AUSTRALIAN BAREFOOT HISTORY
Brett Wing, World and national champion
In March 1960, at Sackville, the Australian Barefoot Waterski Club was formed by such great exponents as Jack Murray, Ray Leighton, John Hollands and Ron Marks.
Ray Leighton was also the President of New South Wales WSC and his wife Betty shared the honour of being the first women barefooter with Betty Wheeler. She was later named judge at the first World Barefoot Championships.
John Hollands was elected to the secretary's position. He later became the President for a number of Years. The club was primarily NSW based and run and interest gathered in the other States when interstate Skiers started to attend the National Championships which up until 1971 were all held in New South Wales. In 1971 The Championships were held in Adelaide. Since then, championships have been held in every State and Territory with the exception of Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
The ABWSC evolved into a Nation wide club with all states forming their own divisions of the ABWSC and electing their respective Presidents and committees. The President of ABWSC who was Ken Matthews then became known as the National President. At the same time an affiliation was formed with the Australian Water Ski Association. The Barefoot Club still retained their individual identity which it still does in Today's climate. Through the affiliation came the added benefits of IWSF affiliation and representation on a National and Regional level. The only change now is that barefoot plays a much larger role in the day to day running of the Australian Water Ski Federation.
The growth of the sport was spectacular. Such greats as John and Margaret Hacker, Mary McMillan, Gary Barton and Brett Wing have all carried Australian Barefooting into the forefront of world competition.
Ray Leighton Betty Leighton
Ken Matthews Mary McMillan
The ABWSC has evolved into a major force in Barefoot Skiing not only within our own region but overseas as well. The qualified successes of our skiers in international competitions make it possibly the largest single innovator in the sport. The American Barefoot Club is also a major player and it can be argued who is the greater. We obviously think that we are. The 1st International Competition was held in 1978 in Canberra, Australia. This was the 1st World Barefoot Championships as we know it today. It all started in 1975 when the IWSF then known as the World Water Ski Union (WWSU) ratified and accepted a set of rules. There were now over 20 countries throughout the world running competitions and a bid was made at the September 1977 meeting of the World Congress of the WWSU. It was successful; and so all was now in readiness and anticipation of the first World Barefoot Championships.
The 1st World Barefoot Championships came to be in November 1978 in Canberra where 10 Nations, Australia, New Zealand, USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy, Belgium and Austria competed. Barefoot Water Skiing had arrived and was looking good. The Patron Chief was the Governor General of Australia Sir Zelman Cowan and the Patron the Prime Minister Malcolm Frazer. The President of the WWSU Mr. JJ Finterswald from Switzerland was in attendance from Europe. The Championships attracted large crowds and according to the WWSU President were the best organized and run championships he had been to in over 30 years involvement with water Skiing.
The Championships were dominated by Australians who won the Team event Gold and all other medals with the exception of third place in Men's jump to a New Zealander and third place in Women's Slalom which went to a USA Skier. Brett Wing of New South Wales became the 1
st Men's Overall Champion and Colleen Wilkinson became the
Many individual and team events were won by Australian skiers in open division as well as in senior or junior division, making Australia the ever top challenger to American domination of the sport.
In 2012, the 50th edition
of the nationals was held in Liverpool near Sydney, and a strong Australian squad won all team titles at the World Championships.
(inspired by Australian barefoot waterski website and program from the 25
th Australian Barefoot Nationals)
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BAREFOOT CHAMPIONS
year place year place year place year place 1963 Manly Dam, NSW 1989 Liverpool, NSW 1998 Cohuna, VIC 2007 Liverpool, NSW 1971 Adelaide, SA 1990 Liverpool, NSW 1999 Perth, WA 2008 Liverpool, NSW 1975 Canberra, ACT 1991 Deniliquin, VIC 2000 Canberra, ACT 2009 Mulwala, VIC 1978 Yarra River, VIC 1992 Canberra, ACT 2001 Cohuna, VIC 2010 Liverpool, NSW 1983 Deniliquin, VIC 1993 Perth, WA 2002 Liverpool, NSW 2011 Longreach, QLD 1985 Yarra River, VIC 1994 Gold Coast, QLD 2003 Perth, WA 2012 Liverpool, NSW 1986 Perth, WA 1995 Liverpool, NSW 2004 Calliope, QLD 2013 Darwin, NT 1987 Liverpool, NSW 1996 Cohuna, VIC 2005 Mulwala, VIC 1988 1997 Liverpool, NSW 2006 Renmark, SA
OPEN MEN'S DIVISION
year slalom tricks jump overall 1963 Luthiger Erwin 1964 Stuart Kevin 1965 Luthiger Erwin 1966 Luthiger Erwin 1967 Spicer Wal 1968 Mathews Ken 1969 Barton Garry 1970 Barton Garry 1971 Barton Garry 1972 Barton Garry 1973 Stout Rudi 1974 Hinchcliff Terry 1975 Hinchcliff Terry 1976 Wing Brett 1977 Wing Brett 1978 Wing Brett 1979 Wing Brett 1980 Wing Brett 1981 Wing Brett 1982 Wing Brett 1983 Stekelenburg John 1984 O'Mahoney Gavin 1985 O'Mahoney Gavin 1986 O'Mahoney Gavin 1987 Sands Brett O'Mahoney Gavin O'Mahoney Gavin O'Mahoney Gavin 1988 Wellham Peter Dwyer Dodd Wellham Peter Wellham Peter 1989 Wellham Peter Dwyer Dodd Sands Brett Dwyer Dodd 1990 Sands Brett Wellham Peter Pennay John Wellham Peter 1991 Sands Brett Dwyer Dodd Pennay John Pennay John 1992 Sands Brett Dwyer Dodd Derry Ken Pennay John 1993 Sands Brett Dwyer Dodd Dwyer Dodd Dwyer Dodd 1994 Sands Brett Pennay John Pennay John Pennay John
OPEN MEN'S DIVISION
year slalom tricks jump overall 1995 Derry Ken Derry Ken Seers Justin Seers Justin 1996 Derry Ken Sands Brett Sands Brett Sands Brett 1997 Derry Ken Derry Ken Seers Justin Derry Ken 1998 Derry Ken Pennay John Fritsch Brett Pennay John 1999 Berger Evan Stekelenburg John Berger Evan Berger Evan 2000 Stekelenburg John Berger Evan New Brett Berger Evan 2001 New Brett ONeill Peter New Brett New Brett 2002 Stekelenburg John 2003 ONeill Peter ONeill Peter New Brett New Brett 2004 ONeill Peter ONeill Peter Wright Brendan ONeill Peter 2005 Van Den Hueval Luke New Brett New Brett New Brett 2006 Wright Brendan Crouch Brenton New Brett ONeill Peter 2007 Blaauw Robert Crouch Brenton Stekelenburg John ONeill Peter 2008 Blaauw Robert Blaauw Robert New Brett New Brett 2009 ONeill Peter Crouch Brenton Derry Ken ONeill Peter 2010 Derry Ken Paige Brendan ONeill Peter ONeill Peter 2011 Derry Ken ONeill Peter Arnel Darcy ONeill Peter 2012 Derry Ken ONeill Peter ONeill Peter ONeill Peter 2013 Derry Ken Paige Brendan ONeill Peter ONeill Peter
OPEN WOMEN'S DIVISION
year slalom tricks jump overall 1964 Mc Millan Mary 1965 Mc Millan Mary 1966 - 1967 Mc Millan Mary 1968 Kirby Sandra 1969 Hamilton June 1970 Mc Millan Mary 1971 Mc Millan Mary 1972 Lance Hadie 1973 Wilkinson Colleen 1974 Wilkinson Colleen 1975 Wilkinson Colleen 1976 Wilkinson Colleen 1977 Wilkinson Colleen 1978 Wilkinson Colleen 1979 Wilkinson Colleen 1980 Pugh Debbie 1981 Pugh Debbie 1982 Pugh Debbie 1983 Lampard Kim 1984 Mc Caskill Bronwyn 1985 Pugh Debbie 1986 Lampard Kim 1987 Pugh Debbie Pugh Debbie - Pugh Debbie 1988 Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon - Stekelenburg Sharon 1989 Stekelenburg Sharon Pugh Debbie Pugh Debbie Pugh Debbie 1990 Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon 1991 Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon 1992 Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon 1993 Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon 1994 Stekelenburg Sharon Young Julie Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon 1995 Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon
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OPEN WOMEN'S DIVISION
year slalom tricks jump overall 1996 Stekelenburg Sharon Pernice Michelle Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon 1997 Jones Charise Jones Charise Pernice Michelle Pernice Michelle 1998 Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon Stekelenburg Sharon 1999 Hassey Charise Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella 2000 Hassey Charise Hassey Charise Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella 2001 Hassey Charise Hassey Charise - - 2002 Halasz Gizella 2003 Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella 2004 Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella 2005 Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella 2006 Wright Nerissa Wright Nerissa Wright Nerissa Wright Nerissa 2007 Wright Nerissa Green Stacey Wright Nerissa Wright Nerissa 2008 Green Stacey Green Stacey Dickers Laura Green Stacey 2009 Green Stacey Green Stacey Halasz Gizella Halasz Gizella 2010 Stebbeings Ashleigh Stebbeings Ashleigh Stebbeings Ashleigh Stebbeings Ashleigh 2011 Stebbeings Ashleigh Stebbeings Ashleigh Stebbeings Ashleigh Stebbeings Ashleigh 2012 Stebbeings Ashleigh Stebbeings Ashleigh Stebbeings Ashleig