SKI STAR: Granite Belt waterskier Joshua Rogers was among the competitors on Storm King Dam at the weekend.
SKI STAR: Granite Belt waterskier Joshua Rogers was among the competitors on Storm King Dam at the weekend. contributed

Granite Belt skiers take to the water for comp

WATER SKIING: Stanthorpe played host as water skiers travelled to take part in the fourth annual Water Ski Queensland competition at the weekend.

Held at Storm King Dam, the competition ran over Saturday and Sunday, with about 40 competitors travelling from around the Granite Belt and south-east Queensland to take part.

Ben, Josh and Scott Rogers from Applethorpe and Luke, Nathan and Tony Webb from Stanthorpe all competed.

While Ben and Josh had both competed before, this was the first time Scott Rogers and the Webb family took part.

"I've sat on the bank and watched for the last couple of years and decided 'well, I'll have a go this year',” Rogers said.

The Stanthorpe competitors all finished well, with Joshua placing second in division six.

Rogers said it was great to see new people getting involved and to watch the higher divisions.

"The Webb boys competed for their first time this year and they did extremely well for the length of time they have been skiing,” he said.

"There's guys there that are basically national champions that were competing on the weekend in division one and younger fellows that are just knocking on making world rankings.

"They're just extremely talented skiers.”

Rogers said he planned to compete again next year, and hopes more people will get involved.

Waterski Queensland Southern Region Regional Marketing and Media Officer Sarah Loughlin thanked all involved with the weekend, including sponsors and the Southern Downs Regional Council for the use of the dam.

The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe provided a sausage sizzle to raise money for local youth projects and charities such as Polo Eradication.

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