AUSTRALIA has blitzed the 2017 World Water Ski Racing Championships at Seattle this month.
At the end of the fourth day of racing, Australia had six world champions in as many events — two of whom came from our district.
Chelsea Blight had taken out the open women’s class skiing behind Merc Force with Moama’s Christian Apps as observer.
Blight’s parents Steve and Debbie own O’Neill’s Motor Body Works in Echuca and were over in the United States watching her.
Apps also drove in the men’s F2 category for skier Jack Stevens (Nipple 2) who finished sixth.
Australia’s only female driver, Echuca’s Jessica Pearse, finished in second in the women’s F2 for 99 Psycho Clowns with skier Karen White and observer Daniel McMahon.
She became the first female driver in world championship history to drive in the event, ran from July 28 until August 5, and narrowly missed out on the title by less than three points (total 2988.9).
Skier Ben Gulley also saw success in the men’s open becoming the world champion behind Merc Force.
Gulley was originally set to ski behind Strike Force, the same boat he raced behind in the 2017 Southern 80 Ski Race, but had to substitute for Merc Force due to mechanical issues.
Echuca’s McMahon (now living in Bendigo) also drove in the open men’s for 99 Psycho Clowns, his skier Codie Rigg finished sixth at the completion of race four.
All the results from the world championships can be found at www.wwsrc2017.com
The Riverine Herald hoped to catch up with Pearse on her return to Australia later this month.