McGrath skiing on
By ED SOUTHORN
AFTER breaking his own water-skiing world record on the Murray River last weekend, Brenton McGrath is now looking forward to his next world record attempt - on the Tweed River next year.
Brenton believes he has put the worst behind him after he pleaded guilty 12 months ago to misappropriating $1650 from his Challenge Charity Trust Fund, set up to administer donations from his previous recordsetting water ski efforts.
"It would have been easy for me not to do any more skiing," Brenton said.
"I wouldn't have to go through all the pain. But I believe if you've got a skill, you have a responsibility to use it."
Brenton, 43, in remission from leukaemia, is recovering at his Coolangatta unit with his partner Naoko Fukui after skiing more than 2200km down the Murray River in three days.
Brenton spent a total of 21 hours and 22 minutes on his skis, breaking his own Murray River record of 26 hours and 11 minutes over three and a half days.
The soles of his feet are numb from all the skiing. His feet also are swollen and bruised - but he's already looking forward to skiing the Tweed River next year. Brenton wants to be the world's fastest on water skis over 1000km. The current record is 13.5 hours. He aims to complete the distance in less than 10 hours.
During the Murray River ski event, Brenton sold t-shirts and collected donations for the Downs Syndrome Association. The money will be pres- ented at a charity dinner.