Wake is back
Organisers of the Wakeboard Victoria Official Championships were so impressed with Deniliquin last year, they have made it an annual location for their top-class competition.
The Deniliquin Boat Club hosted round three of the official competitive wakeboarding titles for the first time in January last year.
It attracted a record breaking 44 competi- tors to the Edward River, which included a handful of locals.
This year, Deniliquin will host round four of the competition on Saturday, January 19.
With the Deniliquin Boat Club as HQ again, officials expect at least 200 competitors, support crew and spectators will attend.
Deni Boat Club committee member Julia Druitt said Wakeboard Victoria was ‘‘quite keen’’ to come back to the Edward River.
‘‘From all reports Wakeboard Victoria were really happy with last year’s event,’’ she said.
‘‘It was one of their biggest events in terms of both competitor and spectator numbers.
‘‘We even had some of the annual campers at the BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park not only spectate, but get out there and compete.’’
Spectators can enter for free and food and refreshments will be available on the day. There will also be live music into the evening.
Miss Druitt said the economic spin-off of Deniliquin being a popular sport for Wakeboard Victoria events will be positive.
‘‘It’s great to have events like this as it bring people to our town,’’ she said.
‘‘People are going to stay at local motels and eat at local businesses, so it’s very beneficial.
‘‘It’s at a peak tourism time for the town as well with plenty of activity on the river.
‘‘It’s a free event with some very talented wakeboarders and there’s no better place to be in summer than by the river.’’
The event will be held at the Deni Boat Club at 44 Riverview Dr with the action kicking off at 10am on Saturday, January 19.