Our skiers win Mildura 100

April 19, 2017

The Chief ski racing team at the Mildura 100. (L-R) Nath Evans, Tate Laub, Justin Bartolo and Jake Rawe

ECHUCA skier Jake Rawe, 13, and Tate Laub have backed up their win at Robinvale to take out the 2017 Mildura 100 ski race on Sunday.

The pair won the sub-junior boys expert category at Robinvale in March in Rawe’s first river race since breaking his collarbone in two places in December 2016.

They picked up another win in only their second race skiing behind The Chief and blitzed the Mildura 100 under-13 class more than five minutes ahead of second place, 45:45.91 minutes.

Justin Bartolo was the driver and Nathan Evans observes in the team which has only been skiing together since January this year.

Laub’s father Darren owns the boat and runs a professional ski team where nothing is left to chance.

Bartolo has many years experience in ski racing and offers plenty of guidance to both the young skiers in giving them the opportunity to do their best.

The team’s next ski race is the Barrie Beehag on April 29, from Deep Creek Marina to Torrumbarry and back in the under-16 class.

This will be a massive challenge skiing outside of their class but will hold them in good stead for next season.

In the superclass Don Gulley’s Merc Force again showed they were the team to beat this season, taking out the main race more than a minute ahead of Sapphire, towing Echuca skiers Lloyd Woolman and Steve Berry, who raced second.

Dean Johns’ Sportspage took out the under eight litre inboard expert class with observer Sam Horne and skiers Dylan and Aiden Cuff.

The Tongala ski racing team Mercury Rising, which included driver Shaun Tomkins, observer Garry McConnell and skiers Christopher Maher and Michael Boylan, also saw success in the SMOC outboard expert and social to finish first in each.

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