Passion And Pride On Display For Disabled Alabama Water Skiers

| August 11, 2017 @ 6:01 am

By Carolanne Roberts

Through a happy haze of jet lag, one-fourth of the United States Disabled Water Ski World Team arrived back in Alabama and reflected recently on two whirlwind weeks that included:

Sharing their tales are Alabamians Joe Ray, the oldest of the 40 competitors from 10 countries; Sarah Switzer, youngest in the field; and Kerri Vanderbom, returning to competition after an absence of nine years. Each journey is different but laced with the same passion and pride.

Joe Ray, 59, Wilsonville, Executive Director, Adaptive AquaticsBragging rights: I have 13 gold medals from previous World Championships, 34 golds in National competition, and I’ve set six world records for slalom. Outside of water skiing, I finished ninth in the Boston Marathon and won two national championships in wheelchair basketball.

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