Top slalom skiers to con­verge on Mood­e­mere

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The ex­cite­ment of ex­treme slalom water ski­ing re­turns to Lake Mood­e­mere this week­end Fe­bru­ary 17 and 18.

Aus­tralia’s best water skiers will be com­pet­ing for brag­ging rights lead­ing into the World’s best water ski tour­na­ment the Moomba Masters which is held an­nu­ally on the Yarra River in Mel­bourne

There is non-stop ac­tion from 8am on both Satur­day and Sun­day with slalom skiers from NSW, Vic­to­ria, Qld, WA and the ACT carv­ing up the water cre­at­ing spec­tac­u­lar “water walls” as they chase each other in reach­ing the max­i­mum buoy count.

Lead­ing the charge will be cur­rent Aus­tralian Team mem­ber and Aus­tralian Slalom record holder, Nic Adams. Lake Mood­e­mere is Nic’s “home water” and if he is not there, you will find him on the In­ter­na­tional Tour­na­ment cir­cuit dur­ing the north­ern hemi­spheres sum­mer.

Chas­ing down Nic will be lo­cal skier from Bun­da­long, Tom Ryan. Tom is the cur­rent Aus­tralian un­der 21 cham­pion and spends the Aus­tralian win­ter coach­ing in the USA. Also in the “Open Di­vi­sion” will be Trent Nel­son Cran­field rep­re­sent­ing the ACT and he is no stranger to giv­ing the “gun guys” some hurry up.

It will be a hotly con­tested event as Mel­bourne un­der 17 skier, Jack Christies just set a new Aus­tralian un­der 17 slalom record at last week­end’s Tour­na­ment at the Max Kir­win Lakes in Mul­wala. He is keen to con­tinue to ap­ply the pres­sure on the top skiers.

In the women’s di­vi­sion, the stand­out com­peti­tor is Bun­da­long skier Tara Ryan (yes, sis­ter of Tom). Tara is a past Aus­tralian un­der 21 slalom cham­pion and has moved up to the “open” di­vi­sion and just won the Mul­wala 4 round on the week­end.

A to­tal of 50 com­peti­tors will fight for Lake Mood­e­mere Cham­pi­onship hon­ours, which is a test of form lead­ing into the State Ti­tles, Moomba and the Aus­tralian Na­tion­als which will be held over Easter in Goondi­windi Qld.

Aus­tralian Un­der 21 slalom cham­pion and Bun­da­long lo­cal Tom Ryan will aim to have suc­cess at Mood­e­mere so he can com­pete at Moomba.

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