Leah Marie Rawls Atkins
Class of 1976

Category: Water Skiing

Born: 4/24/1935
Birthplace: Birmingham, AL

Leah Marie Rawls Atkins was born April 24, 1935 in Birmingham, Alabama. Leah was Alabama's first world's water skiing champion. She dominated the sport from 1951 to 1958. Her first year, at age 16, she won first place overall at the Ontario Championships in South Hampton, Canada. She went on to establish records and win championships, both nationally and internationally. She earned her masters and doctorate at Auburn and became the first woman to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama

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