Nelson Sets Two National Adaptive Records

by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports

USA Adaptive Water Ski Team member Elisha Nelson (Woodland, Calif.) set Women’s A2 national records in both tricks and jumping at the BAHA June 3-Event Summer Opener on June 12 at Bell Aqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif.

Nelson’s new tricks record of 1,180 points almost doubled her previous record. She added one foot to her national jumping record, now set at 32 feet. Nelson currently holds A2 National Records in slalom, tricks and jumping.

Nelson was born with a congenital arm amputation between her elbow and her wrist. Nevertheless, she set her records in the Women’s 3 division, competing against able-bodied women aged 35-44. Nelson also competed in the able-bodied Nor Cal State Championships Record 3-Event (placing first in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall). In July, she won tricks, jumping and overall at the Western Regional Championships, and placed second in slalom. These finishes qualified her to compete (3 events) in the 79th GOODE Water Ski National Championships. Nelson will instead stay closer to home and compete in two record-capable tournaments in California.

When skiing adaptive tournaments, Nelson skis in the A2 category, classified as those having a hand or arm disability preventing them from holding the handle normally. In contrast to the A1 category, the disabled upper limb may come in contact, directly or indirectly, with the tow handle or tow line while the skier is in the course. Athletes skiing in this category use the same equipment as able-bodied skiers and have the option of using a prosthesis.

Nelson will be competing at the 2022 U.S. Adaptive Water Ski Nationals and Team Trials, Sept. 14-17, 2022, in Paducah, Ky., vying to earn a coveted spot on the USA Adaptive Water Ski Team. Team USA, reigning world champions, will compete at the 2023 IWWF World Disabled Water Ski Championships in March 2023 at the Bridgewater Ski Club in Victoria, Australia.

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