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National Show Ski Association Announces 2020 Award Recipients

By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | Dec. 10, 2020, 7:59 a.m. (ET)

The National Show Ski Association has announced respective award winners for 2020. Joel Johanningmeier was selected Official of the Year; Shauna Pasanen was named Volunteer of the Year; the NSSA COVID-19 Committee was selected as the recipient of the That’s Incredible Award; and the Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team received the President’s Award.

Johanningmeier judged three major NSSA tournaments this COVID-19 year (Midwest Regionals, Wisconsin Regionals, Nationals), serves as the president of the Midwest Show Ski Association, and is an active member of the NSSA Difficulty Committee.

Pasanen was able to host 11 Flaunt-It events, with one being out of country, during this COVID-19 year. These events help grow skiing, provide an avenue for competition at differing levels, and increase membership. She also led the social media campaign for the 2020 USA Water Ski Show Team. She also serves as an active member of the NSSA individual Acts Committee and the NSSA International Committee.

The NSSA COVID-19 Committee worked tirelessly in adapting to ever changing circumstances to provide safety guidance to the sport overall and embraced a creative approach to making a national tournament happen. The COVID-19 Committee members are: Doug Ribley, Matt Heilman, Mark Poulos, Kevin Ruddy, Gerry Luiting, David Rezin and Jim Martin.

The NSSA experienced an unprecedented season due to the pandemic. The Rock Aqua Jays stepped up when approached and agreed to host a new national tournament format. The 2020 individual national tournament was announced, and the process of approval and implementation followed. The Rock Aqua Jays came together on behalf of the sport and performed in a stellar way. The club quickly developed a specific safety plan; worked with City and County government officials to secure support and approvals; and successfully operationalized a unique national tournament that provided a special experience for competitors as well as on-site and virtual attendees. The NSSA is extremely appreciative of the effort, professionalism and effective implementation demonstrated by the Rock Aqua Jays.

The National Show Ski Association is one of nine sport discipline organizations affiliated with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

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