News reached the public yesterday concerning the decades long Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel show scheduled for February, 2021. The show has been cancelled due to issues with the Corona Virus / Covid 19. This show began in the 1950's and continued without interruption for approximately 70 years. Further research reveals that all of the mid western boat shows have been cancelled......Cincinnati, Chicago, Louisville, etc. This event will be sadly missed as it was a magnet for groups of friends to gather and meet, to dream/look forward to the coming spring and boating, fishing, water sports weather, etc.
Looking forward to a Covid 19 free world!
Perseverance........the Cross boys will NOT give up.
While this year has not been an easy one, the Cross family have definitely had their share of hurdles to overcome.
It honestly started as a pretty decent season and Son Charlie found himself skiing into his seeding of 2nd place at the Midwest Regional Tournament. They traveled to LA for Nationals with high hopes of a decent placement for Charlie, to find that coming to a quick halt when he missed the gates of his first pass. He held his head high like a man, came home ready to prepare for the next year, quickly making passes at 36 mph. Two days later, that came to a screeching halt when Dad Jeff had a freak accident, resulting in a rare, very serious injury and surgery. Knowing he had a tournament coming up that he was leading, Charlie was determined to make it happen and make it great. 7 days later, he found himself being pulled out of the water with a pretty serious injury too, resulting in surgery and a quick end to his season, as well. It didn't stop either skier. They both were determined to fulfill their commitment to their lake and broader ski community and found a way, with some help, to finish preparing for and hosting a record tournament, resulting in 2 records. Both have continued to rehab and prepare themselves for next ski season. Let us not overlook the influence of a strong, supportive wife and Mom, Jill and the support from the Champion Lake community.
Cross Family Strong!
We would like to wish our IWSA Family a safe and very Happy Thanksgiving.
Stay Positive and Test Negative!
The latest in Indiana Water Skier Recognition follows. I hope this one puts a smile on everyone's face when reading!
This week's featured water skier is Hudson McCullough. Hudson started his passion for skiing at the tender age of 9 months on a Zip Sled in the Heritage Lake Ski Parade! Skiing on 2 skis was accomplished at 3 years and on a slalom at 5 years! He started competing on the slalom course at 6 and skied his first tournament at his home site Kodiak Lake. Hudson skied in the 2020 Indiana State Championships held at Hawthorn Lake and, I believe the September Champion Lake event. Hudson has many fans and one of his many highlights included being taught to barefoot by Cale Burdick and Nate Smith. Hudson enjoys baseball when he is not on the water. Keep skiing Hudson!
This week's IWSA Water Skier Recognition award goes to Samantha Hoops. Samantha completed a noteworthy 2020 experience. Samantha has skied in the Indiana State Tournaments since she was 8 years old! The 2020 Indiana State tournament, although unique, was one she is very proud of. She earned 1st in jump, 1st in trick, 2nd in slalom, and 1st overall. She also set the state overall record for girls 3. At the Mastercraft Midwest Regionals, she placed 2nd in jump, 2nd in tricks, 2nd in slalom, and 1st Overall.
At the Goode Waterski Nationals in Louisiana, she placed 2nd in jump, 3rd in trick, 3rd in slalom, and 2nd Overall. In her spare time, she is quite proficient on the baseball field! Her favorite places to ski are Hawthorne Lake, Kodiak Lake, and at her home on Heritage Lake. Congratulations Samantha!
To all you interested parties out there......keep the skier recognition nominations coming! It's my goal to publish one article per week. Dave Jarrett
The second on our series of Water Skier Recognition sponsored by IWSA. We hope you enjoy.
Remember to send in information for your favorite IWSA water skier, worker, fan!
A most deserving candidate for recognition is Don Bucher. Don is the biggest supporter for the Sport of Waterskiing. He shares his love for the sport even when he is injured right before the big tournaments and unable to ski. He still travels miles to cheer his Indiana skiers on. Of course, he has to follow his grand children but is a supporter for all of our Indiana skiers. He is always the first person to volunteer to judge or work any event or tournament possible. Even when he is off the water, he is cheering each and everyone hoping they do their best! He truly loves sharing his passion for the sport. If you even say the word waterskiing to Don, he will talk hours with you about the sport!
We are pleased to report that we are beginning to receive replies to our IWSA Members Recognition request sent out last week. Keep 'em coming folks. We look forward to publishing interest articles about water skiers in Indiana!
Our first candidate is Jenna Gilbert from Ft. Wayne. Due to pharmacy residencies in Kansas City and Lexington KY, Jenna was essentially out of skiing in 2016 and 2017, and much of 2018. It was only last year that Jenna started hitting it again. But with a new job (with lots of hours) at Parkview Health Systems taking up a lot of her time, 2019 was more of a "recreational" skiing year for Jenna than a "competitive" one. Then, 2020 hit. Jenna set her goals with much hard work to regain her former skiing-self. Jenna skied and skied, studied and studied (technique) and simply never gave up on her quest to get back to Nationals. And with a 3rd place finish at Nationals, did she ever! Dedication, perseverance, and a super work ethic paid off! Unfortunately, water skiing is a sport where a 2-3 year "pause" often means "it's over." Jenna could have worked anywhere in the US, but she elected to come back to Ft. Wayne because her passion for water skiing was still burning hot. We're confident that Jenna could be a future IWSA leader. We all hope Jenna will continue her passion for water skiing and become more involved with IWSA.
Jenna Gilbert, dark blue top, 2nd from right
Indiana Halloween skiers enjoy the sunny day!
Shannon and friends on Raccoon Lake, Bryan and Dave on Cordry Lake, Mike and friends on Brewski Lake.
Who said it’s time to winterize boats?!
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