Hon­our for sports star

PLAQUE FOR FRANK BON­NEY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

WATERSKIING pi­o­neer and le­gend Frank Bon­ney will be recog­nised in Bur­swood.

FRANK Bon­ney was a pi­o­neer and le­gend of waterskiing in WA.

“He just ate, lived and breathed waterskiing; you could see it in his eyes,” his daugh­ter Heather Bonny said.

“When I wrote a book about him, there were 55 trib­utes. We were only plan­ning on get­ting four of five.”

The Tas­ma­nian-born cham­pion wa­ter­skier moved to Perth in 1955 and had his HPC Pest Con­trol and wa­ter ski­ing busi­ness on Bur­swood Road for 45 years. He also helped found the Bur­swood Water­sports Wa­ter Ski.

Mr Bon­ney was 17 times WA State Slalom Cham­pion and seven times Aus­tralian Slalom Cham­pion.

A plaque hon­our­ing Mr Bon­ney will be un­veiled at the WA Wa­ter Ski As­so­ci­a­tion head­quar­ters in Bur­swood on June 11 as part of the Heiris­son Is­land Tour­na­ment Wa­ter Ski Club and Tour­na­ment Wa­ter Ski­ing WA pre­sen­ta­tion day.

“He bought a fish­ing boat and found some old skis in it. He then started ski­ing and the WA Wa­ter Ski As­so­ci­a­tion was formed in 1957,” Mrs Bon­ney said.

“He skied un­til he passed away... I once asked some in­ter­na­tional judges whether there was any­one in the world do­ing what he was do­ing.

“They said there were only peo­ple in their 50s or 60s go­ing at the same speeds as he was.

“He would be go­ing at 52km/h.”

Mr Bon­ney died in 2012, at the age of 84 and his life is re­mem­ber in the book Wa­ter Ski­ing Le­gend The Life & Times of Frank Bon­ney: The His­tory of Wa­ter Ski­ing, which Mrs Bon­ney wrote with wa­ter skier Jon Brod­er­ick.

“It took three years to com­plete the book, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Cancer Coun­cil and the MakeA-Wish Foun­da­tion,” she said.

“It doesn’t just look at my fa­ther and his life but also the his­tory of the sport from the 1960s.”

To at­tend the pre­sen­ta­tion, RSVP by June 5 to Daw­son@west­net.com.au.

Frank Bon­ney in ac­tion.

Frank Bon­ney.

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