Water babies get up to speed
JUNIOR waterskiers refined and honed their skills at Bedford Weir at the weekend, many achieving personal best scores and learning a whole range of new tricks to add to their repertoire.
The water-skimming daredevils trained in the slalom event, using the speed of the boat to vary their speed around the markers, and in the trick-based events, using the wake of the boat to take flight.
One of Australia’s premier tournament waterskiers, Joel Wing, was on hand to give the youngsters some hints and tips after travelling from the Gold Coast for the practice meet.
Competitors will probably want all the competition practice they can get their hands on with big ticket match-ups not too far away.
The first leg of the Central Queensland Series at Fairburn Dam is due to start in the coming weeks - one of seven stages for the series.
The Australian Titles in Townsville next April also look promising for a number of local skiers, Queensland Water Ski spokesperson Gabe Church said, with a few juniors definitely in the running for next year’s selection.
Meanwhile, Springsure barefoot skier Clint Vievers has already hit the national stage with a spot on the Australian team.
Clint will compete in the World Championships in Germany in three weeks’ time.