What Ever Happened to Toni Neville?

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  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,371 Mega Baller
    edited December 2011
    I am surprised that it is her 2nd ride in 10 years. I wonder if she lost the passion or what. It would be cool to get an interview for BOS with the Nevilles and see where they are today. I take it they are still living down under. I found this CC press release from 2002.

    ORLANDO, FL – March 1, 2002 Correct Craft announces the retirement of Bruce and Toni Neville from professional competitive waterskiing. Correct Craft is proud of its long association with both of these world-class athletes.
    Bruce, a veteran and specialist of waterski jumping, began skiing at the age of 5 and first competed at the age of ten. The Australian Men Jump Record Holder is a 3-time World Record Holder; 1995 World Jump Champion; 9-time Australian/Moomba Masters Champion; and a list of championship titles from around the globe too numerous to list here.
    Toni Neville, the first female to ever jump over 200 feet, is also a 4-time World Women Jump Record Holder; Co-Holder of the World Women Ski Fly Record; 1997 Co-World Women Slalom Record Holder; 1999 World Women Jump Record Holder; Current Masters Women Slalom Champion, and also has, world-wide titles too numerous to show here.
    When asked if she would defend her Masters Slalom title, Toni said, "I haven't decided just yet. In lieu of the new Correct Craft/GM Vortec Engine relationship combined with the largest purse in waterskiing history, it is very tempting. I'll just have to see how my training progresses. After all, the Masters is the greatest waterski tournament in the world. You need only to travel worldwide, as I have, to all the other tournaments to see why the Masters is unique and indeed very special."
    "Bruce and Toni are two of the finest athletes, and more importantly human beings, that we have ever had the privilege to do business with," said Larry Meddock, vice president of marketing for Correct Craft. The two Australian natives will be sorely missed on the world- class competition circuit. Both are extremely popular throughout Australia due to their long and successful careers in competitive waterskiing not only in their homeland, but also throughout the world while representing Australia.
    Correct Craft, however, is also pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce and Toni Neville to guide Correct Craft in its quest to develop a production facility in their native country—Australia. They have both been associated with the Nautiques by Correct Craft for the past ten years and have valuable knowledge and experience with the product. This new venture will give Bruce and Toni, as a team, an opportunity to continue their commitment to the watersports industry.
    "We are excited about the opportunities Correct Craft has afforded us," Neville stated, "not only as athletes, but as their representatives to help establish a manufacturing resource in Australia." "This will also give us a chance to return to our homeland, while at the same time continue our longstanding relationship with Correct Craft," he continued.
    Correct Craft, Inc., manufacturer of world-renowned Nautiques® is the oldest family- owned and operated boat manufacturer in the world, known for their leadership in pioneering technology and innovative designs for over 77 years.
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,625 Mega Baller
    Probably did it so intensely for so long that she/they burned out on it. That and life/kids/location got in the way. Also would seem pretty hard to me for a pro (type A personality?) to just step down a level and do it just for fun. That level athlete has a different kind of mind set. One of my former ski buds trained to a pretty high level then just quit cold turkey. Hard to get him to the lake once a year for some coaching now. His work ethic and tunnel vision, get the job done attitude has carried over into his business though.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • dthatedthate Posts: 211 Baller
    Like Peter Chase, just wants to fish.
  • Since retirement Toni and Bruce have become very involved in boats and lived Queensland, Australia. They are presently sailing on their catamaran around the US after being in the


    Since retirement Toni and Bruce have live in Queensland, Australia and become very involved in boats. At present they are sailing around the US after being in the Caribbean for some time. Plans are to sail back to Australia across the Pacific at some
    stage. Have done this sort of thing a number of times before. I think their lack of interest in skiing themselves is more a reflection on how difficult it is to be a tournament even a social skier in Australia, there are very few places to ski. Florida is just the opposite, lakes and great areas to ski everywhere. I am sure if they lived there they would ski a lot ! Brett
    Thurley on the other hand has a social ski most week-ends, but there is a lot of traffic on his
    Roger Kirby , Toni's dad, Bruce and Brett's father in law
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Solid Baller
    I got to meet both of them at Andy and Deena Mapple's ski school in 1995. The stopped by one day breifly.

    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot

  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Solid Baller
    She got into 32 off! If that is only her second time out in 10 years, that's awesome. I bet it would come back to her pretty quick..

    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot

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