Four Wanaka Water-Ski Club members won gold and bronze medals at the New Zealand Water Ski Nationals at Lake Hood last week.
It was a strong outing by the club, which reformed last year and is seeking new members.
Despite Covid-19 uncertainty, water-skiers from all over New Zealand travelled to compete in excellent conditions, on the purpose-built water-ski lane at Lake Hood in Ashburton.
Meg Harraway (20), a former junior world championships representative, won two golds – in the open womens’ slalom and under-21 women’s slalom.
She scored 2.5 buoys on the 12m line at 55kmh to beat all qualifying female skiers for the top spot on the open women’s podium, and was nearly a full course ahead of the other under-21 skiers in the final to win her age group class too.
Her father, Gerald Harraway, won gold in the over-45 men’s slalom.
He was the only skier in the final to shorten on the 11.25m line and scored 0.5 buoys at 55kmh to take first place in a large and highly competitive division.
Katrina Wallis (12) won gold in the under-14 girls tricks section and fourth in slalom.
She posted personal-best scores of 1080 in both the preliminary and final rounds for tricks.
In slalom, she scored four buoys at 52kmh.
Genevieve Wallis (12) won bronze in the under-14 girls overall, tricks and jump and was sixth in slalom.
She achieved personal-best scores across all three disciplines – 680 in tricks, 10.7m in jump and five buoys at 49kmh in slalom.
The club, supported by a Lion Foundation grant, maintains two slalom courses in Paddock and Parkins Bays.