USA Water Ski has selected Keith St. Onge (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Jody Sherwood (Maple Lake, Minn.) as its Male and Female Athletes of the Month, respectively, for September. The U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team was selected as Team of the Month. St. Onge, Sherwood and the U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team will now be eligible for the United States Olympic Committee's Athletes and Team of the Month honors.
“Congratulations to Keith St. Onge, Jody Sherwood and members of the U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team for their exceptional efforts at the 2006 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships,” said Andy Jugan, USA Water Ski's executive director. “They consistently set the bar high for barefoot athletes around the globe.”
St. Onge led the U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team to its 11th consecutive world team title at the 15th Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 9-17, at Lake Silverado in Adna, Wash. In the individual events, St. Onge won gold medals in Men's slalom, tricks and overall, and set pending world tricks records in all three rounds.
Sherwood led the U.S. Senior Barefoot Water Ski Team to the gold medal at the 2006 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships. The U.S. Senior Team scored 5,839.12 points in earning the victory in the seven-team field. Sherwood, who swept titles in Women's slalom, tricks, jumping and overall, also earned the gold medal in Open Women's tricks, competing as a U.S. independent.
The U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team won its 11th consecutive world team title at the Barefoot Water Ski World Championships. Along with St. Onge, team members were: Lane Bowers (Winter Haven, Fla.), Billy Brzoza (Coventry, R.I.), Rachel George-Normand (Winter Haven, Fla.), Niki Soubliere-Munroe (Lakeland, Fla.) and Laura Szwed (White Lake, Mich.). Ryan Boyd (Orlando, Fla.) was the alternate. The team tallied 8,514.15 points and defeated arch-rival Australia, which scored 7,496.65 points to earn the silver medal. Great Britain finished with 6,931.94 points in clinching the bronze medal in the 13-team field.
The U.S. Elite Team earned 11 individual medals. In addition to St. Onge's accomplishments, George-Normand won the gold medal in Women's jumping and overall, and earned silver medals in slalom and tricks; Brzoza earned the bronze medal in Men's slalom; Bowers earned the silver medal in Men's slalom and the bronze medal in jumping; and Szwed earned the bronze medal in Women's tricks.