Aussies dominate world waterski champs

Team Australia has stamped its authority in the world of waterski racing, taking out victory in five of a possible six championship classes at the Club Marine-sponsored 2011 World Waterski Racing Championships.

Held at the picturesque Moreton Bay, Qld from September 10 to 18, the event included four days of world championship racing spread over the course of the week with scheduled lay days for race practice, recuperation and entertainment. Being the first world championship waterski race to be held in Queensland, the event drew world-wide attention with live telecasts broadcasting action-packed racing to fans worldwide.

Combining racing action on the water with captivating demonstrations, activities and displays on the beautiful Moreton Bay foreshore, the event provided entertainment and fun for everyone.

Round one of racing was postponed when strong winds made the course too dangerous for competition. But there was no shortage of action when racing did finally get underway and spectators’ patience was rewarded with some of the most incredible racing seen in recent times, with several competitors clocking speeds just shy of 177km/h.

The Australian team showed the world how it’s done when it surged to an unbeatable lead after round two and gave the challenging world elite waterski racers from New Zealand, USA, Great Britain, Belgium, Spain, Austria and France a hard fight.

Winner of the Women’s Open was American Katelin Wendt; first place in the Women’s F2 class went to Australian Leanne Campbell. Junior Boys class defending champion, Jack Houston (Aus) was winner in that class, and first-time winner Kelsey Feros (Aus), claimed first place in the Junior Girls class. Winners in the Mens classes were Chris Stout (Aus) in the Open Mens, and Grant Turner (Aus) in the Formula 2 Mens class.

For round-by-round results and more information, go to www.skiracingworlds.com.au.

World Waterski Racing Championships
World Waterski Racing Championships

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