2013 has been an amazing summer full of water skiing and traveling. This past week I was able to compete at the USA Water Ski National competition in West Palm Beach, FL. Unfortunately, during the competition I did not ski as well as I hoped. Yet I cannot complain, I have had a very successful season. During this time last summer I was recovering from a condition called costochondritis. This is a conditions which causes inflammation on the chest and making it painful to take deep breaths at times. So even though I did not place as I hoped to at nationals, I have been able to ski and travel to some of my favorite places without any signs or symptoms from this injury.
While at Nationals , I was able to reunite with many friends and meet new skiers as well. Nationals is like a BIG family reunion. So many people travel from all over the nation to come and compete. It is an amazing atmosphere full of rivalry, team spirit and excitement. Just being there is a thrill to experience. When I was not watching friends ski, I was able to talk to some of the pros like Marcus Brown and April Coble. However the one conversation that was most inspiring was with Krisiti Overton, an amazing skier and strong christian woman. To be able to share my passion for water skiing and for my Lord with a professional skier was the highlight of the trip. I took away many lessons from the trip both spiritually, mentally, and physically. Since the 2013 Nationals have been completed now the 2014 water ski season has officially started! There are still plenty of tournaments this fall and I am excited to see where this year will take me.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV