Janesville welcomes the world (skiers)
Long before Paul Ryan’s ascension to the top GOP ranks shined a spotlight on his hometown, the Rock Aqua Jays water ski team in large part was responsible for putting Janesville on the national map. After all, the Aqua Jays have hosted national ski tournaments 23 times.
Starting Wednesday, top skiers from around the globe will be using the Aqua Jays’ fine facilities on the Rock River in Traxler Park as they practice for this weekend’s World Water Ski Show Tournament. Janesville got a feather in its cap as the host of this first-ever event.
The opening ceremony is at 6 p.m. Friday, and teams from the United States, China, Canada, Australia and Belgium will compete starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. They’ll draw running orders before action begins Saturday. Select members of the Aqua Jays are part of Team USA.
You don’t have to wait until the weekend to watch some this world-class talent. Teams will be practicing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
Besides the chance to watch some of water skiing’s finest jumpers, barefooters and swivelers, the event is a great boon to Janesville economically, socially and culturally, as our editorial Wednesday will explain.
Janesville, let’s put our best foot forward.