Fairbairn Dam will host the annual Brian Rix Memorial tournament this weekend.
Fairbairn Dam will host the annual Brian Rix Memorial tournament this weekend.

Ski tournament held to remember a brother

NEIL Rix will be out to defend his title at this year’s Brian Rix Memorial weekend.

The avid Emerald water skier was declared the 2010 meet’s fastest, after clocking up speeds in excess of 100kmph in the final at Fairbairn Dam.

Neil who is brother to the late Brian Rix, said every year the tournament put on some great performances and this year should be no different.

The annual event commemorates Central Highlands water skier Brian Rix, who was killed in a boating accident on the Fitzroy River in 1999, aged 28.

Neil remembered his older brother Brian as being like any knock-about bloke who loved sport and being out on the water.

What started as a memorial weekend to mark the 10th anniversary of Brian’s death, has grown into a huge annual event, attracting skiers from all corners of the state.

Although it was not part of official tournament standings in the Central Highlands and Central Queensland competition rounds, Neil said the memorial event still pulled in plenty of stiff competition from strong clubs such as Bundaberg and Townsville.

Close to 15 boats were scheduled for this year’s meet, which also coincided as one of the first tournaments of the new season.

Organisers have been forced to withdraw the powerboats from this year’s line-up due to circumstances beyond their control.

“There’s been a few dramas with insurance and it was going to cost just way too much money,” Neil said.

However Neil assured spectators the competition will still offer plenty of action.

Entry will be by gold coin donation and it starts 8.30am on Saturday and Sunday.


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