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So, Team Ireland arrived back into Dublin this morning, weary but elated at their success. All in all we had six riders, supported by a team of famil and, friends making the Irish Voice Twenty strong on the shore.
The team achieved way beyond our expectations securing three finalists, one Semifinalist and two in lcq's.
Our first, and youngest rider Julian Zebedee narrowly missed a place in U14 boys semi finals, only pipped to the post by 2 points in qualifiers , Julian performed brilliantly and made us all proud.
Next we had Zack, Julian's older brother. Zack was in Junior Men, without doubt the toughest category , he was up against English, Italian, Japanese and Mexican Riders, the standard was through the roof, but Zack gave it his all, narrowly missing qualification to Semi Finals, but showing the World Stage that he is a force to be reckoned with, well done to the Zebedee Brothers.
Then we had our two Masters, David "DC" Coates, and the Peter Pan of Irish Wakeboarding, Pete Stewart. The two lads did tremendous runs, so muc so they both went straight to Semi finals, and then, having given extraordinary displays to the cheering crowd, both progressed to Finals. DC eventually achieving 5th and Pete 6th in the World, no mean feat and one that deserves our respect. Great work lads.
Next up was Nicole Carroll in open Ladies, as ever the open categories are tough from the start, Nicole hit the water on Wednesday and rode like a star, blazing her way straight to Semi Finals. Nicole was up against the odds in Semi Finals with the Virag Twins and Sanne Meijer in her heat along with Katie Batchelor. Nicole gave it socks but didn't make the cut, but has come away with 9th in the world , great achievement and one she can build on.
- there was one, Mr David O'Caoimh. David's popularity shone through on the shore, we had a steady stream of autograph hunters and selfie specialists throughout the week, a joy to behold for the shy Irishman. But, it was on the water he really showed his talents, blazing a trail through qualifiers, quarters and semis to win a well deserved place in the open Mens Finals. The final had two Australians, Italian, Israeli and Japanese riders, the creme de la creme of Wakeboard Royalty. Move 5's, Double Flips, 9's were the tricks of choice and David did what Favid does best, he entertained and gave a display of technical wakeboarding to behold. Unfortunately on the day he was squeezed off the podium but has come home with a fourth place in Open men World ranking. Unbelievable for Team Ireland, three finalists, one Semi finalist and two young riders went, and achieved not only rankings but also our deep gratitude and respect.
For a team of 6 to take the 12th place overall in team positions is an excellent result.
Thank you Julian , Zack, Nicole, DC, Pete and David, you are an inspiration to all those riders out there and source of pride to your families and friends.