Howard Foot introduced the sport of water skiing to Prince George in the 1950s, when his father came home from the Kelowna Regatta with a pair of water skis.
Howard took to the sport naturally, and before long was winning countless medals and awards at the Kelowna Regatta, the B.C. Water Ski Provincial Championships and the B.C. Summer Games. Although recognized for his talent, it is Howard’s contribution as a teacher for which he is most respected.
In 1979, Howard opened the Nukko Lake Water Ski School. Students of all ages and abilities have sharpened their skills under his instruction, although Howard always stressed that the most important elements in water skiing are safety and fun. He was always more concerned that his skiers were enjoying themselves, rather than how they were placing in medal rounds.
The school produced many provincial, western and national champions, who attribute their success to Howard’s influence. His involvement is recognized and appreciated throughout the B.C. water skiing community.
In 1990, Howard provided further evidence of his dedication, becoming the water skiing sport chairman for the B
.C. Summer Games.
The Prince George Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to honour his efforts and welcome Howard Foot as an inaugural member, as Prince George’s first man to “walk on water.”