Disabilities represented at the event includes skiers with spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, spina bifida, leg amputations above and below the knee, arm disabilities and arm amputees, blind and visually impaired, as well as other disabilities that qualify under the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), according to the official press release.
It will be the second time that Elk Grove’s Shortline Lake (located off Sheldon road) will be used for nationals. The only other time was nearly two decades ago.
“It’s a really good site for skiers to have good performances,” Hornsey said.
Trees planted along the outside of the lake have matured and block any possible wind from hindering the skiers. The private lake is considered one of the best in the Western states and has hosted various other water ski competitions.
Council member Steve Detrick, who lives on Shortline Lake, will be a senior boat driver and senior judge for nationals.
“My family and I have supported the disabled water skiers for the last 25 years,” Detrick said. “They have become good friends and have taught us many life lessons. We are excited to have the Disabled Water Ski Nationals back in Elk Grove for 2012.”