Pigeons dominant in decider
The Mulwala Water Ski Club is set to host some of the best show skiers in the world after winning its bid to hold 2020 Ski Show World Championships.
The official announcement was made recently in Canada after another successful per- formance of the talented Australian team that finished second in the championships.
Remarkably the team of 35 featured 24 skiers from the Mulwala Water Ski Club and were only beaten by the might of the US team.
Mulwala Water Ski Club President Len Langford said it was an amazing effort by the Australian team headed up by locals Brant Ryan and Pete O’Neill, the team’s two show directors that have put on the local ski show for years. “I am over the moon,” Len said.
“We have been trying to get this for a number of years.
“These guys have put a lot of time into this and now we will see a major world skiing spectacle not seen before in Australia in our town.
“This will be really good for the community and we need everyone to get behind us as we now have lot of work to do.”
Mr Langford said the club have big plans Photo: Colin Watson for the Max Kirwin Ski Parks to bring it up to world standard for show skiing.
“We will need to upgrade the amenities, facilities and the ski park needs to be altered to fit with show skiing,” he said.
Mr Langford said the park’s upgrades have the full support of the board and the club will also be seeking grants.
“This is an event that will attract the national interest,” he said.
Mr Langford expects championship’s media coverage to be great for the community.
The Mulwala Water Ski Club is no stranger to holding world class ski events. It has hosted the Junior World Championships and the World Disabled Championships so this will be another milestone event for the club.
For club professional and coach Pete O’Neil is was a proud moment to be rewarded as the host venue for the 2020 Ski Show World Championships.
“It’s been a dream to hosts worlds for the last six or seven years but last year in March at the Ski Show Nationals (held at the ski park) we had all of the important decision makers for Show Ski Australia present and from there the idea grew into a bid for the 2020 worlds and now we have won the right to host them,” Pete said.
“We know we will get six countries to come; Belgum, Germany, China, USA and Canada. But Mexico were at the 2018 World Championship to watch and look like they will enter and the New Zealanders are building a team up as well so we might end up with eight including us.”
Pete said there is a lot of work to do attracting sponsorship and funding but knows it will be all worth it with thousands of spectators expected to witness the amazing skiing spectacle.
“The show skiing worlds are incredible. No- where else will you see this sort of talent altogether here in Australia.
“Acts like the seven man front flip off the ski jump needs to be seen to be believed. The swivel tricks the girls do are amazing and the shows that are put on are amazing also.
“If you like skiing you have to go to a show ski worlds in your lifetime. And now we have one in our town, it will be amazing,” Pete said.
The local ski club “are super excited” to host the world championships and if anyone has skills or something they can do to help, they can contact Pete on 0407 242 656.
The Australian Ski Show team performing their pyramid act during the recent Ski Show World Championships in Huntsville, Canada.