GREAT CONDITIONS: Skiers hit the water at Blackwater’s Bedford Weir during round two of the Central Queensland Ski Series at the weekend.
GREAT CONDITIONS: Skiers hit the water at Blackwater’s Bedford Weir during round two of the Central Queensland Ski Series at the weekend. Meghan Kidd Emeski

Awesome skills on show at Bedford Weir water event

EMERALD'S Tony Holmes might be new to the Central Queensland Waterski Series, but out on the water it's apparent this local sportsman is no rookie on the waterski scene.

Round two of the CQ Series roared into action at the Bedford Weir in Blackwater at the weekend, with Holmes placing fourth (24.6 points) in division six.

The former barefoot skier came within a whisker of placing in his maiden event, having trailed just 0.3 of a point behind third place in his division.

Fellow Central Highlands skiers Gabe Church (Blackwater) and Derek Lee (Emerald) made solid impressions in the more experienced division three. Church strengthened his lead in the series with another first placing at the weekend. While Lee, whose competition exposure this year has been limited, placed further back in the field.

Mackay-based skier and last year's mens over-21s national champion, Randall Rogers, was too good in division two and easily accounted for the field to take top honours at the weekend.

Round three of the series will be in Rockhampton on November 17-18. The CH skiing fraternity has sent out an open invitation to those interested in the sport, particularly the juniors, to join.

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