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Ann O'Brine Satterfield
Ann O’Brine-Satterfield of Winter Haven, a member of the Lakeland Water Ski Club, was the first women’s disabled water ski athlete to complete a jump on the sit-ski, which she did at the 1989 Disabled Water Ski National Championships. She is a five-time winner of the Women’s national overall title and two-time world overall champion. Ann was a fierce competitor. She competed in slalom, trick, and jump. She skied in six National and two World Tournaments. In 1993, Ann relocated from Washington state to Winter Haven, Florida where she began instructing adaptive water skiing. In 1994, the United States Olympic Committee honoured Ann as Female Athlete of the Year. Ann moved on from competition and to coaching disabled skiers on a regular basis at her ski school, U2CanSki, in Winter Haven and conducted clinics throughout the United States. She devoted her life to instructing both beginner and advanced skiers with disabilities and her legacy lives on through her program, Ann’s Angels. Ann truly made a difference in the sport of adaptive water skiing and is well deserving of this honour.