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Five Things To Know This Week

Here's what you need to know for the week of Sept. 26:

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Aussies Sweep Wakeboard World Cup Titles

Australians Cory Teunissen and Amber Wing won the men's and women's wakeboarding titles, respectively, on Sunday at the IWWF Wakeboard World Cup event in Linyi, China. Teunnissen won the men’s title scoring 89.78 points while Wing scored 61.67 points in winning the women’s title.

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Pan American Water Ski Teams Selected

Six U.S. Water Ski Teams have been selected to compete in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Nov. 14-20, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The teams – Under 13, Junior, 17 to 20, Elite, Over 35 and Over 45 – were selected based on a pre-determined selection criteria approved by the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee and board of directors.

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HQ Job Opening: Director of Marketing

USA Water Ski headquarters is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Partnerships and Marketing. The Director of Partnerships and Marketing leads the sales efforts for USA Water Ski relative to sponsorships, licensing and royalty partnerships, advertising for The Water Skier magazine and USAWATERSKI.org, and corporate alliances for membership benefits. Responsibilities include maintaining industry relationships as well as the fulfillment and execution of our advertising and sponsorship agreements. An additional primary responsibility is implementing a marketing platform for the promotion of all USA Water Ski sport disciplines. The position is located at USA Water Ski headquarters in Polk County, Fla.

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Foundation Announces 2017 AOD Recipients

The USA Water Ski Foundation's Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. Ralph Armstrong, Nick Barron, Rob Bemman, Joy Kelley and Gary Thompson will be honored for their extraordinary contributions to our sport on April 29 at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., at Walt Disney's World Show Place Pavilion at Epcot. They will be honored along with 2017 Hall of Fame inductees Brenda Nichols-Baldwin and Rachael George-Normand.

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Videos Posted For Aspiring Tricks Judges

Trick videos are now posted under the Officials' Resources drop-down menu on the 3-event water skiing page to allow everyone to practice calling tricks and hone their skills. There is a 3,000- to 5,000-point category good for advancing to Regular and most Class C tournaments, and a 6,000- to 9,000-point section for advancing to Senior and most E & L tournaments. All trick runs include the scorer's point tabulation so you know how you did. A similar (not duplicated) list exists for AWSA's Regular and Senior Practical Test.

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U.S. Wins Gold At 35+ Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and 26 U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn 40 individual medals, including 14 gold medals, in respective events at the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 14-18, at the Seseña Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain. The United States tallied 12,239.46 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. France earned the silver medal with 10,228.02 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 9,721.30 points. Athletes and teams from 28 countries competed in the five-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

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Gators Win Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals

The University of Florida wakeboard team won the national title at the 16th Collegiate Wakeboard National Championships, Sept. 15-17, in Orange Beach, Ala. The Gators tallied 468 points in winning their second consecutive title and fourth overall in the history of the event.

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U.S. Wins Title At World Show Ski Tournament

The USA Water Ski Show Team successfully landed a seven-man front flip on both days at the 3rd World show Ski Tournament in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.The USA Water Ski Show Team won the team title at the 3rd IWWF World Show Ski Tournament, Sept. 10-11, at Red Sands Beach on Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. The World Show Ski Tournament featured all-star show ski teams from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada and China. The USA Water Ski Show Team scored a grand total 1,944.92 points in winning its third consecutive world team title. Australia finished runner-up with 1,794.94 points, followed by Canada (1,684.32 points), China (1,585.30 points) and Belgium (1,540.18 points).

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U.S. Team Wins Gold Medal At FISU Worlds

Dane Mechler won the gold medal in men's slalom.The U.S. World University Water Ski Team won the gold medal and U.S. team members Dane Mechler (Loveland, Ohio) and Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) won individual gold medals in respective events at the 2016 FISU World University Water Ski Championships, Sept. 6-11, in Akita, Japan. The World University Championships (WUC) is a series of events organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). First launched in 1963, the 2016 WUC program includes 33 different sports, including water skiing, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing and others.

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