The U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team won the overall gold medal at the 9th Disabled Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 3-6, in Vichy, France. The United States tallied 9,341.73 points in winning the gold medal for a record fifth time at the biennial event. Italy earned the silver medal with 9,240.23 points and France earned the bronze medal with 5,748.02 points. Australia (5,622.60 points) and Great Britain (4,497.86 points) rounded out the top-five placements in the 18-team field.
2009 Disabled Team
Standing (left-to-right): Mike Royal, Craig Timm, Katie Mawby, Dr. Keith Barbour and Denise Bowness. Seated (left-to-right): Bill Bowness, Bill Furbish, Jessica Radmilovic, Joe Ray, Daniel Reed and Chad Guzman.