Rough con­di­tions fail to shake up driver or wa­ter­skiers

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ABBY BROWN

The Mata­mata man who was be­hind the wheel of two wa­ter­skiers’ ef­forts at the World Wa­ter­ski Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships in Welling­ton re­cently said the 10-day event was both ‘‘ awe­some’’ and ‘‘tir­ing’’.

Paul Ham­mond said all the skiers, in­clud­ing Perry Jamieson and Natalia Flex­man who he drove for, ex­pe­ri­enced very tough weather and wa­ter con­di­tions.

The con­di­tions didn’t stop the skiers from hav­ing some suc­cess. His ju­nior girl skier, Flex­man, fin­ished fourth over­all in the world.

‘‘ Out of the four races we man­aged to get on the podium in race two and pick up a third,’’ Ham­mond said.

‘‘My F2 men’s skier, Jamieson, fin­ished fifth over­all, our best race was a fourth and we missed out on get­ting third by .8 of a sec­ond, but oth­er­wise a great ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

The New Zealand team fin­ished sec­ond over­all out of seven coun­tries in the event.

Paul Ham­mond’s

skier Perry Jamieson bat­tles the el­e­ments with

an­other boat com­ing up be­hind him.

Paul Ham­mond

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