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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of June 19:

1. The 17th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, a two-round world record capability water ski competition, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Ski Chaste Lake in Axis, Ala. The event, hosted by the Ski Chaste Water Ski Club, will feature Junior Men and Junior Women divisions (ages 17 to 21), in addition to Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Nearly 50 of the world's top junior water ski athletes are expected to compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. For more information on the Junior U.S. Open, click here.

2. The road to the Division 1 and Division 2 Show Ski National Championships continues this weekend with the Southern Region Show Ski Championships in Oldsmar, Fla., and the Mercury Open in Janesville, Wis. The Southern Regionals will include the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show Team, Lakeland Water Ski Show Team, Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Southern Extreme Water Ski Team and the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team. The Mercury Open will include the Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team, Mad-City Ski Team, Wonder Lake, Backwater Gamblers and Five Seasons Ski Team.

3. If you are in the Pacific Northwest, the place to be this weekend is the Hilltop Pro Am 1 and Hilltop Pro Am 2 Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Wash. Sponsored by Goodmans Ski & Sport, Inc., pro slalom skiers Jon Travers, Will Asher and Nick Adams are expected to compete.

4. The 2017 Avon Self Storage Northeast Slalom kicks off Sunday with the Old Farms Spring Classic in Avon, Conn. NESS features two divisions of competition – Men and Women (juniors inclusive) – using NOPS points to level the playing field among speeds and determine placements. So, all males will ski against each other in one division, while all females will ski against each other in the other division. At the conclusion of the series, the top 50 percent of series participants in each category (Men and Women) will qualify for the head-to-head, cash-prize series championship. Additional events include the Twin Lakes Regional Tune Up (July 8-9) in Monroe, N.Y.; John’s Lake 115 (July 22-23) in Wantage, N.J.; Eastern Regionals (July 27-30) in Monroe, N.Y.; Dubes Pond Slalom Classic (Aug. 19) in Hooksett, N.H.; and the Tom Costello Alan Rossi Vermont Championships (Aug. 26) in Montpelier, Vt. Visit www.waterskitheeast.com for more information on the series.

5. The SafeSport issue has been at the highest priority level for the United States Olympic Committee and a number of the sports under its umbrella. The U.S. Center for SafeSport is now a fully functioning entity and provides education and training about both abuse prevention and response. It has exclusive authority to investigate and resolve possible sexual misconduct violations for all national governing bodies. All NGBs, including USA Water Ski, are required to participate in the program. USA Water Ski recently created a SafeSport Brochure (PDF) to provide education and awareness on the issue. You can view and download the brochure by clicking here (PDF). Visit USAWATERSKI.org and click on the SafeSport Program link on the left side of the Home page for additional resources on the SafeSport Program.

                                                         – Scott N. Atkinson

Scott N. Atkinson is the director of communications at USA Water Ski – the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States – and the editor of The Water Skier magazine, USA Water Ski's official publication. Follow @WaterSkier_Mag on Twitter and Instagram.

























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