Tricks take top spot
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-