The U.S. Waterski Team won gold medal for the 3rd year in a row at the 11th Disabled Water Ski World Championships in Milan, Italy, including three Carolinas Rehabilitation’s Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) athletes. The skiers from ASAP are Eli Hager, Robbie Parks and Megan McCauley. All three skiers competed in all three of the events: slalom, trick and jump.
Eli Hager took the Bronze medal in Seated Trick and finished 8th in Seated Jump and Seated Slalom. Eli finished 5th in the Men’s Overall Seated Standings.
Robbie Parks finished 6th in Seated Jump and 11th in Seated Slalom. Robbie finished 10th in the Men’s Overall Seated Standings.
Megan McCauley finished 6th in Seated Slalom, 5th in Seated Slalom and 4th in Seated Jump. Megan finished 4th in the Overall Women’s Seated Standings.
Eli Hager had both his legs amputated when he was nine months old. Eli has been involved with the ASAP waterskiing program since he was four years old. After a car crash Robbie Parks was paralyzed from the neck down, and as a C7 quadriplegic, he was told he would never water ski again. Robbie has been involved with ASAP’s waterskiing program since 2007. Megan McCauley is only 7 feet shy from setting a world record in the jump event for waterskiing. Megan was injured in a four wheeling accident and was paralyzed from the sternum down which left her as a T7 paraplegic.
The U.S. Team took gold in the following events:
Women’s Seated Trick – Jessica Radmilovic
Women’s Seated Slalom – Jessica Radmilovic
Women’s Visual Impaired Trick- Katie Mawby
The U.S. Team took silver in the following events:
Men’s Seated Slalom-Joe Ray
Men’s Seated Trick- Bill Furbish
The U.S. Team took bronze in the following events:
Men’s Seated Trick – ASAP skier, Eli Hager
Men’s Seated Slalom – Chad Guzman
Men’s Standing Slalom – Jeff Hancock
ASAP, based in Charlotte, N.C., supports and challenges athletes in the achievement of personal goals and growth and provides opportunities, healthier lifestyles and increased quality of life. A program of Carolinas Rehabilitation, it offers a variety of sporting programs for both teams and individuals. In addition to water skiing, activities include power soccer, fishing, handcycling, rugby, kayaking, scouting, tennis, snow skiing and golf.