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Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY JARED LOUGHNAN

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.

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