Local water skiers make Clare proud at Perth Nationals

SA medal winners: Mark Bayliss, Vanessa Standing, Angela Standing, Jake Weckert, Jess Schmidt and Josh Wallent.

SA medal winners: Mark Bayliss, Vanessa Standing, Angela Standing, Jake Weckert, Jess Schmidt and Josh Wallent.

A group of local water skiers have just finished competing at the 2017 Water Ski Australia National Championships in Perth.

Jake Weckert participated in the U21 men's competition, and managed to finish third in the jump event and eleventh in the slalom. 

Having been a championship skier for four years, Mr Weckert was all too familiar with the rigours of competition. 

“I jumped pretty well for the amount of training I'd done previously, so I can't really complain,” Mr Weckert said. 

“It was awesome fun, I managed to jump 38 metres so I was pretty happy with that.”

According to Mr Weckert, the ski season in South Australia has begun to wind down for winter.

"That was the last event for South Australian skiers, and we'll start again when it warms up around January,” he said. 

Jess Schmidt was another member of South Australia's team, with the young skier competing in the U21 women's trick and slalom. 

“I skied two personal best scores, so I believe I skied to the best of my abilities,” Ms Schmidt said.

“All my hard work and dedication has paid off – this was my fourth year competing and this particular nationals would have to be the best one yet.”

Ms Schmidt managed to come third in the trick event and fourth in the slalom – an achievement she says she was happy with.

“I hadn't received my rating for the trick event until earlier this year, so I was ecstatic to come home with a bronze medal,” she said. 

"There was a great competition out there this year and I'm very happy to be up with the best.”

Despite just having competed, rest and relaxation is the last thing on the skier's mind. 

“I think the next thing for me is to keep training hard and come back bigger and better for next years national championships,” Ms Schmidt said.

Other local skiers at the event included Josh Wallent and Josh Weckert.

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