Amaz­ing team pushed the US

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

The Aus­tralian Ski Show Team fea­tur­ing 24 skiers from the Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club has re­turned from 2018 world cham­pi­onships know­ing they pushed and even outscored the mighty US team.

Held at Huntsville On­tario, Canada at the Deer Hurst Re­sort on Septem­ber 9 and 10 the cham­pi­onships were not with­out its chal­lenges.

“The event was held on a big open lake, so skiers con­tended with other boat wakes off in the dis­tance as well as some of the rough­est wa­ter pos­si­ble to ski on,” Pete said.

“Our goal was to close that gap and have the US team look­ing over their shoul­der.

“The team trained for ten days at Lake Of Bays Ma­rina now owned by former lo­cal Liam Al­rich.

“We then trained on site at Huntsville for four days.

“The team was un­der pres­sure through­out with in­juries tak­ing out all of the re­serve spots be­fore we left.

“Dur­ing the sec­ond round we lost Liam Al­rich with a ham­string tear and had to sub in an al­ter­nate. “Luck­ily we had Sam Olphert able to as­sist, he had a knee in­jury and wasn’t able to ski but was able to steer the pick-up boat.

“The first day of com­pe­ti­tion was con­stantly de­layed with ter­ri­ble con­di­tions so windy they blew the jump out of po­si­tion

“We had to cut back on a lot of our acts and sim­plify the dif­fi­culty of the show as the rough wa­ter was play­ing havoc. Dur­ing the sec­ond day we in­creased our score which was in­cred­i­ble as it was even rougher.

“High­lights in­cluded our first jump act stick­ing it, our jumpers didn’t get much of a chance to train as we only got ac­cess to a proper jump on the days we trained on site which was just four times.

“The bal­let girls were awe­some, they did their toe turn run on the cor­ner, which scores re­ally high.

“All the other teams dropped that act be­cause of the con­di­tions. The same with the pyra­mid, we did a dou­ble top four high (four peo­ple high and two wide at the top), the best scor­ing pyra­mid of the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Pete said the teams bare­foot acts were “ham­mered” due to the rough con­di­tions. But to Pete’s credit the mul­ti­ple world bare­foot cham­pion still man­aged to re­ceive the MVP for the tour­na­ment.

The Aus­tralian team suc­cess­fully won the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories; sound, mu­sic and an- nounc­ing, driv­ing, cos­tumes, over­all show, show­man­ship.

“It was in­cred­i­ble to beat the Amer­i­cans even if it was just for one round,” Pete said.

“Some­thing that most peo­ple as­sumed would be im­pos­si­ble. We trained hard and were dis­ci­plined and we are look­ing for­ward to tak­ing them on in Aus­tralia.”

Pete said the US have close to 100 show teams across the coun­try and have been hold­ing National Cham­pi­onships for the last 60 years. Con­versely, Aus­tralia has four show teams and has only held four National Cham­pi­onships.

“On top of that, Amer­ica has many pro­fes­sional shows where skiers are paid to per­form and this all this adds up to their tal­ent pool be­ing huge and their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing un­match­able,” he said

“We couldn’t be hap­pier with our team and we thank all the lo­cals for their sup­port this last year and look for­ward to host­ing the world cham­pi­onships in 2020.

“In 2020 who knows what the Aussies can do,” Pete said.

The Aus­tralian team bal­let line was an im­por­tant fea­ture in their show. Photo: Colin Wat­son

The Aus­tralian Ski Show team in their themed toy story ski show out­fits.

Aus­tralian team’s strap doubles line.

Bo­den Strawhorn and Kate Green per­form­ing their strap doubles rou­tine. Photo: Colin Wat­son.

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