Tricks take top spot

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By JA­SON HOW­ELLS Win­tec jour­nal­ism stu­dent

Wil­liam Leigh doesn’t need wa­ter­skis to win tro­phies, he does it in his bare feet.

The Ku­ranui School stu­dent com­peted in the Barefoot Ski­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships last week and achieved sec­ond place in the slalom divi­sion, first place in the tricks divi­sion and first place over all.

Wil­liam also re­ceived the Most Promis­ing New­comer award and was se­lected for the Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment squad.

The event was held in Otaki, Kapiti, in which Wil­liam, 10, com­peted in the sub ju­nior un­der-13 boys’ divi­sion, which con­sists of three rounds.

He skied for two 40-sec­ond bursts a round, in each cat­e­gory and was pulled by a jet boat which trav­elled at ap­prox­i­mately 58 kilo­me­tres an hour.

When asked how he felt about win­ning the competition Wil­liam said it was cool and the tro­phy was huge.

Af­ter be­ing se­lected for the Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment Squad, Wil­liam will also go to a spe­cial train­ing camp where he will com­pete with oth­ers in his class and if se­lected he will com­pete in the World Barefoot Cham­pi­onships which will be held in Texas next year.

Wil­liam is ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity and trains at least three times a week with his fam-

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