Competition on Lake Talbot is set to be hot this weekend as the nation’s top water skiers battle it out in round seven of the Malibu Series Water Ski Tournament.
Competitors are expected to attend the round on February 2 and 3 at Narrandera from Albury, Wagga, Berrigan, Deniliquin, Warren, Lockhart, Temora, Queanbeyan and Canberra.
The tricks class caters for categories from zero to 500 points in the juniors up to skiers on 3000 plus points, the slalom event from the mini course to 13 metres plus, and the jump event from zero to 10 metres up to the seniors on 45 metres plus.
A total of 50 competitors will be chasing the ratings they need to represent NSW at the Australian Water Ski Championships in April at Moree, NSW.
Two annual trophies will be awarded over the Narrandera tournament, the Geoff Princehorn Most Improved Zone 5 Junior and the Most Outstanding Performance award. Last year these awards were won by Laura and Erica Hayes, of Deniliquin, respectively.
Narrandera Aquatic Ski Club president Darren Knagge said the next round of the series was planned for the Molongolo River in the ACT, followed by the Moomba Masters on the Yarra River in Melbourne.
“Everyone is welcome to come down over the weekend in Narrandera and sit back under the shade of the gum trees and watch some excellent water skiing,’’ Mr Knagge said. “All competitors will fight it out to make the state titles in Moree, then hopefully the nationals.
“Narrandera will have some local talent competing on the weekend with Cherie Buck (Hayllar) and Graham Ashcroft.’’
Cherie competed in the slalom, trick and jump in November at the 2018 World Championships at the Mirandas Ski Club in Chile. She was placed tenth in the slalom with an overall score of 641.98, seventh overall in the trick and sixth in the jump with a distance of 25.4 metres.
This year, the club will have a presentation at 3pm before the ski jump event with Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke attending.
Narrandera Community Radio Station will be broadcasting live from the lake on the Saturday morning. A social get-together has been organised for Saturday at the Narrandera Bowling Club starting around 7pm after the ski jumping is completed.
“This will be a good time for old and new members to catch up and talk about water skiing and the improvements to Lake Talbot over the years,’’ Mr Knagge said. “Narrandera Aquatic Ski Club will be catering over the two days with hot and cold food and plenty of cold soft drinks.
“Barb and Graham’s Ice Cream van and Peaches Coffee Van will also be on site. The club will be holding a raffle with prizes donated by Malibu Albury and drawn at the dinner on Saturday night.
“Orders will be taken for club T shirts for those people interested in promoting water skiing at Lake Talbot.’’
The lake will be closed to all other boat users over Friday to Sunday and entry to the public during the tournament is free.
Bookings for the Saturday social func-tion can be made to Darren Knagge on 0477 591 585.