Southern Downs waterskiers were among the competitors on Storm King Dam at the weekend.
Southern Downs waterskiers were among the competitors on Storm King Dam at the weekend. contributed

Stanthorpe plays host to state water ski weekend

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 from the Granite Belt, Warwick and South East Queensland.

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

While Ben and Josh had 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',” Scott said.

The Stanthorpe competitors did well, with Joshua placing second in Division 6.

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

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

With many newcomers, Scott said it was great to watch the competitors in higher divisions.

"There's guys there that are national champions that were competing on the weekend in Division 1 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 hoped more people would get involved.

"I think everybody of the Stanthorpe crew there will probably compete again next year,” he said.

"We would love to get our own course to be able to set up in the dam and practise, which is something we probably really need to work towards as a Stanthorpe community.”



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