Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Athletes compete at the 2019 Footstock Barefoot National ChampionshipsSubmitted: 08/18/2019
Peter Dubois
Peter Dubois
Reporter/Anchor
pdubois@wjfw.com

Athletes compete at the 2019 Footstock Barefoot National Championships
CRANDON - Hundreds of people braved the weather to watch the 2019 Footstock Barefoot National Championships in Crandon Sunday.

"The wind and the rain just add confusion, but it makes it interesting," said competitor Andre Devilliers. 

The event attracts athletes from around the world. 

Devilliers was born in South-Africa, where he got into the sport at age 9.


"The fun thing about this sport [is] anybody can do it," said Devilliers.

12-year-old Sophie Miljevich started barefooting only a month ago.

"I just wanted to learn how to barefoot and now here I am," said Miljevich.

Miljevich, a Rhinelander native, beat a two-time women's national champion to take the title.

"If someone wants to try it, do it. You're never going to regret it," said Miljevich.

Over 140 skiers came out to participate.

Among them was 10-time national champion Peter Fleck, who's still going strong at age 55.

"It's a lot of fun to go up against some of the younger guys and give them a hard time," said Fleck.

Although the competitive spirits were high, athletes showed nothing but respect for one another.

"People just rally around each other," said event organizer Gary Mueller. "They support each other on and off the water. That's just one of the things that makes Footstock so unique."


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

MADISON - Organizers of the World Dairy Expo in Madison have canceled this year's event because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

It's the first time the annual trade show has been canceled in its 53-year history. 

Event organizers said they made the decision Thursday because of COVID-19 travel restrictions and health orders issued by the City of Madison and Dane County. 

The event  described as the Super Bowl of dairy  attracts tens of thousands of people from around the world. 

In 2019, the event attracted more than 62,000 people from nearly 100 countries.

 Organizers say the event will return in the fall of 2021.

 But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports there are no plans to reschedule for this year.

+ Read More

MILWAUKEE - Marchers and a caravan of cars moved slowly into a western Milwaukee suburb Thursday night, but stopped short of a major mall where police were waiting.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA -
Protesters marched through the streets of Minocqua earlier this evening in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

More than 100 people showed up to the unity march in downtown Minocqua.

They carried signs protesting both police brutality and systemic racism.

The protest was entirely peaceful and protesters expressed solidarity with victims of racism.

"I feel very deeply sorry for the fear that minority groups live in and have for decades and centuries," said protester Bob Billimack.

There was no obvious police presence at the march.

Minocqua police chief Dave Jaeger told Newswatch 12 the organizers contacted him ahead of time to inform him of their plans.

He also says that he believes the protesters have a right to make their voices heard.


+ Read More

MADISON - A Rainbow Pride Flag will fly at the State Capitol Building in Madison for the month of June.

Gov. Tony Evers ordered the flag be flown over the East Wing of the capitol through June 30.

The flag order is to recognize June as Pride Month.

+ Read More

MILWAUKEE - For the first time in 53 years, summer in Milwaukee won't have a Summerfest.

The crown jewel for the City of Festivals, and the largest music festival in the United States, was canceled for the first time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday morning in a unanimous vote by the board of Summerfest's parent company, Milwaukee World Festival Inc.

"Given the information available today, and the uncertainty surrounding very large gatherings, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the festival this year," Don Smiley, Milwaukee World Festival CEO, said in a statement. "The immediate future presents multiple levels of risk for our fans, and we choose the side of safety."

Refunds for Summerfest general-admission tickets are available at summerfest.com through July 17. 2020 general admission tickets and passes will also be honored for Summerfest 2021. Summerfest officials said dates for next year will be announced in the coming weeks.

+ Read More

WISCONSIN - The U-S-D-A's Farmers to Families Food Box Program has now distributed more than five million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The food assistance program started back in mid-April when farmers started to suffer financially.

+ Read More

STEVENS POINT, WI - On Friday, June 5th after an approximately 10-month investigation, police detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the town of Dewey in Portage County. 

The search was a result of a several months long investigation into fraudulent activity conducted by a local home builder.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: