Wil­liam a win­ner on wa­ter

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

ily. Apart from win­ning the na­tional cham­pi­onships he has also com­peted in the Welling­ton re­gion­als, the Waikato re­gion­als and the Bay of Plenty re­gion­als, in which he won first place in the tricks and slalom di­vi­sions, and also first place over­all in all three events.

The tricks sec­tion in­volves ski­ing on one foot, then one hand, then pro­ceeds to sit down, stand up, tum­ble over, go on his back, spin around and fi­nally to stand back up.

His favourite event is the slalom divi­sion, which con­sists of 15-sec­ond bursts from one side of the boat to the other.

Wil­liam has only been barefoot ski­ing for a year and said he al­ready loved it, and had taken to it like a duck to wa­ter.

He was in­tro­duced to the sport through his cousin Tom who went to a barefoot ski­ing camp in Ati­a­muri.

When Wil­liam heard about it he de­cided to give it a go as well.

Wil­liam said he also liked to wa­ter-ski but now en­joyed barefoot ski­ing much more.

Al­though he wishes to be an ar­chi­tect when he gets older be­cause of de­sign classes he en­joys at school, he said he wanted to con­tinue with barefoot ski­ing for as long as he could.

‘‘I en­joy the adrenalin rush the most,’’ he said.

Bare­footed bril­liance: Ku­ranui School stu­dent Wil­liam Leigh re­ceived the most promis­ing new­comer award at the Barefoot Ski­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

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