Max Kirwan developed the sport of water skiing through 40 years of involvement as well as representing the sport as president of the Australian Water Ski Association for eight years from 1970 to 1978. Water Skiing made giant strides especially in the barefoot and ski racing disciplines.
Another outstanding achievement was as the founder of the Mulwala Water Ski Club, which was to become one of the worlds most successful water ski clubs. This venture would not have been possible without Kirwan and his vision.
Kirwan’s administration skills convinced the world body of Australia’s ability to host the world titles. Although ski racing was barely recognised as a sport, Kirwan convinced the world body to conduct the world titles and in 1978, Kirwan was appointed Group 111 president (The Asia Australasian Region).
Kirwan orchestrated Australian officials to assist and teach Asian countries to conduct world class tournaments, and also arranged for our top skiers to coach throughout the entire pacific region. These efforts finally came to fruition when Indonesia hosted the first ever Group 111 titles outside Australia and New Zealand.
Kirwan was awarded life membership of the Australian Water Ski Association in 1978 for outstanding service to water skiing. He received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to water skiing in 1985, making him the first person from water skiing to be recognised in the Queens’ Honour List.