ON HIS WAY: Glenn Rix on the second lap of the ten lap race. INSET: Glenn with the boat he skied behind, The B.
ON HIS WAY: Glenn Rix on the second lap of the ten lap race. INSET: Glenn with the boat he skied behind, The B. Kelly Butterworth

Wave of support at Brian Rix Memorial

GLEN, Neil and Errol Rix always save their top performances for the one weekend that holds a special place in their hearts.

The water-loving dare-devils took to their skis and boats for the annual memorial which honours their brother and in Errol's case, son.

Brian was killed doing the sport he loved in 1999 and the trio teamed up to win the feature Brian Rix Memorial race - Glen on the ski, Neil driving and Errol observing.

Event organiser Tarina Rix says it is a race that the three really strive to win.

"I think it gives them that extra drive to win, that extra reason to compete so hard," Tarina said.

"It definitely puts a nice finish to the end of the weekend for them.

"They are always very proud to win it, but in saying that they are always gracious if they don't.

"All three jobs are different and very tough in their own right, but it's most important that they all trust one another - and they do completely."

Juniors, seniors, novices and experts flocked to the Fairbairn Dam where by all accounts the weekend was a real success.

Tarina said the visitors loved coming to Emerald as it "offers different water conditions".

"Most of the people who come from outside of the Highlands usually race on the ocean, so here with the dam it's vastly different," Rix said. "The waves have a curved top in ocean and out here they have a peak on the top on the dam so the ski reacts completely different.

"Basically out here it's a lot smoother."

For a sport renowned for accidents and injuries, the weekend was an uneventful one in that regard - which pleased everyone.

"It's a very dangerous sport, when you have guys going 120mile an hour it's dangerous," she said.

"But we had no accidents which is always good. It's a bonus."

A full list of winners is in our roundup section.


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