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Active proposal to return Hydroplane Racing to Kelowna, BC

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Newspaper special section from Kelowna Race (1999) Newspaper special section from Kelowna Race (1999)
Dave Villwock wins Kelowna Race (1999) Dave Villwock wins Kelowna Race (1999)
Jorum Schramm (PHOTO - Sports for All Management) Jorum Schramm (PHOTO - Sports for All Management)

KELOWNA, British Columbia - It's been nearly a decade since Unlimited Hydroplanes thundered on the water in Kelowna, but a new promoter is working to get the boats back to Kelowna.

The last time the hydros hit the water there was in 1999.  That year, the water was rough and the event ended on shaky financial ground.  Then promoter Northstar Sports pulled out after the company said they lost more than $1 million dollars on the event over a four-year period.

Sports for All Management, a Vancouver, BC sports marketing firm, is behind the new effort.  They are hoping to hold an exhibition, featuring as many as three Unlimiteds and two of the Unlimited Lights in Kelowna's Waterfront Park on August 8-9, 2009. 

"It‘s an awesome opportunity for Kelowna to get reacquainted with unlimited hydroplanes and a great opportunity for us to reintroduce these boats into the market," Jorum Schramm, the company‘s main investor, told The Kelowna Daily Courier.

The goal would be to drum up enough interest to hold a full-fledged ABRA event in Kelowna in 2010.

AUDIO:  Listen to reporter Kelly Hayes interview with Jorum Schramm >>

"Sports for All Management was founded in 2006 by its President & CEO Jorum Schramm. Specializing in the business of event management & assessment, sponsorship, promotion execution and fulfillment," according to the company's website.  "Sports for all Management operates in Vancouver & Kelowna British Columbia with plans to expand its operations into the United States within the next 3 to 5 years."

On the company's website, it lists the Kelowna Unlimited Hydroplane Race Series under its portfolio and even has the ABRA logo on its home page.

"I think there's a good chance we'll be back to Kelowna, British Columbia," U-1 driver Steve David said recently during a radio interview with The Morning VIP Radio team.

Read full story on Steve David's comments and listen to the radio interview >>

"You think about the opportunities, increased tourism and positive economic impact and increased exposure for the city through the media coverage. The impact of an event the size and scope of Thunderfest will have on other events in a similar time frame, general park infrastructure and general community access to the park," Schramm told, an online news and information service.