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Noah Flegel is the 2011 Sports Illustrated Sportkid of the Year


Fourteen-year-old from Lighthouse Point, FL Excels at Wakeboarding & Surfing

Sports Illustrated KidsNEW YORK – Fourteen-year-old Noah Flegel from Lighthouse Point, Florida has been named the 2011 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS SPORTSKID OF THE YEAR, it was announced today during an assembly at North Broward Preparatory School, where he is in the eighth grade.
Noah FlegelThis year, Noah won the 14-and-under division at the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation World Wakeboard Championships. He also won both the World Wakeboard Association’s World and National Championships last summer (14- to 18-year-old junior men’s group) and took home third place in the pro men skim division at the World Wake Surfing Championships. Noah’s equally impressive in the classroom, where he maintains a 3.5 GPA, and is giving back to his community by organizing and cooking meals for the homeless.
“Not many fourteen year olds have a 900-degree spin and a world championship under their belt before they head to high school,” said SI KIDS Managing Editor Bob Der. “Noah’s dedication to his training and athletic excellence, balanced with a strong academic foundation and giving back to his community make him the prefect SPORTSKID OF THE YEAR.”
Noah will be honored alongside the 2011 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR at the award celebration in early December in New York City. He will grace the cover of the December issue of SI KIDS, which will be in homes in late-November and he will also appear on Cartoon Network’s “Hall of Game Awards” in early 2012.
SI KIDS received thousands of entries for the award, which was introduced in 2007, and the edit staff narrowed the field to 10 semifinalists. Through online voting, the list was narrowed to three finalists from which Noah emerged as the winner of the 2011 SI KIDS SPORTSKID OF THE YEAR.

Noah Flegel



Comments (1)

Commented on 11-3-2011 At 02:23 am

This is so awesome! I'm so stoked for wakeboarding to get this kind of exposure! Kudos to everyone else (besides myself) who voted for Noah and for you Noah for going after this challenge!! Way to represent our sport! Keep doing your thing. And grab your board homey ;)

It's interesting how a magazine as acclaimed as Sports Illustrated ran a sweet shot like this where the grab isn't exactly there. Some people would know better and maybe even the next shot in the sequence showed the grab. Who knows? It doesn't even matter because this is AWESOME!!

My point is that people bicker and nit pick at peoples' pictures in online forums about what looks cool what isn't absolutely perfect, when instead, if they were promoting could spend time going after new markets with wakeboarding and get exposure like this on a more mainstream level.. if we aren't so picky and just GO after it who knows how viral it can go!

Think of the extra number of new viewers this exposure turns out towards growing our sport. The more mainstream and household the term wakeboarding becomes the better for all of the enthusiasts and people working inside the industry. With that said I want help to reach out to Men's Health, National Geographic, Fitness, Sports Illustrated, Regis and Kelly, Travel Channel, HGTV lake edition, etc., for stories and feature content that people would appreciate. Who's with me?!

Props to you Dave Williams for what you do with the toys fundraiser. Way to bring it mainstream and show people we wakeboarders mean well and are good people representing a fantastic sport!

Let's all keep the ball rolling with wake exposure and not be so critical sometimes. Instead let's promote the positive aspects of wakeboarding- it being such a fun, awesome sport!
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