Following is a message from Tom Danford relating a recent meeting with Don Sheimann who is one of the first members inducted into the Hall of Fame.
I ran into Don Scheimann over the holidays. He invited me over to see one of his Christmas presents. It is a custom made wooden display ski, personally engraved with Don’s favorite tournament and favorite bible passage. The tournament, A Day of Challenge hosted by the Lake James Sports Club was held on Lake James. I remember my first tournament experience was in 1971 at A Day of Challenge tournament. And the bible phrase is “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”. And you will note the ski boasts inlayed wood similar to skis of the ‘70s like Maharajah as well as a “Scheimann” fin. Further, in years past Don was all about standing tall, which he has engraved by the slalom skier. But Father Time has created challenges for Don so he had it also engraved simply with stand!. Don is such an inspiration and an Indiana Water Ski Ambassador! Don & Rene were so instrumental with connecting folks with tournament skiing for which I am truly grateful.
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