TWO up-and-coming Territory waterskiers were given the royal treatment recently when the NT Waterski Association played host to the Australian Junior Elite school at the Lakes Resort in Berry Springs.
The event drew around 30 junior slalom and trick skiers from around the country to the Territory.
Two of Australia's top coaches, World Champion Ryan Green and Bruce Cockburn ran sessions over a two week period.
New personal best scores were popping up everywhere on the weekend of June 19-20 at Ironwood. At least three skiers even had more than one PB in slalom: Alex Gaharan (3 ½ @ 20 mph), Natalie Gaharan (2 @ 28 mph) and Julia Trenkle (3 ½ @ 22’ off)—all from nearby Ski West.
There were lots of other slalom PB’s including Boys 3 skier Cole Giacopuzzi, who also had the best slalom score of the tournament (5 @ 35’ off--36 mph). Following Cole, but at 34 mph, were Bill Barrett (3 ½ @ 35’ off), J.P. Tipich and Jay Fitzpatrick (both with 2 ½ at 35’off). Bob Edie has returned to skiing tournaments in the Arvin area and was the most improved slalom skier in group 3 (2 @ 35’ off—more than 4 buoys over his average of 87.75—but why did he have such a low average??).
ANN ARBOR, MI (Michigan Radio) - Whenever I drive up US-23, I can't resist gazing at two structures on my right: The Whitmore Lake high school stadium press box, where my writing career started, and the big red ski jump on Whitmore Lake, where it almost ended.
You see, I once volunteered to visit the Whitmore Lake Ski Club, the oldest in the state, and try water ski jumping. The problem is, this is not something you gradually work up to. It's your basic all-or-nothing proposition.
Take our coach, Hal Baker. On several occasions he had cleared a hundred feet, the sport's main milestone, but he once hit the side of the jump so hard, he embedded white paint in his skin. A few times, he leaned back too far, causing him to fall backward into the water - at 50 miles-per-hour.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. --
A 54-year-old Wisconsin man and his 18-year-old daughter have quite a story to tell after they walked away from a plane crash in a remote part of Rocky Mountain National Park and spent more than 18 hours, enduring a cold, stormy night waiting to be rescued.
Jim Michaels and Tonie Michaels crashed their single-engine American Champion aircraft at about noon Thursday in Forest Canyon, according to Rocky Mountain National Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson.
INT League offer divisions for all ages and abilities, fun for the entire family, awards and door prizes, camping, potluck dinners and good times with new and old friends. Please join us for stop 3 and 4 of the So Cal INT League Tour.
Stop #3 & 4
July 10 & 11
Saturday - Wakeboarding, Skating
Sunday - Slalom Skiing, Kneeboarding
Location Lake Elsinore Channel
Sponsored by California Skier in Lake Elsinore
The Former European jump record holder Sebastien Di Pasqua (Switzerland) has decided to bring his career to an end at 34 years-old. This decision was taken after a right knee injury.
''It is a hard step for many athletes, but from my point of view, I see it more as the end of a great adventure. I will always be thankful towards this sport that has brought so much to me.
The Doctors made me realize that if I do not impose myself some rest, I would jeopardise my chances of being healthy for the rest of my life; otherwise, by giving my knee some rest from all the hits taken by going over the ramp, that would help me recover 100%. From that moment on, my decision was then taken. Without any doubt, being healthy is a top priority for me, and I couldn’t imagine my future without practicing some other recreational sports like snow skiing, mountain bike, paragliding and others...
Today I am relieved to be able to move on at the right time, and can’t wait to idealize new challenges for new horizons that are just the beginning of a new life for me.''
Sebastien will pursue his University Degree in Athletic Training this October.
Carreer Highlights :
- 2x Times European Record Holder
- Best World Rank : 4th
- Best European Rank : 1st
- World Cup / Pro Events Medalists
- European Championship Medalists
- 3 Times World Championship Finalist
- 15 Times National Record Holder
- Personnal best of : 227 feet
Shane Hill won the inaugural round of the Ez Fin Tool Challenge (EZFTC). Shane crushed the competition by improving on his 2009 USA WaterSki average by almost 1 ½ passes (8.83 balls). Second and third place were taken by the father and son team of Zap and Braden Doane who improved by 2.17 balls and 3.5 balls respectively. Gail Heinrich, Robert Scholl, John Roeder, Tomas Scholl and Joe Darwin took places fourth though eighth with scores better than their 2009 average. The rest of the field is home practicing for the next round of the EZFTC.
NEAR YUTAN (KPTM) -- The sun, the lake, a boat and a rope. For many people, water skiing is a way of life, a rite of passage. For others, those people born or living with physical disabilities, it's always been out of the question. That is until now.
The rush of adrenaline, the wind in your hair. For adults and children with physical disabilities, this is the chance of a lifetime. "Really, really fun. I can't even explain how fun it is," said 10-year-old Hailey Bauer, who was born with cerebral palsy.
The singer is a devoted fan of soccer and has been following his country’s progress in the tournament currently being held in South Africa. Spain have qualified from the group stages and will now face Portugal in their second round match tomorrow.
Enrique is hoping the team progress to the quarter finals and would love to see them win the whole competition. He feels so passionate about soccer, he is willing to strip off and take to the water in Florida if they succeed.
"If Spain win, I'm going to get drunk and ski naked in Biscayne Bay," he told the BBC. "That is what we used to do when we were kids.
The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee announced the selections for two water ski teams – Junior and Under 21 – that will represent the United States in international competition this year. The selections were made following the 2010 U.S. Water Ski Team Trials, June 26-27, at Pleasant Shores in Van Wert, Ohio.
Athletes selected to the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), Haywood McDonald (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.) and Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.). The team will compete in the 13th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 5-8, in Brescia, Italy, and the 2010 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Nov. 22-28, in San Bernardo, Chile.
Selected as alternates were: Steven Brooks (Canyon Lake, Calif.), Brittany Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), Mason Mechler (Loveland, Ohio), Kara MacIntyre (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Nikki Waitt (Clermont, Fla.).
Athletes selected to the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team were: Storm Selsor (Fremont, Calif.), Keri McClure (Van Wert, Ohio), Steven Brooks (Canyon Lake, Calif.) and Brittany Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.). The team will compete in the 2010 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Nov. 22-28, in San Bernardo, Chile.
Selected as alternates were: Kevin Malak (Justin, Texas), Mason Mechler (Loveland, Ohio), Kara MacIntyre (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Nikki Waitt (Clermont, Fla.).
To view the scores from the U.S. Water Ski Team Trials, click here.
On June 12, Parrish recorded scores of 4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off and 1-1/2 buoys at 43 feet off (twice) before posting the 2 at 43 off mark on June13. "I wanted this record bad," said Parrish, who set the new record behind the Ski Nautique 200. "I spent the entire week at the Ski Ranch getting dialed in. I had been skiing out of my mind so it felt great to be able to put everything together on Sunday."