WATER SKI CLUB PRESIDENT Cory Johnson
The water ski club at Sierra Nevada College might sound like a laid-back opportunity to mess around on a boat on Lake Tahoe, but the club has a goal that stretches far beyond simple recreation.
As the first water ski club at SNC, this marks the introduction of an entirely new competitive team to the college. The club is one of 17 registered teams that make up the Western Collegiate Water Ski Association. SNC team members will attend their first competition on Sept. 27-28 in Chico, California.
“My main focus starting the water ski team was to give the students another competitive sport to do that is relatable to our location and provide another asset for the college,” said Cory Johnson, president of the water ski club.
The club’s mission statement, according to the Student Government Association’s website, is to unite students through an active and skillful sport while striving to build a healthy competitive spirit for all. “We will grow as individuals and as team members to expand our knowledge and abilities,” it states.
Johnson presented the idea to start the team to SNC faculty, and with the help of a few club members, it is close to succeeding establishment as an official part of the school. The club has been granted $4,900 courtesy of the SGA; $4,000 thanks to club proposals, and $900 thanks to a second place finish at club field day on Sep. 6. These funds however, are tentative and cannot be granted until President Lynn Gillette approves the club and the school’s insurance provider accepts the team through its underwriters.
Johnson is optimistic about the insurance decision and Gillette’s approval.
“I’m very hopeful on that. We’ve got the support of Shannon Beets, executive vice president and provost, as well as SNC Controller Linda Odell.”
“Both Beets and Odell are excited to see this happen and look forward to seeing things progress for the team,” said Johnson.
So far the team has had six practices, two on Lake Tahoe and four on a private lake.
“We water ski a few mornings during the week, starting at 7 a.m.,” said Sophomore Nelly Steinhoff, a new member of the team. “On the weekends we have different groups of five people who will go down to Gardnerville to a man-made lake where we are taught the proper technique to shred a slalom course, trick skis, and jump skis.”
Another obstacle for the team has been determining the commitment level of the club members. According to Johnson about 50 percent of the team seems truly committed to the competitive level.
“It’s hard because we all have our own college interests, as well as work and jobs and school. Being part of a competitive team is difficult, but I was fortunate enough to be on the freestyle snowboard team on both my freshman and sophomore year and if you want to do something then I believe it would be pretty easy to wake up at 6 a.m. and work out and go skiing, if you’re really into it,” said Johnson.
At the moment the club is comprised of twelve members, seven men and five women. Johnson encourages anyone interested in participating to consider enrolling in the club for the spring and fall semesters of 2015.