Wakeboarders from across the country took to the water at Max Kirwan Park in Mulwala to compete for honours in the 2013 Australian National Wakeboard Championships.By Racheal Willett
Welcoming mild weather though battling with occasional windy conditions , competitors from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT participated in the event.
Four days of competition at the twin lakes resulted in overall team honours going to NSW in first place, followed closely by Victoria in second.
Individually the level of competition was very high according to Australian Waterski andWakeboard Federation Executive Manager Gary Humphrey.
“The reports I’m hearing suggest this event was one of the best nationals that Wakeboard Australia has ever had,” Mr Humphrey said.
“The event attracted a very strong field and the really pleasing thing was the strength of the juniors, the really young kids. In particular I’d mention Sam Brown who competed up a division and finished third and Zahra Kell who also skied up a division and finished first.
“These young competitors are potential stars of the future at a state, national and world level and it was great to see them perform so well.”
Local hopes, wakeboarding sisters Jordan and Chloe Mills also performed well at the championships.
Jordan finished third in the Junior Women’s section and sister Chloe came second in the Open Women’s category.
“Both the girls competed really well and were happy with their results,” said mum Kylie Mills.
“After the event Chloe was selected for a wildcard entry into the World Cup Event in Western Australia in a couple of weeks which is great.”
Under 9 boys - 1. Jayden Foye(NSW), 2. Hayden Fuller(QLD), 3. Daniel Nikiforoff(NSW).
Under 9 girls -1. MacKenzie McCarthy (QLD), 2. Tiana Iacconi (NSW).
10-14 boys - 1. Lewis Watt (NSW), 2. Justin McMahon (ACT), 3. Sam Brown (NSW).
10-14 girls - 1. Zahra Kell (NSW), 2. Teaghan Bartley (NSW), 3. Nina Brown (NSW).
Jnr Womens -1. Ashleigh Blake (NSW), 2. Holly Watt (NSW), Jordan Mills (Vic).
Veteran Mens – 1.Tony France (QLD), 2. Kevin Watt (ACT), 3. Scott Bartley (NSW).
19-29 Mens -1. Jordan Uren (Vic), 2. Aaron Bell (Vic), 3. Callan Warden (NSW).
19-39 Womens – 1. Marcey Wellstead (WA), 2. Daniella Lambert (SA), 3. Symonne Kennedy (WA).
Junior Mens - 1. Cory Teunissen (QLD), 2. Sam Rennie (Vic), Massimilliao Piffaratti (INT).
Open Mens -1. Tony Iacconi (NSW), 2.Bradley Teunissen (QLD), 3. Parker Siegele (SA).
Open Womens -1. Bec Gange (SA), Chloe Mills (Vic), 3. Caitlin Blaauw (NSW).
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The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
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Outreach worker Les Twentyman, a local policeman and ERH worker, were among guest speakers at the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service community forum about substance abuse last week.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
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The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
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