Message from the Chairman, March, 2015

Thing are heating up with our festival coming up in July!

We have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we have everything in order for festival registration, and it is now live! Not only that, but our new website is also officially up and running. This gives a much needed update to our website interface, and our new system will make the festival registration process much more streamlined. We still have things to add to the site in the coming weeks but everything is definitely moving fast and in the right direction. This has been a long time coming, and we are very excited about this change!

Speaking of the festival, I have great news to share for those competing or considering competing in the stage championships this year. Thanks to a generous donation by anonymous donor Unna Med (unnamed), we are pleased to announce that we will have an increase in prize money this year! Per our donor’s suggestion, we have revised our prize money ratios from 4-2-1 to 5-2-1, with every place receiving a financial boost, for a championship prize money total of $6800, an increase of $2425. For those curious, the new prize money amounts are as follows:

Individuals: $1,500, $600, $300
Teams: $2,000, $800, $400
Juniors: $750, $300, $150

Thank you very much to Unna Med for this great gift to help reward those who train so hard to compete!

In other IJA news, our Wes Peden and Tony Pezzo members-only release of “The Devilstick Video” has been a huge success! We are very happy that IJA members are enjoying our rapidly growing members’ exclusive video library, and we are already planning for more great exclusive content. Is there a particular type of video content you would like to see? Feel free to drop me a line, and let me know what kind of juggling content appeals to you. I’d love to hear your feedback.

It’s also that time of year again: IJA Board Nominations are open. If you’ve ever wanted to help out with the IJA or know someone who you feel would be a good fit for the organization, this is a great opportunity to help give back in a very rewarding and positive way. Just take a look at the recent article by David Cain that demonstrates the amazing past of the IJA in its early days. Don’t be shy if you are interested in coming on board, you could become a part of IJA history.

To submit a nomination or for board questions, please write to: nominations@juggle.org.

Juggle on,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

Nathan Wakefield

Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. Currently, he is The Chairman of the International Jugglers' Association. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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