Sparkling Celebration of the UIM World Champions in Monaco!
The prestigious Sporting Monte-Carlo in the Principality of Monaco was once again the stage of the annual UIM Awards Giving Gala where Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of the International Powerboating Federation UIM welcomed over 400 guests to celebrate the World Champions having emerged from the 2014 UIM racing season.
In presence of H.S.H The Prince Albert II, over fifty World Champions were joined by Sports legends such as Formula 1 World Champion and winner of the 500 miles of Indianapolis Jacques Villeneuve and former Team Ferrari F1 pilot Ivan Capelli. Other special Guests included Marius Vizer, SportAccord President and José Perurena, World Games Association President, as well as National Authorities’ and international Sports Federations’ and IOC representatives coming from the four corners of the world to celebrate the achievements of outstanding powerboating drivers in a festive ceremony, brilliantly conducted by two insiders of this sport, F1 and Xcat driver Marit Strømøy from Norway and Stephen J.Michael, powerboating journalist from the US.
H.S.H The Prince Albert II and Dr. Raffaele Chiulli opened the Awards Giving Ceremony, where Solar1 was presented with the award for “Greening the Sport”.
The evening was enriched by breath-taking musical performances of famous Romanian Tenor Marcel Pavel and the splendid and eclectic Norwegian artist Marit Strømøy, also powerboating driver and president of the UIM Athletes Committee who entertained the guests with her great talent as a singer and presenter.
UIM President Chiulli was full of praise and stated: “Once again it has been a truly amazing event and one that I am sure will be remembered well by all those who attended. In particular, I would like to express a special word of thanks to H.S.H The Prince Albert II of Monaco for honoring us with His presence at the Awards Ceremony. It is always a very special occasion when we bring together the UIM World Champions to celebrate together with so many special guests from the world of Sport what has been achieved in the year. I can only reiterate my sincere thanks and respect to the champion drivers, they are the best ambassadors for our Sport and they are the ones who keep the true spirit and values of powerboating alive.”