Skiers pit their skills against world’s best
Two of the region’s barefoot skiers are set to compete against some of the best in the world at the Waikato Regional Championships this weekend.
The competition is the second of three selection tournaments for the New Zealand barefoot waterski team which will attend the World Championships in Texas later this year.
Matamata man Lewis Mcnabb has been named as the chief driver for the championships which is a huge achievement.
Piarere junior skiers Tom Mathis and William Leigh from Tirau are in the New Zealand squad and will be competing at the Horahora Domain this Saturday and Sunday.
Waikato president for New Zealand Barefoot Skiing Kathy Duxfield said these were two top competitors but the competition would be tough as there would be world class skiers in attendance.
‘‘There are top competitors including an Otaki girl, Georgia Groen, who set a provisional world record last weekend for junior girls’ tricks,’’ she said. ‘‘It will be big competition and a number of high class skiers will come through the event.’’
Anthony Hawes from Tauranga and Ms Duxfield will also be competing in the seniors’ category.