Award History 

THe Royce Andes Award

The Royce Andes Award was created by the Western Region of USA-AWSWS in 1995 to honor Royce Andes, the godfather of adaptive water skiing.

 

Royce was injured while barefooting in 1982, which left him a C4 quadriplegic for 35 years. His injury didn’t diminish his love of water skiing, his drive or determination.  Using a mouth held stick pen, Royce developed the sit-ski (patented as the "Kanski"), which took adaptive water skiing to a whole new level.

Developing the ski wasn’t the end of Royce’s efforts. He went out into the world (Chico State) to find prospective skiers. One of his first “find” was Bill Bowness who became a multi time world record holder, champion, coach, manager, judge and has been inducted in both the USA WSWS and IWWF Halls of Fame. Bill was just the first, there’s a long list of Royce’s successful “finds”. Obviously, he taught more than adaptive water skiing. He remained an inspiration, advocate and coach of new skiers until his passing in May of 2018.


The Royce Andes Award is presented at every US Nationals to a promising new national competitor. The award is voted on by the Western Region at the Nationals, and is to honor, not necessarily a great performer, but a promising new competitor who is an inspiration to others to try, learn, and compete.

Royce Andes Award Recipients:

 

1995 - Mark Dean

1996 - Darryl Goldsmith

1997 - Andrew Ewing

1998 - Kevin Kimble & April Shinholster

1999 - Chad Guzman

2000 - Tammy Allard

2001 - Justin Gotthardt

2002 - Robert Baer

2003 - Megan Lovelace

2004 - Jeff Hancock and Deborah White

2005 - Bill Conley

2006 - Raquel Roney

2007 - Daniel Reed

2008 - Robbie Parks

2009 - Nationals Canceled

2010 - Megan McCauley

2012 - Connor Poggetto

2014 - Cameron Elzey

2016 - Janet Paulsen

2018 - Elisha Nelson

The Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Award

The Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Perpetual Trophy is a prestigious award in memory of Barbara Bolding, who passed away in 1992 after a five year battle with cancer. Barbara was introduced to the sport and its athletes by Jim Grew, her fiancé at the time of her passing. She felt an affinity with the skiers who had to face and were continuing to face so many challenges. Between bone marrow transplants, she attended several Disabled National Championships in Michigan and the 1989 World Disabled Championships in Perth, Australia. She felt at peace in such a cohesive community, as if embraced by a large, energetic family. 

Barbara was a skilled pen and ink artist. Athletes awarded the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Award receive a certificate with her last drawing, used in a fund raiser, based on the photo of a single tree taken in Megeve, France where she and Jim were vacationing in winter. The motto of this award is "Dare to Soar", one which not only represents who Barbara was but is as fitting as the trophy housed in the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Museum depicts a 14" high, specially crafted crystal eagle emerging from a granite cylinder placed on a plain 4 foot wooden base that narrows from bottom to top. Athletes winning this award have their names added to a plaque next to the trophy. 

 

This prestigious award is given to the youngest athlete placing 1st at the National Championships to encourage continued participation and passion for adaptive water skiing.

Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Prestigious Award Recipients

1992 - Ron "Tadpole" Williams

1993 - Ron "Tadpole" Williams

1994 - Ron "Tadpole" Williams

1995 - Ron "Tadpole" Williams

1996 - Ron "Tadpole" Williams

1997 - Craig Timm

1998 - Cami Ogren

1999 - Kerri McMurtry

2000 - Cami Ogren

2001 - Justin Gotthardt 

2002 - Justin Gotthardt 

2003 - Justin Gotthardt 

2004 - Justin Gotthardt 

2005 - Craig Timm 

2006 - Craig Timm

2007 - Raquel Roney 

2008 - Raquel Roney

2009 - Nationals cancelled

2010 - Jessica Radmilovic

2012 - Megan McCauley

2014 - Craig Timm

2016 - Elijah Hager

2018 - Sarah Switzer

The Phil MArtin Award

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Phil Martin Award Recipients

2003 - Phil Martin

2004 - Jim Grew

2005 - Royce Andes

2006 - Dan & Rhonda Van Dyk

2007 - Bill & Denise Bowness

2008 - Bill Furbish

2009 - Ann O'Brine

2010 - Sally & Dick Mecham

2011 - Larry Downes

2012 - Matt Oberholtz

2013 - Steve Hornsey

2014 - Mike Mosley

2015 - Rodger Randall

2016 - Joe Ray

2017 - Vito Lucido

2018 - Robbie Parks

Male & Female Athlete of the Year

Every year, USA Water Ski and Wake Sports elects one male and one female athlete who not only demonstrate exemplary skills and compete on a world level, but an athlete who represents the core values of USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports. Receiving this awards is a high honor as it is a representation of the athlete's ability and performance skills, as well as their  their characterThe recipient of this award is decided yearly by the USA Water Ski Awards Committee and is presented annually at USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Awards banquet in Orlando, Florida. 

Male Athlete of the Year

1999 - Aric Fine

2000 - Craig Timm

2001 - Craig Timm

2002 - Bill Bowness

2003 - Joe Ray

2004 - Joe Ray

2005 - Bill Furbish

2006 - Joe Ray

2007 - Craig Timm

2008 - Craig Timm

2009 - Craig Timm

2010 - Craig Timm

2011 - Joe Ray

2012 - Joe Ray

2013 - Bill Furbish

2014 - Joe Ray

2015 - Connor Poggetto

2016 - Eli Hager

2017 - Craig Timm

2018 - Craig Timm

Female Athlete of the Year

1999 - Katie Mawby

2000 - Kerri McMurtry

2001 - Janice Duvall

2002 - Ronda Jarvis-Ray

2003 - Katie Mawby

2004 - Katie Mawby

2005 - Ronda Jarvis-Ray

2006 - Katie Mawby

2007 - Ronda Jarvis-Ray

2008 - Jessica Radmilovic

2009 - Jessica Radmilovic

2010 - Jessica Radmilovic

2011 - Jessica Radmilovic

2012 - Megan McCauley

2013 - Jessica Radmilovic

2014 - Katie Mawby

2015 - Katie Mawby

2016 - Kerri Vanderbom

2017 - Kerri Vanderbom

2018 - Sarah Switzer

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