Local couple lead USA to bronze medal

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Competing for a World Championship is nothing new for Wilsonville residents Joe Ray and Ronda Jarvis-Ray, so it should be no surprise that this couple helped lead the United States to a bronze medal at the Eighth Disabled Water Ski World Championships in Townsville, Australia Sunday.

The couple, who reside on Lay Lake, broke onto the world scene in 2003 as the first couple to compete at the World Championships. Ray is a seven-time world record holder in slalom, while Jarvis-Ray is a two-time world record holder.

Ray entered the competition last week as a favorite to capture his fourth world title and maintain his world record in slalom. However, after a rough go, he did not make the cut for the slalom finals but finished with a silver medal in the trick event to take bronze overall in the men&8217;s MP2 classification.

Jarvis-Ray led the duo with four medals, taking gold overall in the women&8217;s MP3 classification and took home the silver in slalom and tricks. She added a bronze medal for the jump event.

Great Britain took home gold for the second-straight year, while

Australia won silver.

The Disabled Water Ski World Championships run every two years. This year, 52 athletes from 15 countries joined together to compete down under.

All athletes compete in classification against athletes with similar disabilities. Classifications include V2 and V3 for skiers partially blind, or V1 for totally blind. Paraplegic and quadriplegics compete in MP1, MP2 and MP3.