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U.S. barefoot water ski athlete Lori Powell Drell and adaptive water ski athlete and ambassador Ann O'Brine Satterfield will be formally enshrined into the International Waterski & Wakeboard Hall of Fame during the 40th Annual USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 15, 2023. Lori was inducted into the USA Hall of Fame in 1999.

The IWWF International Hall of Fame recognizes, appreciates, and understands the incredible contribution each recipient has made to their discipline, community, clubs, federations, confederations, the world, and the IWWF.

The IWWF Hall of Fame can be seen in its entirety in our museum in Davenport, Florida, or online at https://iwwf.sport/international-hall-of-fame/


Lori Powell Drell is perhaps the most versatile female water skier of all time, competing and holding national titles in both the three-event and barefoot divisions since her elementary school years and world titles in barefooting. Lori’s significant barefoot skiing accomplishments span eight years and four World Championships, culminating in her 1988 Women’s World Overall Title. In five of those years, she also competed at the national level in traditional three-event skiing. Her perseverance through losses and a significant health setback to finally win the Women’s World Overall title in 1988 is a testament to Lori’s hard work, dedication, and athletic skill.


Lori was 11 years old when she was an alternate to the 1980 US Barefoot Team and 13 years old when competing on the US World Barefoot Team in 1982. At the 1982 World Championships, Lori was the first to unseat the Australian hold on female World titles. Lori’s performances at the 1986 World’s helped the US team beat Australia for the first time in a long time.

Lori demonstrated incredible sportsmanship, cultivating friendly relationships with teammates, officials, and her competitors. Lori presented herself well before the media, generating positive publicity for the sport. She is an amazing athlete and a fantastic person!


At the end of the 1986 season, a tumor was discovered on Lori’s spine. After major surgery, Lori had to significantly limit her training for the 1987 season. But in 1988, she came back to reach her peak and her ultimate goal of winning the Women’s World Barefoot Overall title at the 1988 Worlds. What made the 1988 victory even more meaningful was that her brother, Rick Powell, won the Men’s overall title. They remain the only brother and sister to have won the Men and Women’s overall titles in the same World Championships.


Ann O'Brine Satterfield was a member of the Lakeland Water Ski Club and 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, honored where she began instructing adaptive water skiing. In 1994, the United States Olympic Committee honored 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 passed away in 2015.


We are so happy to honor the memory of Ann and celebrate this honor with Lori! We hope you will join us, also! To buy tickets or find hotels visit https://www.usa-wwf.org/2023-hall-of-fame


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Charlsey Newman of McDonald, Tennessee has been chosen as the 2022 recipient of the $2200 "Banana George" Blair Ambassador Scholarship. Charlsey is a Senior at Rollins College majoring in Sociology, American Studies, and Professional Writing.

"I am honored and grateful for the "Banana" George Blair Ambassador Scholarship granted to me by the USA Waterski and Wake Sports Foundation. I have grown up in the sport as a three-event competitor and appreciate the continued support from the Foundation," says Charlsey.


Charlsey is a three-event water ski event competitor in AWSA and NCWSA, a member of the NCWSA Board of Directors and the very first female appointed announcer at the 2022 USAWS Nationals (recipient of the Tommy Bartlett Announcers Award.)

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers who show leadership abilities and demonstrate that involvement in the sport has helped them grow both personally and academically.


In the same spirit that made him a legend, "Banana George" Blair continued to give back to water sports and the foundation throughout his life. George's family has created this scholarship to give student-athletes an opportunity to earn a college education while pursuing their water sports dreams. This scholarship is open to all water sports disciplines.


"Going forward, I will strive to represent an ambassador for our amazing sport just as "Banana" George did," says Charlsey. The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation is very proud of our young athletes and honored to support their future academic needs. You can help support our mission by joining or donating to the foundation HERE.



For more about Banana George... go to https://www.bananageorge.org/


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Attend the April 14-15, 2023 events and celebrate the USA-WWF Hall of Fame and Award of Distinction Honorees!


Hall of Fame Inductees: Keith St. Onge and Jimmy Siemers


Award of Distinction Recipients: Chuck Alleger, Betty Bonifay, Roger Dilling, Russell Gay, and Matt May



Schedule of Events

Friday, April 14, 2023

Hall of Fame Social

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ​

Central Florida Visitor Information Center

(and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame Museum)

101 Adventure Ct, Davenport, FL 33837

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Water Ski Exhibition

1pm

New Competition Lake

Auburndale, Florida

Hall of Fame Reception & Ceremony

Social Hour (cash bar) 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Dinner 6:45 pm

Ceremony 7:15 pm​

RP Funding Center

701 W Lime St, Lakeland, FL 33815





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