Amazing team pushed the US
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.