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Update On 2020 GOODE Water Ski Nationals

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the American Water Ski Association (AWSA) and the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches have announced that the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches will not serve as the host of the 78th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 4-8, at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Florida. It is important to note that the Nationals event has NOT been cancelled at this time. The AWSA board of directors is actively seeking an alternate site - and alternative dates if necessary – to conduct the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament in 2020.

The South Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach have been Florida’s hardest hit areas with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed to the board of directors of AWSA, the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches said: “We agonized over our decision and this certainly was not the outcome we wanted. However, the health and safety of our competitors, officials, volunteers, and staff in these troubled times amidst the Covid-19 virus had to be our priority. We realize that the event is not until Aug. 4, but there is simply no way to tell what the accessibility status of Palm Beach County will be with this health crisis at that time. Many factors went into our decision.”

According to AWSA President Jeff Surdej, as of May 18, AWSA has since received three bids to host the 2020 Nationals - Bennett's Ski School in Zachary, La., Jack Travers International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla., and a combination bid from Roger Boskus (Elkins, Ark.) and Pickos Ski School (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) to host separate senior and junior national championships. Members are encouraged to reach out to their regional council and EVP with feedback. The AWSA board is expected to vote on the proposals on Saturday, May 23.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports suspended sanctioned events due to COVID-19 on March 18. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports began sanctioning events again starting on May 18 and released Return to Play Guidelines (PDF) for its more than 600 affiliated water ski clubs, nine sport discipline organizations and 14,000 members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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