Club hon­ours ski leg­end

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE me­mory of wa­ter ski leg­end Frank Bon­ney will live on af­ter a plaque in his honour was un­veiled at the Burswood Wa­ter Sports Cen­tre.

The plaque was un­veiled on June 11 as part of the Heiris­son Is­land Tour­na­ment Wa­ter Ski Club and Tour­na­ment Wa­ter Ski­ing WA pre­sen­ta­tion day.

Frank’s daugh­ter Heather Bon­ney said it was a beau­ti­ful day and her fa­ther would have been smil­ing about it.

“A num­ber of peo­ple spoke dur­ing the day, in­clud­ing Chas Hew­son from the WA Wa­ter Ski As­so­ci­a­tion’s tour­na­ment di­vi­sion,” she said.

“He spoke about how my fa­ther was al­ways in­ter­ested in train­ing the ju­niors, in­clud­ing him­self. It didn’t mat­ter if they were a win­ner or a begin­ner.

“My fa­ther was the first wa­ter­skier to be hon­oured at the site. He was a pi­o­neer.

“I was very emo­tional on the day; I gave a trib­ute about him.

“This means a lot to the Bon­ney fam­ily. He ded­i­cated his whole life to the sport and he would be chuffed at be­ing hon­oured.”

The Tas­ma­nian-born cham­pion wa­ter-skier moved to Perth in 1955 and had his HPC Pest Con­trol and wa­ter ski­ing busi­ness on Burswood Road for 45 years.

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

He also helped found the Burswood Water­sports Wa­ter Ski area. Mr Bon­ney died in 2012 at the age of 84.

His life is re­mem­bered 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.

Heather Bon­ney with some of her fa­ther’s mem­o­ra­bilia.

Frank Bon­ney.

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