Six lo­cal skiers star in na­tion­als

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies - BY ROBERT MUIR

Six Mul­wala Water Ski Club skiers have starred in the 2107 Bare­foot Na­tion­als in Perth, all achiev­ing PBs and there was a big an­nounce­ment at the pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Vic­to­rian Bare­foot Club with 13 other skiers through­out the State at Booneys Water Ski Park from April 24 to 29, it was the in­au­gu­ral na­tion­als for lo­cals Macey Hicks, and Macy and Zali Pee­bles.

Com­pet­ing in the sub ju­nior class, Zali achieved a great re­sult, fin­ish­ing first over­all af­ter record­ing equal first, with Macey, in Slalom and sec­ond in Trick.

Also in the sub ju­nior class, Macey fin­ished first in Jump, Sec­ond in Trick and equal sec- ond in Slalom for an over­all ex­cel­lent sec­ond fin­ish.

Also in her first na­tion­als, Macy Pee­bles per­formed well, fin­ish­ing third in Slalom and fourth over­all in the sub ju­nior class.

Abbey Hicks and Cooper El­liott skied ex­tremely well in this, their third na­tion­als event.

In the ju­nior girls sec­tion, Abbey fin­ished best in Jump, sec­ond in Trick, sec­ond also in Slalom for an over­all sec­ond.

In the ju­nior boys class Cooper fin­ished sec­ond in Jumps, third in Tricks and came in for a cred­itable over­all fourth in what was the big­gest class on the program.

Proud par­ents said all the skiers per­formed fan­tas­ti­cally well and with all achiev­ing their Per­sonal Bests, is tes­ta­ment to the abil­ity of their coach Peter O’Neill.

They ac­knowl­edged Peter’s many hours train­ing the young­sters in the early morn­ings be­fore school. Those par­ents of the tal­ented young­sters - Kyle and Dot Hicks, Heath and Amanda Pee­bles, and Mark and Kylie El­liott - also put in lots of hours on the river per­fect­ing their skills and trans­port­ing the skiers to their train­ing and tour­na­ments.

The highly re­spected coach said the per­for­mances of all six par­tic­i­pat­ing skiers were “re­ally im­pres­sive, outscor­ing their best scores”. “Their hard work has paid off - they are hard work­ers,” 10-time Aus­tralian cham­pion Peter told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

All six skiers are team mem­bers of the Mul­wala Water Ski Show Team (Team NSW) which won the Aus­tralian Show Ski Na­tional Ti­tles at Mul­wala ear­lier this year.

Abbey and Macey Hicks, and Peter O’Neill were also mem­bers of the Aus­tralian team which com­peted at the Show Ski World Ti­tles in the USA last year.

At the pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner in Perth a fort­night ago, there was plenty of ex­cite­ment with tro­phy an­nounce­ments and then a big­ger an­nounce­ment about se­lec­tions in the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Squad for the 2018 World Bare­foot Ti­tles in Canada.

Cooper and Abbey have been se­lected in the 14-mem­ber squad, with num­bers to re­duce to six for the team. The Year 10 and Year 11 stu­dents are wished all the best in their pur­suit of rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in Canada next year.

It was a very pleased coach on hear­ing the news in Perth. “It re­flects their hard train­ing over the last two years and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards their craft,” Peter said.

In Perth, Vic­to­ria’s 19-skier team fin­ished run­ner-up over­all to NSW but won the Ju­nior Shield and the Sup­port­ers Shield.

The girls re­ceiv­ing their gold medal for slalom and bronze for Macy Pee­bles.

Abbey re­ceiv­ing her jumps gold medal.

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