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District skiers share in national glory

District skiers Ellie Ralph, Lloyd Woolman and Emma Barnes tasted success at the 2012-13 Australian Speed and Marathon Ski Racing Championships on the weekend.

ZACH HUBBER January 16, 2013 4:11am

District skiers Emma Barnes, Ellie Ralph, Lloyd Woolman and (front) Billy Barnes.


Four district skiers were the toast of Lake Charm on the weekend after they excelled in their respective events at the 2012-13 Australian Speed and Marathon Ski Racing Championships.

Ellie Ralph, Lloyd Woolman and Emma Barnes all tasted success at the national event, while Billy Barnes finished second in the under 10 boys’ class, skiing behind Thunderstruck.

Billy, 9, finished 64 seconds behind the winner, with a time of 15 minutes and 53 seconds.

He said he was just happy to finish in the top three and enjoyed having his dad, Neville, driving the boat.

Billy’s older sister, Emma, completed her final year racing in the under 13s when she won her class in 20:09 behind Thundernuts.

The win was the latest of many successes for the 13-year-old, who will move up to the under 16s division.

Ralph came third in the under 19 girls’ class skiing behind Killswitch in a time of 21:26.

But it was her first place finish behind Liquid Ice in the social women’s event on Sunday, which saw her clinch top prize in a time of 18:37.

Ralph said it was her greatest skiing achievement to date.

‘‘I didn’t expect to perform as well as I did,’’ she said.

Echuca’s Lloyd Woolman rounded out the performances with victory in the under 19 boys’ category, also behind Thundernuts, with a time of 17:45.

It was the 17-year-old’s first time racing under 19s since being elevated from under 16s, the category he won at last year’s championship.

Woolman also finished second in the 19A Formula 2 event, skiing behind the Gavin Woolman-driven Thunder Storm.

The Moama boat Cinders, with driver Peter Ralph, observer Luke Simpson and skier Tyron Naismith, finished second in the 6 Litre Inboard event.

The competitors will now turn their attention to next month’s Southern 80.

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