Skiers ready to tackle Kalgan River

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Albany Water Ski Club commodore Dave McCracken with competitors Damon and Byron Nottle ahead of this weekend’s Lower Great Southern Water Ski tournament.
Camera IconAlbany Water Ski Club commodore Dave McCracken with competitors Damon and Byron Nottle ahead of this weekend’s Lower Great Southern Water Ski tournament. Credit: Laurie Benson

A big field of competitors will take to the Kalgan River this weekend for the annual Lower Great Southern Water Ski tournament, consisting of trick and slalom disciplines.

Albany Water Ski Club will host the popular event, entering its 51st year, with 42 skiers nominated to take part across the two days of competition — just down on last year’s total of 47.

The tournament is part of the State series and will attract skiers from Kojonup, Perth, York, Beverley and Mandurah to go with half a dozen Albany members.

There will be no jump competition this year but skiers will take part in two rounds of slalom and trick over the weekend.

New AWSC commodore Dave McCracken said there would be a lot of new competitors hitting the water which was a pleasing sign for the long-running tournament.

“Our location and water conditions make it really attractive,” he said. “Most days you can ski out there regardless of what direction the wind is coming. We have a fairly good range of skiers nominated, a lot of new ones and plenty of young ones as well.

“There is a lot of families skiing now, which is also great.

“We encourage people to come out and have a look.

“It’s a great spectator sport and there are a number of good viewing spots along the river.”

Skiing will begin at 7am in a packed schedule on Saturday before competitors return to complete the rest of the tournament on Sunday.

A canteen on the river bank will be available to buy food from.

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