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Member Alert: Disciplinary Records Update

Please be advised that the following individual has been suspended Until Further Notice by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. Taylor Berndt (Fremont, Wis.) – Suspension. Accordingly, this individual is prohibited from participating, in any capacity, in any activity or competition authorized by, organized by, sanctioned by, or under the auspices of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports or the USOPC, and/or any Local Affiliated Organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sorts (including any USA Water Ski & Wake Sports associations and clubs).

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Sanctioned Events Suspended Until 5/17/20

March 18, 2020 - Based on the recent recommendations from the CDC regarding events and large gatherings, and after consultation with our Executive Committee, USOPC leadership and insurance broker, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has made the decision to suspend all sanctioned competition and activities until May 17, 2020. 

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COVID-19 Update - Hall of Fame Inductions

Given recent news regarding COVID-19 and the urging by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to cancel large public gatherings, along with the simultaneous announcement by Walt Disney World to shut down all of its theme parks, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation has made the decision to reschedule the 2020 USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony set for May 2. If you have already purchased Hall of Fame tickets, your tickets will be credited for the rescheduled date, so your tickets will remain in place. If you have not yet purchased your tickets, the foundation requests that you to wait until it announces the rescheduled date to purchase tickets.

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Statement Regarding Novel COVID-19 Virus

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is committed to supporting the health, safety and well-being of our members and the public at large. Regarding the Novel COVID-19 Virus and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports sanctioned events, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports strongly recommends that all sanctioned events scheduled over the next four weeks be canceled or postponed as a public safety measure. Local organizing committees (ski clubs) do have the final say on if an event will proceed. However, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is advising each host to strongly consider cancelation or postponement.

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USA-WSWS Board Approves Bylaws Changes

At the meeting of the USA-WSWS Board of Directors on January 26, 2020, the following changes were approved and are being brought to your attention for review per Article XI Amendments of the USA-WSWS Bylaws.

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Get On The Water Week, June 27-July 3

Get On The Water LogoUSA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce its inaugural Get on the Water Week will be held June 27-July 3. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, along with ski clubs across the country, will host free learn to ski events! USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is covering the cost of sanctioning and guest memberships for all ski clubs who participate in Get on the Water Week! The week coincides with the anniversary of Ralph Samuelson being the first to successfully water ski on July 2, 1922.

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Club Insurance Program Renewed For 2020

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and EPIC Entertainment & Sports are pleased to announce the renewal of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Club Insurance Program for 2020. The program is optional and available exclusively to USA Water Ski & Wake Sports affiliated clubs in good standing.

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In Memoriam: Sandy Schraft, 1945-2019

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is saddened to report the passing of Sandy Schraft. Schraft, 74, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 21, following a long battle with cancer. She was a beloved member of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports family of sport disciplines for many years.

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2019 USA-WSWS Award Winners Announced

Connor PoggettoUSA Water Ski & Wake Sports and its nine sport discipline organizations are pleased to announce respective award recipients for 2019. Connor Poggetto (Carmichael, Calif.) and Lexi McCauley (Winter Haven, Fla.) have been selected USA Water Ski & Wake Sports’ 2019 Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. The USA Adaptive Water Ski Team earned USA Water Ski & Wake Sports’ 2019 Team of the Year honors. Jeff Clark (Lakeland, Fla.) was selected as the recipient of the Award of Merit – the organization’s highest award for a volunteer.

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In Memoriam - Eddie Roberts, 1945-2019

Eddie Roberts, responsible for many notable innovations in water ski and wakeboard equipment, passed away on Nov. 28. He was 74. Roberts will be honored posthumously on May 2, 2020 with the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Award of Distinction at the 38th USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Orlando, Fla.

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Award of Distinction Recipients Announced

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Award of Distinction. The five recipients will be honored along with 2020 Hall of Fame inductees Shaun Murray, Mandy Nightingale and Joe Ray on Saturday, May 2 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.

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Athletes Selected For World Beach Games

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the four athletes that will represent the United States at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games, Oct. 13-14, in Doha, Qatar. Organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees, the ANOC World Beach Games will be held in conjunction with the ANOC General Assembly. Approximately 1,360 athletes representing the five Olympic continents will compete in 17 different sports, including water ski jumping and wakeboarding.

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2020 Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 inductees to the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame. Wakeboard athlete Shaun Murray, water ski athlete Mandy Nightingale and adaptive water ski athlete Joe Ray will be formally inducted into the hall of fame during the organization's 38th annual ceremony on Saturday, May 2 at Walt Disney’s newly-designed Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla. The 2020 recipients of the Award of Distinction are April Coble-Eller, Gene Davis (posthumously), Nikki Lee, Don Mixon Jr., and Eddie Roberts. Ed Brazil will be honored posthumously as the 2020 recipient of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

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U.S. Wins 8 Medals At XVIII Pan Am Games

Six U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team members combined to win eight medals, including five gold, in respective events at the XVIII Pan American Games, July 27-30, at Laguna Bujama in Lima, Peru. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team finished with five gold medals, two silver and one bronze during the four-day competition. Members of the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team were: Andrew Adkison (Chipley, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Mary Morgan Howell (Dothan, Ala.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.).

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