Ski Racing Australia would like to congratulate all Australian Ski Racing World Team Competitors in the World Championship on their successful campaign to win the World Ski Racing Team Trophy.
The IWWF World Water Ski Racing Championships for 2017 are now officially closed and Team Australia showed total domination to take all 6 world titles and the overall team trophy.
There were some hard fought battles out on the water with F2 Women’s decided on the day between Ellen Jones and Karen White. 99PC towing Karen White had to hold a 40 second lead over Ellen to take the win, but Ellen, in a hard charge on the last lap, closed the gap to around 20 seconds to take the F2 Women’s crown. Ellen is now a two time World Champion. Karen White took out second place and quite achiever Ashlee Cuff taking home a well deserved third place.
Chelsea Blight’s F1 Womens win was a 20 year dream in the making and Chelsea gave an emotional speech during the closing ceremony. Chelsea competed in her first world title campaign in Junior Girls in 2001. Shantelle King took home third place after a slow first race but came back strong skiing behind Team Stinga. Junior Girls was another clean sweep with Milana Long skiing behind the family race boat to take the overall win with Pat Long (Dad) and Brett Armstrong observing. Nellie McMillan and Grace Jones have had a close battle all week with Nellie holding out Grace with a 5 point lead.
In Junior Boys the hard luck story goes to Cooper Robertson who had a fall in race one which will put him on the sideline for a few months. Luke Harrison took the Championship win over Brock McMillan and Max Duckworth from NZ in third place overall.
F1 Mens Champion was 2015 F2 World Champion Ben Gulley, taking another clean sweep of all 4 races and makes Ben a three time World Champion. The minor placings were tough with American Todd Haig holding out hard charging Daniel Graziano in third place. F2 Mens Team 50 with Cameron Osborne showed why he is the number 1 F2 skier in the world, showing a clean set of heels all week long. Marty Wells from USA held out both the hard charging Jacks with Jack Harrison in third and Jack Stevens taking fourth.
Well done to all the Australian Team members, family, friends, supporters and officials that made the 2017 World Titles a success.