The Water Skiers with Disabilities Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, is pleased to announce the 24th Disabled Water Ski National Championships will be held Oct. 12-16 at Skyview Lake in Harmony, N.C.
The competition will include more than 30 disabled water ski athletes from across the United States. The tournament will offer slalom, tricks and jumping events for vision impaired individuals (blind or partially sighted), multiplegics (paraplegics and quadriplegics), leg amputees (above and below knee), arm amputees, and athletes with both arm and leg disabilities. A Can-Am event also will take place throughout the tournament, pitting athletes from the United States against their counterparts from Canada.
The results of the Nationals will be used to select the members of the 2017 U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team, which will compete in the 2017 Disabled Water Ski World Championships (dates and location to be determined). Team selections will be announced at the tournament's awards banquet on Sunday evening, Oct. 16. The U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team has won the previous four world championships and will attempt to be the first team in history to win five consecutive world titles.
The Nationals will be open to spectators and admission will be free.
About USA Water Ski: USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States.