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Celebration For O'Brine-Satterfield Is Jan. 30

A celebration of life for Ann O’Brine-Satterfield will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, in Winter Haven, Fla. O'Brine-Satterfield, the heart and soul of UCanSki2 and a USA Water Ski Foundation Award of Distinction recipient in 2005, lost her battle with cancer on Dec. 24. O'Brine-Satterfield was the first women's disabled water ski athlete to complete a jump on the sit ski, which she did at the 1989 Disabled Water Ski National Championships. She was a five-time winner of the women’s national overall title and two-time world overall champion. In 1994, the U.S. Olympic Committee honored her as Female Athlete of the Year.

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U.S. Team Wins Gold At Disabled Worlds

In Seated Men, Poggetto won the gold medal in tricks (1,330 points) and overall (2,514.98 points), and the bronze medal in jumping (72 feet). Poggetto also earned the silver medal in men's tournament overall (among all men competitors).The U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team won the world team gold medal and six U.S. team members won individual medals at the 12th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Disabled Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 24-27, at Shortline Lake in Elk Grove, Calif.

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Level 1 Adaptive Certification Program

The Water Skiers with Disabilities Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, has created the Adaptive Water Ski Certification Program, which includes a comprehensive manual and testing materials. This manual is intended to introduce adapted water skiing equipment and teaching progressions to persons of all interests and levels of water skiing ability.

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