in the event, said: “Thanks so much to all who organized and went to the Lancing KB4girls weekend, it was simply the best! Amazing kiting and good times…I'm feeling a bit worn out now but so happy!”
KB4girls founder and President Kristin Boese stated: “Another absolutely incredible community effort has created another very special event. I can’t thank our local ambassadors Andrina Kelly and Jo Malyon enough for all their hard work. Also the support from the BKSA has been second to none and it is really great to see how much effort they put into supporting females in the sport.”
A big thanks goes to the supporting local partners BKSA, Brighton Kitesurf Academy, Lancing Kitesurf Club, New Sussex Hotel, Kiteworld, Kitegirl, Progression as well as our local chapter ambassadors Jo Malyon and Andrina Kelly, kite trainers Sarah Craddy and Hen as well as volunteers Frazer Steward, Rob Claisse, Karl, Lee, Anny, Patrick and Vic, Jess, Kevin and Natasha.
The KB4girls foundation is supported by Best Kiteboarding, DaKine, and Baby-G and strongly encourages other brands within the kiteboarding industry to support the cause for the development of female kiteboarding.
The 2012 KB4girls GLOBAL calendar reads as follows:
March 10 to 11, 2012 Sydney, Australia
March 13 to 15, 2012 KTA Pranburi, Thailand
April 28 to 29, 2012 San Francisco, USA
June 15 to 17, 2012 El Gouna, Egypt
July 27 to 29, 2012 Lancing, Great Britain
September 21 to 23, 2012 Dream Extreme Montauk/NY, USA
The 2012 KB4girls LOCAL CHAPTER event calendar with over 80 events and can be found at:
KB4girls stands for “Kite Boarding” 4 girls as well as “Kristin Boese” 4 girls and was established by 9x Kiteboarding World Champion Kristin with the goal to empowers females through the sport of kiteboarding. While KB4girls GLOBAL clinic events gives female athletes from around the world the chance to get together for a fun and motivating experience and to push their kiteboarding skills to the next level, the KB4girls CHAPTERs connect to females on a more local level within their female get-togethers that help build strong female kite communities and also invite new girls into the sport.
As a non-profit organization KB4girls also strives to support local charities that reach out to females in need. Fundraising for chosen charities is done at the KB4girls GLOBAL events and 100% of the funds go to the beneficiary.
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Name: Kristin Boese
Organization: KB4girls Foundation
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