Posts Tagged ‘Jump’

SAD FAREWELL TO LUCILLE

Friday, October 12th, 2012

LUCILLE BORGEN WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON

Lucille Borgen

Lucille Borgen

Many will remember our report on Lucille Borgen a few years ago when she competed at the great age of 94 in 2007 in the US National Waterski Championships. She was both an great example and total inspiration to all and we were greatly saddened to hear of her recent death after such a special life.

Born Lucille McCarty, it must have been those Irish genes which helped her to overcome so many challenges in life and still come out smiling every day. As a child in Minnesota she survived Polio and some years later also won her battle with Cancer – only to lose the sight in her left eye in middle-age. In spite of all that she was a highly qualified Nurse, rode horses, ice skated, roller skated, snow skied and then at the ripe age of 40, turned to Waterskiing. She traveled throughout MidWest USA competing in Slalom, Tricks and Jump and also in many Ski Shows. In her last National Waterski Championships, Lucille won all three events in her age category. If you want to know her secret – apart from having a happy and positive attitude, she also exercised using weights almost every day, did aerobics and skied three times every week.

What an inspiration !

OFFICIAL CLUB DRIVERS LIST UPDATED BY GFWSC COMMITTEE

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

DRIVERS LIST 2011 POSTED ON OUR CLUB NOTICE BOARD

We all know how important safety is in our sport. It is also vital to be aware of the risks and especially when it comes to the Insurance coverage and competent Boat Driving.

Our Committee reviews our CLUB DRIVERS list from time to time to ensure that all have the skills and experience required. It is not as easy as it sometimes looks – holding a straight line in the Slalom Course at 58kph with a determined strong Skier out the back, rope lengths and shortening routines, speed settings, knowing how to drive a precise Jump Course, being aware of where the hidden rocks and obstacles are beneath the surface, knowing where to turn at both ends of the Lake, controlling the boat speed at the turns, safe docking, refueling routines, correct engine noises and smells, etc.etc. As we are also keen to have new qualified Drivers, our Assisted Drivers List is designed to help those who have some basic skills to move towards Club Driver status. This all dovetails into the Federation Drivers Courses and we hope to have news on these in the near future. First Aid Courses will also be organised at the Club this Summer.

Here are our latest DRIVERS lists :

CLUB DRIVERS

  • Daryl Higgins (Chief Driver)

  • Carl Cautley

  • Geoff Clarke

  • Simon Durham

  • Des Burke-Kennedy

  • Sam Burke-Kennedy

  • Fiachra O’Riordan

  • Donal Connolly

  • Harry Bridges

ASSISTED DRIVERS

  • Mark Cassin

  • Richard O’Callaghan

  • Rick Deegan

  • Brid Deegan

  • Greg O’Malley

  • Dermot Fenton

  • Daniel Hearne

Daryl Higgins, as Chief Driver, will monitor progress and let the Committee know when our Assisted Drivers are ready for Club Driver status. Watch out also for the letters S,T,J,W, after the names on the Notice Board as they signify which disciplines Drivers are qualified to pull. At the end of the day, its really all about experience PLUS TIME ON THE WATER.