NSW Water Ski Federation
P.O. BOX 427
(02) 8736 1273 (02) 8736 1273
Sending our deepest sympathy and love to the Priest family at this very difficult time. Laurene was deeply loved and cherished by all who knew her. May everyone’s wonderful memories of Laurene comfort you now and in the days ahead.
The date for the 2017 Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic is 18th and 19th November 2017
Results have been posted
The Entry Information for the 2016 Bridge to Bridge is available on the Bridge to Bridge Website
The 2016 Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic will be held on 26-27 November 2016
The 2015 Bridge to Bridge reults have now been posted on the Bridge to Bridge page
The date for the 2015 Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic has changed. The event will now be held on Saturday 7th November and Sunday 8th November 2015. Preparations were well underway for the 2015 Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic when the committee was extended an opportunity to move the event to the weekend originally requested by the Bridge to Bridge Committee. Excited by this offer to conduct the event on the weekend that will provide the best tides for the Bridge to Bridge, the committee immediately contacted various government authorities – state and local in an effort to seek a review of the already granted permissions for the originally allocated date on the Ski Racing Australia calendar, to use facilities, roads, ferries, ramps, land and foreshores for the 2015 Bridge to Bridge.Recreational and commercial river users were also consulted and negotiations occurred with parties affected by the possible change of date.
Wakeboard NSW had council approval to use Windsor Stadium on 7th and 8th November. After consultation between Wakeboard NSW and the NSWWSF, Wakeboard NSW kindly agreed to change the venue for their tournament so that the Bridge to Bridge could use Windsor Stadium on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November. After days of review councils and RMS approvals were received to change the date of the 2015 Bridge to Bridge
The 2015 Bridge to Bridge will be held on 21st and 22nd November
It is with extreme regret that the NSW Water Ski Federation announces the sad passing of Barbara Osborne. Barbara was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Our deepest sympathy is sent to her husband Martin (Marty), children Vicki, Kim, Glen and Andrew, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Barbara and Marty shared over 50 wonderful years together. Their enduring, deep love for each other was the envy of many other couples. Marty and Barb created the company – Independent Boilers. While Marty worked tirelessly in the field Barb looked after the books and raised their young family. Up until her death, Barb was still co-ordinating the paperwork side of the business. Whenever recreational time arose, Marty and Barb would transport the family to their Hawkesbury River “shack” where all members of the family would ski from dawn to dusk. Their love of skiing resulted in the family joining the NSW Water Ski Association in the 1980s. The beloved family boat Smuggler joined the ski racing caravan travelling around Australia and returning home with many trophies and stories about numerous, hard-fought victories for Glen and Andrew. While the family competed in ski racing and Region V, Barbara became a judge and followed a path into sports administration. In the 1990s Barbara became Secretary of the NSWWWSA Ski Racing Division and in 2001 she became the inaugural Secretary of Ski Racing NSW. Also in the 1990s Barbara was elected Secretary of the NSW Water Ski Association and later Secretary of Region V. She served continuously in both roles until her death. Barbara also served as the Secretary and later as the President of the NSWWSA Water Ski Judges Association (WJA). On more than one occasion she was the recipient of the WJA Award of Merit.
In 1995 Barbara was honoured to be selected to represent Australia as a judge at the IWWF World Water Ski Racing Championships in Belgium. This appointment was met with great joy and some anxiety as Barb had not previously travelled on a plane. The thought of her first flight being a long-haul, overseas flight was quite daunting, especially when due to work commitments Marty could not travel with Barb. But June and Norm Griffin took her under their wing(s) and so began a new cherished pastime – travelling overseas.Barbara and Marty went on to travel around the world on numerous occasions with Hawaii becoming their “special place.”
Barbara made many lifelong friends in the international judging fraternity. In 2011 she was appointed Assistant Chief Judge for the 2011 IWWF World Water Ski Racing Championships at Moreton Bay. Then last year she was thrilled to be appointed to the position of Chief Judge for the 2015 IWWF World Water Ski Racing Championships in Wellington New Zealand. Throughout her recent health battle, Barbara’s focused on her preparations for the World Championships. Sadly, Barbara passed away before she could complete her judging dream but we all know that she will be there in New Zealand in the hearts of all officials and ski racers. She will be deeply missed but her contribution to the sport of water skiing will be long remembered.
Finally, Professor Leo Buscaglia once wrote:
Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they would continue the journey to the afterlife.
The first question was “Did you bring joy?”
The second was “Did you find joy?”
Barbara would be able to answer a loud, definite YES to both questions.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Marty, Barb’s family and her friends at this very difficult time.
The 2014 Bridge to Bridge reults have now been posted on the Bridge to Bridge page www.bridgetobridge.com.au