I am excited to let you know that Willie, the puppy who Wendy worked with as a Southeastern puppy-in-training from August 2019 to October 2020, has been placed with her forever person. This placement means Willie is well on her way to becoming a Southeastern Guide Dog in a few weeks. I hope Willie will … Continue reading Willie’s Good News
Let me give a huge shout out to my daughter, Taylor, for capturing this exciting footage from the 2019 IWWF World Disabled Water Ski Championships. She also added audio description, closed caption, and the following transcript to make the video more accessible. https://youtu.be/jB6LSutMtAc YouTube https://youtu.be/jB6LSutMtAc On the video there are two voices, Tony Lightfoot and Taylor … Continue reading Mike Royal Audio Slalom Highlights
The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) ratified my pending World Slalom Record from the 2019 Disabled World Championships with a score of 5.50/58/12.00 which is a New World V1 Men’s Slalom Record. Thank you to the organizers and all who volunteered at the World Championships, the IWWF for their review, and everyone else who supported me through the … Continue reading World Record Ratified
In case the below photo of me skiing is not enough for you, here is the link to the Water Ski Broadcasting Company produced 2019 World Disabled Water Ski Championships video. You can watch me skiing between 3:52:49 - 4:04:49 and the podium presentation starts at 8:33:58. Photo by Mike's daughter, Taylor Royal.
The USA Adaptive Water Ski Team won the gold medal at the 14th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Disabled Water Ski World Championships, July 25-28, in Skarnes, Norway. I won the gold medal in Vision Impaired Men slalom (5.50/58/12.00), my slalom score skied in the finals ties the existing World Record. I also won the bronze … Continue reading Successful World Championships
Taylor took a one-second video all 376 days we had Mystery our second Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) puppy-in-training. The video shows pictures of Mystery from 10 weeks old about 15 months old. Mystery is back at GDB starting guide dog training. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twK_sf1kZ1A
Check out the video my daughter, Taylor, made back in May 2018 showing Omega’s return trip to the GDB campus in Boring, Oregon. The video is added here to introduce a lunch and learn I plan to present at Anadarko in early June.
On January 3, 2019, I started working with my 5th guide dog. Subi is a 2-year-old female Fidelco German Shepherd. During the In-community Placement, the Fidelco placement specialist, Pete, worked with Subi and me for two weeks around my house and office. Subi and I are working well together and plan to pass the six-month … Continue reading Introducing Subi
Finally, finally, finally...It took me 20 years to make a team that will represent the United States at an international competition. Putting this site together reminded me of the many people that have helped me along the way. A Special thank you goes out to my family and friends for putting up with my never … Continue reading Special Thanks