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Board Approves 2015 Budget, Officers

The USA Water Ski board of directors approved the 2015 budget as presented on Sunday, Jan. 25, at its annual mid-winter board meeting in Polk City, Fla. The 2015-16 officers (as proposed) also were approved.

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Notice Of Changes To AWSA Bylaws

On Jan. 24, the AWSA board of directors voted to approve the following changes to the AWSA Bylaws: Article V section 3 to add a new section d) Executive Vice President and give them 2 points for each year of service.

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Birmingham Awarded 2021 World Games

The 2021 World Games, which includes water skiing and wakeboarding competitions, will take place in Birmingham, Ala. José Perurena, President of the International World Games Association, announced the decision on Thursday at a press conference in the Mövenpick Hotel in Lausanne. During its meetings on Wednesday, the IWGA Executive Committee had made a final assessment of the bids from Birmingham (USA), Lima (Peru) and Ufa (Russia), and evaluated the delegations’ final presentations.

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Athletes, Volunteers To Be Honored Saturday

USA Water Ski and its respective sport disciplines will honor several athletes, coaches, volunteers and ambassadors at its annual awards reception on Saturday night at USA Water Ski headquarters in Polk City, Fla. The reception, which celebrates the 2014 water ski season, will be held in conjunction with USA Water Ski's mid-winter board meetings for the 15th consecutive year. The respective award winners were selected either by the USA Water Ski Awards Committee or by the sport discipline's organization.

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In Memoriam: Show Ski Pioneer Jack Lukes

Jack Lukes, 1930-2015John "Jack" Lukes Jr., age 84, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., died Friday, Jan. 16 at Riverview Hospital. Jack was founder, charter president and lifetime member of the Wisconsin Rapids Aqua Skiers as well as the first chairman of the Wisconsin Water Ski Federation. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Water Ski Federation Hall of Fame, located at the Tommy Bartlett Water Ski Show in Wisconsin Dells. In 2010 he was the recipient of the USA Water Ski Foundation’s Award of Distinction.

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AWSA Offering Online Judges Clinic

The Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts will be hosting an American Water Ski Association online/virtual judges and scorers clinic on Feb. 7.

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Nautique Announces 2015 Big Dawg Schedule

Nautique has announced the 2015 event schedule and all-new points system for the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O’Brien. The series, now in its 10th year, is pulled exclusively by the world-record breaking Ski Nautique 200. The tour will feature four qualifying stops at premier water ski sites around the world as the top 34 mph amateur slalom skiers – age 35 and older – vie for a spot in the Big Dawg Finals.

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U.S. Wins Gold Medal At Junior Worlds

Members of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were (left-to-right): Anna Gay, Brooke Baldwin, Julianna Boskus and Nick Lang.The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and four U.S. water ski athletes won individual gold medals in respective events at the 15th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 8-11, in Lima, Peru. The United States tallied 7,564.68 points at the biennial event. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,125.05 points and France earned the bronze medal with 6,813.66 points. Athletes and teams from 21 countries competed in the four-day tournament as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake. U.S. athletes combined to win eight individual medals.

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