Bruce Douglas was a pioneer of water skiing in New Zealand, maintaining his interest and continuing to contribute to the sport he loved at the highest levels until his death late last year.
He was a founding member of the first water ski club in New Zealand as well as a founding member of the New Zealand Water Ski Association. He skied in his national tournament for nearly forty years and served as President of the New Zealand Water Ski Association for nearly a decade.
But it was as a judge that Bruce found his greatest rewards and offered his greatest service. He was a judge at every World Championship between 1989 in West Palm Beach, Florida and 1999 in Milan. During that same period he was also a judge at every Junior World Championship and every Asian-Australasian Championship. Bruce served as Chief Judge of the 1996 Junior World in Canada and of the 2000 Asian-Australasian Championship in New Zealand. His judging experience enabled him to make valuable contributions as a member of the IWSF Tournament Council.
It is my pleasure to announce the induction into the International Water Ski Hall of Fame of a pioneering water skier and devoted tournament official, Bruce Douglas.