Jeannette Stewart-Wood

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It was a cold day in Sherbrooke, Quebec, when Jeannette Stewart-Wood took to the water for the finals in the Women's trick event. She had already won the gold medal in the Jumping event. When she returned to the dock she had run a solid trick run in what was her weakest event and had garnered the points she needed to become the 1967 World Overall Champion as well. If Jeannette was pleased with her performance, as she certainly should have been, her coach and mentor, David Nations, was delirious. It would be more than a quarter of a century before another European woman would win the overall trophy at the World Championships.

 

This was the culmination of a water skiing career in which Jeannette dominated the Women's division in Europe for much of the 1960s and finally in 1967 took that supremacy to the World level. Between 1964 and 1968, Jeannette was European Slalom champion three times and Jump champion four times. She also set a new European Jump record in 1966 of 31.54 meters.

 

Jeannette was a member of the British Water Ski Team for three World Championships from 1963 to 1967 and, in addition to her 1967 medals, won a silver medal in Jumping in 1965.

 

It is my pleasure to announce the induction into the International Water Ski Hall of Fame of one of Europe's strongest women skiers, Jeannette Stewart-Wood.

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