Speedsters tuning up for action
TWEED Water Ski Club members will traverse through the water at top speeds when they host the Nev Wilson Memorial Races on the Tweed River in coming weeks.
About 25 years ago, the water ski club was founded by Tony Vass at Tumbulgum and then in 1995 it remerged but also relocated to Murwillumbah behind Liquorland on Tweed Valley Way.
The club has a broad spectrum of water-based activities, ranging from social skiing, wake boarding, family fun days and barefoot skiing. Each year the club is involved in a water ski race series which consists of five races at Grafton, Tweed Heads, Ballina, Coraki and Woodburn.
The Nev Wilson Memorial Races are a two-day event which will feature local skiers reaching top speeds on August 14 at Tumbulgum and on August 15 they will skim the water like bullets at Fingal.
President Brian Shepherd said the races for young people were on the Saturday and women and masters categories on the Sunday.
“There will be about 25 to 30 boats taking part on the Saturday and the little kids, or as we call them, ‘Next Generation’, aged from five years old will race,” he said. “I expect that about six or eight from the Next Generation and probably five to 10 from the sub-juniors, those aged between 14 to 17-years to compete.”
Last month some club members competed in Queensland at Burn up the Burnett and had some great results across the board, including 50km and 75km races. In the senior novice category, Shona Cooper came seventh with Ghostrider F2 and in the junior novice, Erin Davis with Rewind claimed gold while Graydon Munro with Two Radical was rewarded with silver.
At the meet, Blake Beevers secured bronze with Cobalt in the sub-junior division and in the 60mph results, Brad Allen took home fourth with Millennium but unfortunately Shepherd was disqualified due to mechanical problems.