Posts Tagged ‘Ray Stokes’


Saturday, August 13th, 2011


Jake welcomed home by Daryl

Jake welcomed home by Daryl

This was a happy week at Golden Falls. ‘Great to have Jake Bridges back with us once again and to see him fully recovered from his heel injury which knocked him out of competition for about a year. Jake got back to fitness for the Europe Africa U21 Championships and is now looking forward to getting back to jumping over 60m once again. Recovery takes time and he is making great progress. That Irish Jump Record will fall again soon – only a matter of time and the name will be JAKE BRIDGES.

Steve Critchley and Danyelle Bennett at the Club

Steve Critchley and Danyelle Bennett at the Club

It was also great to have Steve Critchley back with us once again. This time he brought Danyelle Bennett with him – straight from the World Championships in Dubna Russia – and both ran a very successful Coaching Course at Golden Falls over this past week.  It is always a pleasure to have some of the World’s top Skiers with us and you can be quite sure that our younger Golden Falls Skiers will remember this experience for years to come.

We still have this ongoing problem with very high water levels. It is causing dreadful damage to our Lake banks and also undermining the new foundations of our Stone Bridge fencing. We are in contact with the ESB and are still totally puzzled as to why they need such enormous volumes of water which is eroding the banks day by day. Lets hope we can get this resolved quickly.

JumpAthon for Ray LAUNCHED TODAY

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011


JumpAthon for Ray goes global today !

JumpAthon for Ray goes global today !

This is a great story ! Just a few weeks ago, Carl called me with this concept – How about setting up a unique Fund Raiser for Ray based on the Jump Ramp ? We tossed around some ideas and just minutes ago went global with the plan !  Here is how it will work, not just here at Golden Falls, but at EVERY Club with a Jump Ramp in the World today. Well that is what we really hope will happen.

We set up a special Facebook page and uploaded a bunch of Ray photos. Just type in these words  – JumpAthon for Ray

Imagine this. If you were to try Jumping on our Magic Ramp, non-stop without a break, how many could you land ! 5 / 10/ 15 / 20 ?

Well, if you also rounded up your friends and asked each to contribute just ONE EURO for every Jump you landed, this could make it very interesting. Carl has already got sponsorship and I’m sure he and all our other jumpers will be delighted to get more backers. There is no limit to how many each Jumper can secure. ‘And its only ONE EURO per Jump landed.

Finally, if you then collected the contributions based on the number you landed – on any Ramp height at any speed, and then transferred those funds to the Ray Stokes fund for his boys, this would make it both great fun and a great cause. The direct link  for the month of June for contributions to support Ray’s boys is :

Today I spoke to Ray and he sounded stronger than he has been for ages. Now that the six tumors have been removed, he can take food again and is regaining strength every day. New medication is the next step. We hope that the success of the “JumpAthon for Ray” may help to remove some of the worries ahead of our good friend.  So, if you see a Jumper, please don’t wait for him/her to ask, just say “I’m in for ONE EURO per jump”  Watch this space for the photos – and who knows, perhaps a World Non-Stop Record.

If you need a bit more information on how to set this up, check out this Link :

JumpAthon for Ray Guide

‘Great concept Carl – and maybe this weekend we will be the first Club to report some results. The weather forecast is perfect for Golden Falls ! Get those cameras ready……..

Ray teaching our Stars of the future !

Ray teaching our Stars of the future !


Monday, April 18th, 2011


Daryl and Orla at the Lake this morning

Daryl and Linda at the Lake this morning

Since April 2nd, we have completed 91 Skis as at 2.00pm today, April 18th. For this time of the year and after just 16 days, this is very impressive. Well done to all our Members who have made it down to the Lake so far. With the Easter Holidays now coming up, do make sure that you come down to the Club to get those arms and legs working again. Its never too early to start. The water today was boiling at over 15C. !

Third lesson of the season for Orla today

Third lesson of the season for Linda today

Daryl is now fully settled in to his annual routines and has also done a great deal of tidying-up after the long Winter break. As you can see, the Sheep are also playing a blinder and have eaten more grass in the past two weeks in the MasterCraft Arena than we thought possible. Soon, we will be able to run the Mower over the area to bring it back to normal again.

Sheep really prefer grass to chocolate

Sheep really prefer grass to chocolate


Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011


Ray Stokes with June Fladborg and Moomba Star  Jacinta Carroll

Ray Stokes with June Fladborg and Moomba Star Jacinta Carroll

We had it all this year – cold air, rain and then scorching sunshine when it was most needed for the last two days. With over 300,000 people on site, the atmosphere was fantastic. Moomba 2011 was also full of surprises with youngsters rocking the boat on many fronts. The two sensations were Jacinta Carroll AUS, another Ray Stokes special, and Tim Bradstreet AUS. Both are just 18 years old. Jacinta took the Jump title with 53.1m and also Silver in Overall. Tim  took second in Jump with 67.1m – ahead of Freddy Krueger, Scot Ellis, etc. He was also third in overall. Watch out for these two names for years to come. At Junior level they already have been as good as it gets !

Ray Stokes was with us for most of the big events and it was great to see him on site with June Fladborg DEN who is still struggling with that very nasty heel injury. She does not expect to return to the water this year, unfortunately. Both June and Ray send all their best wishes to all their friends at Golden Falls. As Ray has been with us at our lake for over 20 years, he is family ! His Hospital treatment continues but he is in great spirits and we can only hope that the new experimental medication will work for him.


Sunday, January 23rd, 2011


Ray and his Boys at Moomba 2010

Ray and his Boys at Moomba 2010

Ray Stokes is part of Golden Falls. We have structured most of our Summers over the past 20 years around Ray’s annual visit to our Club. Over that time, he has become a world renowned Coach. We all know how good he is. So do all the top professional athletes today. In all cases, everybody feels like his best friend and that is what makes him such a very special person. We took this happy photo in Melbourne at Moomba last March of Ray and his two boys enjoying the annual spectacle on the Yarra River.

In the last few weeks, Ray was diagnosed with Phantom Melanoma Cancer. This is a very serious situation and he is receiving advice and treatment right now in Melbourne. He has resigned himself to the fact that he might not survive this terrible challenge and wants to make the most of his time ahead. Speaking to him a few days ago, he was in typical Ray good humor, always smiling, always witty and always great company. He knows that all of us in Golden Falls are thinking of him daily and he also knows that we see him as one of us. We laughed about those happy days in Micks, downing pints, wearing the green jersey, enjoying breakfast with Harry and Sue and the boys – and doing his very best to make us amateur hopefuls feel that we might some day even score a few extra buoys ! In all those 20 years, his visit left nothing but smiles and happy times behind.


While Ray is organising his life in Melbourne, his great friend June Fladborg is still suffering in Hospital in Florida from that serious heel injury she got after breaking the World Jump Record. The skin is refusing to heal as it should. On receiving the very sad news of Ray’s illness, June was devastated. When we spoke to her a few days ago, the Surgeon had just told her that he would have to operate again in four weeks time ! For June, that meant that she could not visit Ray for maybe six or eight weeks. To be released from Hospital and somehow find the funds to fly to Melbourne was impossible. She would need extra space on board to keep her injured foot elevated and properly looked after. This would all cost a fortune, even if possible. This is when miracles entered the picture – all in the name of the great Kristi Overton Johnson. You must read Kristi’s extraordinary note below on this – and it will really prove to you that good things happen to good people when good people decide to help. Kristi is certainly one of these.

Ray and June will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks and we will keep you up to date as best we can in the meantime.

Kristi’s extraordinary note :

From my last note you read about my friend June who was released from the hospital and waiting to travel to Australia to be with her friend and coach Ray. Last night I was praying about how I could help her and the the thought to help her with her ticket came into my head. All day I have wondered how this was going to occur because she requires first class tickets for her and Tom (her boyfriend) as she needs to keep her foot elevated and dressings have to be changed. First class tickets to Australia with 3 days notice are $13,000…. So tonight I am sitting at dinner with some friends and right before we eat our host asks if there are any prayer request before we said our blessing for the food. I have been a believer for many years and NEVER has anyone asked this before we pray. We usually bless it and inhale it! Anyway, I didn’t say anything and the my friend at the dinner party says, “Kristi, I read about your friend June yesterday in your In His Wakes newsletter. Why don’t you share your request for her.”

So I shared her need of needing two first class tickets preferable on Wednesday as that is when June wanted to travel. The host turns to me and says I know someone who has lots of points and would probably donate these points to them. All throughout the dinner party this gentleman was on the phone texting his family members to see if they could help. Before I pulled in my driveway tonight, he texts me that his sister donated upgrades for firstclass. Someone donated the money for the flights and about 15 minutes ago I was able to email June her flight itinerary to Australia, first class, leaving on Wednesday (the only day upgrades were available). I don’t know the lady who donated these upgrades and I sit here in awe and overwhelmed with joy as I know God showed up today.

Thank you for your prayers. I love how He places things on people’s heart, places just the right people in your path to provide every need you have. His Word says, “I will supply all your needs according to my riches in heaven.” There is no need too great for Him.

Continue to pray specifically for June and Ray. Pray for the next few days as she packs, says goodbye to friends in the US, heads across the country…pray for favor, pray for safety, pray for God’s blessings to pour down on this beautiful girl and her amazing friends, Tom and Ray.

To God be the glory.

If you would like to make donations to either Ray or June for their medical expenses, several skiers are working together to make this happen. We are discussing whether to run it through In HIs Wakes so they are tax deductible or through a trust fund for June and Ray’s tax purposes. I will let you know in the coming days how you can help.