Skier Recognition Jerry Hodges
This week's Skier Recognition Honoree is a "behind the scenes" IWSA member and water skier. I think the most significant attribute is "he loves water skiing!" Jerry Hodges is an Indiana transplant from Oklahoma/Kansas from roughly 20 years ago. He is a life long recreational skier that caught the disease of skiing the course when he appeared at the Fairland Monday Night Ski series in 2005 and then became active with the White River Indy Skiers when they formed. You could find him and his boat on White River nearly every weekday evening and weekend, skiing and pulling skiers. The Indy Skiers did organize several Community Water Ski events promoting water skiing and, are dearly missed since White River became un-skiable. Maintaining a ski course in the river was a challenge and many times the course and supplies ended up downriver in Martinsville after several significant floods. Jerry quickly appeared with air tanks, mask and flippers, ready to reinstall anchors, main line, and buoys. Then came the opportunity to join some others and he became a co-owner of Brewski Lake on the Southeast side of Indianapolis. His water skiing abilities improved enough for him to appear and ski in several State Championships. He didn't set any records but that didn't diminish his enthusiasm for the sport. Jerry had knee replacement a couple of years ago which kept him off the ski for only a few months! In present times, you can find Jerry at Brewski Lake pulling skiers, giving coaching pointers to able body and disabled skiers, water skiing, on a mower or tractor, and of course, drinking a "cold one!"
*We would like to see more suggestions for the Water Skier Recognition series. Nominees can be anyone associated with water skiing in any degree.
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