Dim­boola gears for global con­test

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Dim­boola will en­ter the in­ter­na­tional stage of bare­foot wa­ter skiing early next year when the world’s best com­pete in the Wim­mera River town.

Su­per­stars of the sport, who will be in Aus­tralia for world cham­pi­onships in NSW, will use a bur­geon­ing Dim­boola com­pe­ti­tion to pre­pare for the ti­tles.

Dim­boola Boat and Wa­ter Ski Club has sched­uled its Peter Tay­lor Me­mo­rial Night Jump and Tour­na­ment for March 27 and 28, two weeks be­fore the world ti­tles.

The move has pro­vided an ideal op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors from around the globe to sharpen their skills and opened the door for the Wim­mera to host the high­est level of com­pe­ti­tion pos­si­ble.

Ex­cited Dim­boola club pres­i­dent Dar­ren Bone said if fans were im­pressed with last Novem­ber’s Peter Tay­lor Me­mo­rial event, they would be ‘blown away’ in 2020.

“You don’t get any bet­ter than this,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to be live-streamed around the world and lit­tle old Dim­boola will be the fo­cus of the sport on the other side of the planet. How big is that for Dim­boola?

“We an­tic­i­pate what hap­pens in March will be up to four times big­ger than what we saw at Dim­boola in Novem­ber when we had 800 to 1000 peo­ple gather on the river bank.

“We could even have the Amer­i­can bare­foot wa­ter ski team train­ing be­fore­hand at Dim­boola and if they don’t take up the op­por­tu­nity it will be the Aus­tralian team.

“There will be Cana­di­ans, Aus­tri­ans, French and English keen to get in some qual­ity prac­tice. It will be a case of a small town rub­bing shoul­ders with the rest of the world. It will be mas­sive.”

Mr Bone said Bare­foot Aus­tralia was back­ing the cham­pi­onships and for­mer world cham­pion Peter O’neill would bring his ski show team to the event.

“It’s go­ing to be mas­sive and a grand fi­nale for the week­end will again fea­ture a big fire­works dis­play. To say we’re look­ing for­ward to it would an un­der­state­ment,” he said.

Na­tional award

Mr Bone said a key rea­son be­hind Dim­boola hav­ing such a strong at­trac­tion from na­tional and in­ter­na­tional wa­ter-ski en­thu­si­asts was be­cause of river con­di­tions.

“The river set­ting is su­perb and all the user groups tap­ping into this won­der­ful re­source are mak­ing sure we all look after it,” he said.

Dim­boola user-group ef­forts to protect the river for both recre­ation and en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues led to the town clinch­ing a na­tional Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful award.

Judges an­nounced dur­ing na­tional pre­sen­ta­tions in Tas­ma­nia last month that Dim­boola had won the awards’ ‘En­vi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity – Wa­ter’ sec­tion.

The award was for lead­er­ship and in­no­va­tion in wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and man­age­ment.

The win, fol­low­ing Vic­to­rian suc­cess last year, was based on a plan put to­gether by Dim­boola Boat and Wa­ter Ski Club, Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, the Hind­marsh coun­cil and Dim­boola Weir Pool users group.

Mr Bone said all Dim­boola wa­ter users played a key part in the award and should be proud of the ac­co­lade.

“Judges found this sec­tion of wa­ter­way was the best looked after in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“It just goes to show our pro­cesses in look­ing after the river, which are of course in our own best in­ter­ests, are sec­ond to none. There is no doubt Dim­boola’s greatest as­set is the Wim­mera River.”

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