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Water Ski Racing skier

Water Ski Racing pioneer


Water Ski Racing pioneer

Water Ski Racing skier

Water Ski Racing skier

KIM LUMLEY (GBR) - Water Ski Racing skier

- Gold Medal in 2005 (Hunstanton, GB) and 2009 (Belgium).
- Silver Medal in 2007 (New Zealand).
- Kim also competed in Worlds in 1999, 2001 and 2003, with 7th, 7th and 6th finishes.
- Kim also took part in 1997 in Australia as a Junior, won the first race and then was sadly injured.

- Winner every two years in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.

- Winner of Ladies 8 years on the run, from 2002 through 2009.

GB National Championships:
- 1997 and 1998 as Junior.
- 1999 through to 2005 every year Ladies Champion (7 times).
- 2006, 2007 and 2009 Open Champion (also beating the boys).

- Diamond Race (Belgium): Ladies Winner 2002 through to 2009 every year (8 wins).
- Catalina Island Race (Long Beach, California): Open Women winner in 2002 and 2004 through to 2009, with a second place in 2003 (7 wins).
- Bridge to Bridge (Australia): winner 2006 in Ladies Open.

- GB General Lascelles Award 2005 and 2009 (top award).
- EAME Lady Ski Racer of year 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
- World (IWWF) Female Racing Skier of the year 2005, 2006 and 2009.
- EAME Female skier of year across all water ski disciplines in 2009.
- Also IWWF World Racing Council athletes representative (2005 to 2007) and likewise EAME Racing Council Athletes representative (2007 to 2010).

Now a busy mum and a smashing LADY.

HUGO ENGELEN (BEL) - Water Ski Racing pioneer

Hugo began water ski racing as part of the Bertels clan, as husband of Mariette sister of Gaston Bertels, founder of the Viersel Waterski club, so he was bound to be involved in some way.

He started as observer for his brother in law and they towed a lot of good skiers in Belgium such as Manuella Swinnen and then Danny Bertels (who would later become World Champion) in the dauphins and junior races. At that time with the famous Fletcher boat no. 1 (a number they would never give away).

He was one of the founders of the Viersel Waterski Club but also in 1977 he was one of the founding members of the IWSF(now IWWF) World Racing Council together with John Hoiles and Walter Crespi who travelled around widely to get a World Championship started. They were all much involved in formatting the 1st World Waterski Racing Championship in 1979 in Great Britain. He served for some 20 years on the World body!

He is also for Belgium the representative in E&A Racing Council since then until 2002, and was for many years a respected National and international Judge.

In Belgium he succeeded Vera Van den Bossche as President of the Flemish waterski federation het LFWS / WSV and helped make it an even stronger organisation.

He was very much involved as a main player in the organisation of 2 World Championships in Belgium in 1995 & 2009.

He was made an Honorary member of EAME, (now E&A) in 1998. In his personal life he was a very successful business man and a dedicated and loving husband and father.

JOHN HOILES (GBR) - Water Ski Racing pioneer

John first began water skiing with a 12ft Fletcher at Gillingham Water Ski Club in 1967.
He soon realised that he needed a bigger boat for his family, Mary, Tim and Philip so he built himself a bigger one!

In 1970 he became chief scrutineer for the BWSF, and he was soon also involved internationally doing this important work.
He got more and more involved with Racing in GB and with the British Federation and then joined the European Racing Committee/or Council as it is now called.
John was a great enthusiast for the sport and had the drive and ambition to help take it to another level.
John travelling to Australia in 1978 to attend a meeting to help with other forward thinkers within the sport organise a World Water Ski Racing Championship.
Ian Graham, Terry Bennett and Glen Coles were very much involved, along with another lifelong friend, Walter Crespi from Italy. Glen Coles who succeeded John as Chairman asks particularly to be remembered to you all. Betty Graham and Glen Coles wrote the first World racing Rules.
And So the first World Water Ski Racing Championships were held in Great Britain at Whitstable, Allhallows and Welsh Harp, in 1979, driven by the enthusiasm of John and others and very successfully organised with great application and flair by the late Ray Berriman, Gillian Hill and the BWSF.
John was then to become the first President of the World Racing Council, also of the European Racing Council and of course the GB Racing Committee, posts which he held with great distinction for many years.
He was a highly respected and popular International Judge and gave so much to the sport we all love and enjoy today.

These few words cannot do full justice to John's very significant, lifelong dedicated contribution to the sport.
It is indeed a great shame that he is no longer with us to accept this modest award, but thankfully his son Philip is here to receive the memento.

DANNY BERTELS (BEL) - Water Ski Racing skier

World Champion in 1981 and 1983
European Champion in 1980, 1981 and 1983

LIZ DOOGAN-HOBBS (GBR) - Water Ski Racing skier

Liz with her mother Jackie and father Peter

Liz had started skiing when she was 9, and by 15, she was had skied in her first race on the Medway in 1975. The following year, she went on to win every race she entered and won the first of seven British titles. In the same year, she broke the women's British and European speed records behind a Cigarette powerboat called, "I like it too".

Liz Hobbs and Steve Moore were the two big names in the early 80's and both went onto become world champions and to be awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to water skiing. In fact Liz won the title of world champion in 1981 and 1984, and she won the European championship title at least four times.

But life in the 80s wasn't so sweet for Liz, despite her incredible success, because at Penarth in 1984, she fell and broke her neck. She also broke her sternum in three places, six ribs, one of which punctured a lung. On top of that, Liz's heart stopped.
Amazingly, Liz was back on a ski the following year and back on her winning streak in 1986. Later in the 80s she was nominated for the sports personality of the year award and she won the sports writers of the year award.

After climbing onto the public stage with the help of a publicist a few years earlier, Liz went on to host her own TV series with Yorkshire Television called "Hobbs Choice", and since then, has become one of the most publicly known waterskiers in the world.

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