Awarded in 2017
Six-time World Champion and 17-time US National Champion Joy Kelley has been water skiing since the age of seven and started skiing competitively at age 12. In 1987 she moved to Florida to focus on her professional water ski career with a goal to earn a position on the USA Elite Water Ski Team. Her hard work paid off. Kelley was a member of the World Championship gold medal winning USA Elite Water Ski Teams in 1987, 1989 and 1991. She was also a member of the USA Elite Pan American Team. Kelley has won seventeen National Championship titles including seven overall, seven jump, two tricks, and one slalom. After the birth of her daughter in 1995 Kelley took a 10 year hiatus from professional water skiing to focus on motherhood and family. During this time, she continued to coach water skiers and to promote the sport. After 10 years, she slowly started training again. In 2013, Kelley returned to competitive water skiing with a vengeance. She was selected as member of the 2014 USA +35 Water Ski Team. She won World titles in Overall, Jump and Slalom and set three World Tournament Records in the Over 55 Women’s division. She was a member of the 2014 AWSA Team of the Year. Kelley continues to rack up titles and records. She currently holds the #1 World Ranking for Overall, Slalom, Trick and Jump in the Female +55 division. Just this past weekend Kelley was part of the U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team that won the overall World team gold medal in Toledo, Spain. Kelley won gold medals in Over 55 Women slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (109 feet) and overall (3,502.36 points), and the silver medal in tricks (3,260 points).