ABC Awards History

Jennifer Odom Spirit Award
Candidates, either male or female, must be junior barefoot Skiers (16 years and under) who
display a spirit of helpfulness, a positive attitude, enthusiasm, the ability to get along well with
other skiers and officials, good sportsmanship, and a willingness to share positive
experiences with peers. Candidates do not necessarily have to be champion skiers. Jennifer
Odom Spirit Award candidates will be nominated by the appointed officials at each of the five
Regional Championships and submitted in writing with a skier’s biography to the ABC Awards
Chairman. The recipient of the ward will be announced and honored at the
ABC Awards banquet on Saturday evening. This memorial award is in honor of Jennifer Odom,
a former junior girls National Barefoot Competitor, who was abducted in Pasco Country Florida
in February of 1993 and later found murdered.
Year Name
1993 Jennifer Harris
1994 PJ Nassar
1995 Rachel George
1996 ??
1997 Derek Koch
1998 Toby George
1999 Matt Wright
2000 Jared Lee
2001 Mark Williamson
2002 Royal Wiseman
2003 Nolan Lough
2004 Andrew Martin
2005 Haley Thomas
2006 Wilson Schkade
2007 Shannon Heller
2008 Allie Jameson
2009 John Pressendo
2010 Taylor True
2011 Kailey Koehler
2012 Lisa Pressendo
2013 Chandler Cargile
2014 Brody Meskers
Banana George Blair Barefooter of the Year
This award is given annually to a person or organization in recognition of accomplishments,
contributions and service to the sport of barefoot-waterskiing both on and or off the water over
the past year. The award recipient represents a true ambassador to our sport – someone who
has distinguished himself/herself above and beyond all others in serving the sport. Nominee
must be a current ABC member, with preference given to US citizenship.
Nominations should convey specific examples of how the nominee personifies the criteria and
spirit of the award such as: How has the nominee contributed time, resources, and abilities to
the sport of barefooting consistent with the title “Barefooter of the Year.” (Inception 1992)
 
Year Name
1992 George Blair
1993 Sam Spano
1994 Oscar Foot Mann
1995 Jennifer Calleri
1996 Keith St. Onge
1997 Dawn Farrell
1998 Brent Benoist
1999 Brian Heeney
2000 John Kretchman
2001 Tad Honsinger
2002 Tim Pellaton
2003 Derek Koch
2004 Rachel George
2005 Mike Salber
2006 Doug Jordan
2007 Joe Lovato
2008 Kevin Towers
2009 Judy Meyers
2010 Brad Pegg
2011 Stuart Parsons
2012 Cody Ebbert
2013 Mike Holt
2014 None

Stew McDonald Long Time Service Award

This award is given annually to recognize the person(s) who has contributed to the sport of
barefooting for at least ten years. The award recipient is someone who has distinguished
himself/herself above and beyond all other individuals in serving the sport. Nominee should be a
current ABC member, with preference given to US citizenship.
Nominations should convey specific examples of how the nominee personifies the criteria and
spirit of the award such as: How has the nominee contributed time, resources, and abilities to
the sport of barefooting consistent with the title “Long Time Service Award.” How has the
nominee avidly supported ABC tournaments and other programs as a participant, administrator,
official, or fund-raiser? (Inception 1994)
 
Year Name
1994 Stew MacDonald
1995 Mike Seipel
1996 Sam Spano
1997 Ed Finley
1998 Don Mixon Sr.
1999 Joel Brookshire
2000 Jim Boyette
2001 Joe Knapp
2002 Oscar ‘Foot’ Mann
2003 Doug and Pat Koch
2004 Andrea Eggert
2005 Banana George Blair
2006 Brian Heeney
2007 Jan Cummings
2008 Dale Stevens
2009 Dan Cummings
2010 Jimmy Taurus
2011 Lee Stone
2012 Jerry Kanawyer
2013 Gary “Swampy” Bouchard
2014 Paul Adams

ABC Athlete of the Year

Consider this barefooting’s MVP award. The ABC Athlete of the Year Award is given in recognition of outstanding athletic accomplishments and sportsmanship on the water.  While participation in all parts of barefooting is recognized, the criteria of this award is based upon athletic performance— Barefooters who have distinguished themselves on a national and/or international stage. The recipients can be nominated by anyone and are voted on by the ABC Board of Directors.  The award is given out at the USA Waterski Annual Awards Banquet in January.

Year ABC Female Athlete of the Year Year Male Athlete of the Year
1999 Lorraine Piskura 1999 Keith St. Onge
2000 Rachel George 2000 Ron Scarpa
2001 Rachel George 2001 Keith St. Onge
2002 Andrea Eggert 2002 William Farrell
2003 Dawn Farrel 2003 Al Morrison
2004 Theresa Hoffman 2004 Keith St. Onge
2005 Rachel George-Normand 2005 Ron Scarpa
2006 Jody Sherwood 2006 Keith St. Onge
2007 Elaine Heller 2007 Kevin Towers
2009 Elaine Heller 2009 Keith St. Onge
2010 Elaine Heller 2010 Adin Daneker
2011 Elaine Heller 2011 Broderick Meskers
2012 Teri Larson-Jones 2012 Johnathan Martines
2013 Lauren St.Onge 2013 Keith St. Onge
2014 Kailey Koehler 2014 Cody Heller

Award of Distinction

Year Name
2010 Brian Heeney
2013 Keith St. Onge
2014 Lee Stone

Barefoot Community Award

Year           Name
2013             Morris Lovelady

 

 (Note not all awards are awarded each year)
Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 February 2014 )

2 replies

  1. It is sad to see that very little of the history of the ABC or the awards from 1970’s to approx. 1992 is recognized.

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