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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of May 22:

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Indmar Renews Partnership With USA-WS

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that Indmar Marine Engines, the world's largest privately held manufacturer of gasoline powered inboard marine engines, will continue as a Gold Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing through 2017. In addition to its USA Water Ski Gold Sponsor designation, Indmar Marine Engines will be recognized as the title sponsor of the 43rd Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Sports Marketing & Tourism, Aug. 11-13, in Loves Park, Ill.

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In Memoriam: Willa Cook, 1928-2017

Willa Cook, a three-time world overall water ski champion, one of the greatest female show skiers of all time, and a member of the inaugural class (1982) of the USA Water Ski Foundation Water Ski Hall of Fame, passed away on Friday, April 21. She was 89 years old. Funeral Services will be held, Tuesday, May 2, at First Assembly DeLand. Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery in DeLand, Fla. The following is republished from her Water Ski Hall of Fame biography.

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Masterline Continues Support Of USA-WS

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that Masterline USA will continue as a Silver Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing through 2017.

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OJ Props Renews Partnership Through 2018

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that OJ Props will continue as a Gold Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing through 2018.

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Malibu Continues Premier Sponsorship

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that Malibu Boats will continue as a Premier Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding through 2017. In addition to its Premier Sponsor designation, Malibu Boats will be recognized as an Official Towboat Sponsor of the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 9-12, in Martindale, Texas, and the 43rd Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, Aug. 11-13, in Loves Park, Ill.

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Athletes Selected For 2017 World Games

Five water ski athletes and three wakeboard athletes will represent USA Water Ski at the 10th World Games, July 25-27, at Odra River Marina in Wroclaw, Poland. The World Games, first held in 1981, is an international multi-sport event meant for sports that are not contested in the Olympics. The water ski program consists of three-event water skiing (slalom, tricks and jumping) and wakeboarding.

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Hyndsight Vision Renews Partnership

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce its partnership with Hyndsight Vision Systems, which recently released a transformative new rear view camera and monitor system specifically designed for the boating industry, has been extended through 2017. Based out of Peterborough, N.H., Hyndsight Vision Systems will be designated a Bronze Level Sponsor of the national governing body of water skiing in the United States through 2017, and an Official Sponsor of the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships and 43rd Division 1 Show Ski National Championships. It also will be the Official Camera of USA Water Skiís 2017 Towboat Evaluations.

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HO Skis Continues As Silver Sponsor

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that HO Skis will continue as a Silver Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing through 2017. In addition to its USA Water Ski Silver Sponsor designation, HO Skis will be recognized as an Official Sponsor of national championships in three-event water skiing and USA Water Skiís National Collegiate Water Ski Programs, which includes being the Exclusive Sponsor of the Team Spirit Award in addition to providing product discounts to collegiate water ski athletes and teams.

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SafeSport: What You Need To Know

In March 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport will begin investigating and resolving alleged policy violations of the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement's 47 national governing bodies, including USA Water Ski. The Center will have jurisdiction over covered individuals, which are persons: within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of USA Water Ski; USA Water Ski or the USOC authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes or who will have frequent contact with athletes; and identified by USA Water Ski as being within the Center's jurisdiction.

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D3 Skis to Continue As Gold Sponsor

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that D3 Skis will continue as a Gold Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing through 2017. In addition to its USA Water Ski Gold Sponsor designation, D3 Skis will be recognized as an Official Sponsor of national championships in three-event water skiing and the American Water Ski Associationís National Junior Development Program.

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Nautique Renews Sponsorship With USA-WS

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that Nautique will continue as a Premier Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding through 2018. In addition to its Premier Sponsor designation, Nautique will be recognized as an Official Towboat Sponsor of the 75th and 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships and the 43rd and 44th Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, as well as an Official Sponsor of the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Water Ski Teams.

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Introducing The U.S. Center For SafeSport

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce the U.S. Center for SafeSport, located in Denver, Colo., will open in March 2017. Through its abuse prevention and response programming, the Center seeks to enable every athlete to thrive by fostering a national sport culture of respect and safety on and off the playing field.

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Board Approves New Sanction Category

The USA Water Ski board of directors has approved the creation of a new sanctioning category for Festivals and Special Events. This will allow for special events such as the Chain of Records and Janesville Water Sports Festival to be more appropriately classified.†This new classification will go into effect immediately for the 2017 season.

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