Athans, George, Jr
George Athans, Jr, water-skier (b at Kelowna, BC 6 July 1952). Athans began competitive waterskiing at age 12, and at 15 won his first Canadian slalom title. Before his career was ended in 1975 by a knee injury, he was 10 times Canadian champion 1965-74 and set 5 Canadian records. He won the world overall title at Banolas, Spain, in 1971 and again in 1973 at Bogotá, Colombia. In 1973 he became the first non-US skier to win the coveted US Masters title. He has been Canadian amateur, BC and Québec athlete of the year and in 1974 he was awarded the Order of Canada.