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U.S. Team Earns Silver At Disabled Worlds

The U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team earned the world team silver medal and seven U.S. team members won individual medals at the 13th Disabled Water Ski World Championships, presented by the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund, April 27-30, at the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Center in Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia. Australia won the gold medal and Italy earned the bronze medal. The U.S. team was seeking to win its fifth consecutive world team gold medal. Australia, which placed third in 2013 and second in 2015, won its first world team gold medal.

Fourteen athletes represented the 2017 U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team at the biennial event. More than 40 athletes from 10 countries participated in the championships.

Within each event (slalom, tricks and jumping), athletes were grouped into the three categories of seated (paraplegics and quadriplegics), standing (arm and/or leg disabilities with or without prosthesis) and vision impaired (partially or totally blind). Each competitor in the three categories was awarded in each round of each event a certain number of points according to the relationship of his/her score to the minimum score needed to set or equal a world record in the event for the same disability category and gender as it stood on Jan. 1, 2017.

U.S. team members earned a total of 17 individual medals, including eight gold medals, four silver medals and five bronze medals.

Members of the U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team were: David Carter (Dallas, Ga.) Seated Men; Nicholas Fairall (Andover, N.H.) Seated Men; Chad Guzman (Gilbert, Ariz.) Seated Men; Elijah Hager (Alexis, N.C.) Seated Men; Katie Mawby (Grand Haven, Mich.) Vision Impaired 2/3 Women; Robbie Parks (Lexington, N.C.) Seated Men; Connor Poggetto (Carmichael, Calif.) Seated Men; Joe Ray (Wilsonville, Ala.) Seated Men; Mike Royal (Magnolia, Texas) Vision Impaired 1/Blind Men; Sarah Switzer (Madison, Ala.) Seated Women; Craig Timm (Center City, Minn.) Arm Amputee Men; Kerri Vanderbom (Birmingham, Ala.) Seated Women; and Chuck Wesson (Charlotte, N.C.) Seated Men.

Guzman earned the bronze medal in Seated Men slalom (4.00/46); Mawby swept gold medals in Vision Impaired Women slalom (5.50/28), tricks (580 points), jumping (48 feet) and overall (1,656.09 points); Poggetto earned the bronze medal in Seated Men tricks (1,340 points) and the silver medal in overall (2,546.48 points); Royal earned the silver medal in Vision Impaired Men slalom (5.50/58/18.25); Switzer earned the bronze medal in Seated Women overall (1,822.52 points); Timm swept gold medals in Standing Men slalom (2.00/58/18.25), tricks (860 points), jumping (90 feet) and overall (2,096.51 points); and Vanderbom earned silver medals in Seated Women tricks (740 points) and jumping (46 feet).

In Men Tournament overall (combing all divisions), Poggetto earned the bronze medal. Switzer earned the bronze medal in Women Tournament overall.

The team staff included Geneva Brett (Los Banos, Calif.), manager, Matt Oberholtz (Oroville, Calif.), coach; Dr. Keith Barbour (Monroe, Mich.), team physician; and Jennifer Moore (Charlotte, N.C.) and Jessica Van Dyk (Belding, Mich.), assistant managers.

For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=D-17IWWFD01&page=TimeTable.





















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