SOMETIMES sport plays a bigger role.
It’s not always about what happens on the field, court, or in this case on the water.
In this case, it’s so much bigger.
The Ski4CF team is not taking on a challenge just to say they did.
They are doing it for a greater cause — raising money for research into cystic fibrosis.
‘‘It’s a massive event no doubt,’’ Rosemary Britton said.
That massive effort is water skiing 2438 kilometres along the Murray River.
‘‘It is a huge task,’’ Britton said.
‘‘But everyone was prepared mentally and trained incredibly hard for the event. The skiers are holding up incredibly well.’’
The skiers made their way through Echuca on Wednesday morning, finishing the day in Torrumbarry, roughly a third of the way through their journey.
Britton said their preparation and communication is key to keeping them going.
‘‘You can gauge where you are going and how long it will take most of the time, but when things change we can communicate properly and make sure everyone knows what is happening,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s not often the case and we are still in line with where we planned to be, so that is making it a lot easier.’’
The journey, which is scheduled to be completed on March 9, is not only about raising money for cystic fibrosis, but also bringing attention to the disease.
‘‘We have a message that we want to get out — that it’s a life limiting condition,’’ Britton said.
‘‘We don’t think a lot of people out there fully understand the condition unless they have known someone who is suffering from it.
‘‘So our main goal is to raise money for research into the condition, but we also want to raise awareness about it as well.’’
The journey has been eased for the skiers by some of the people they have met throughout.
Kyabram’s Scott Collins spoke highly of one observer they met during the early stages of the trip.
‘‘We had one guy who’s got two children with cystic fibrosis who made a 200km drive to give us a donation.’’
Britton urged those who want to donate to go to the Ski4CF website or Facebook page.
‘‘If you donate to our cause, all the money goes to research, it doesn’t get tied up in fees like the charities, we just want to make a difference to research into this condition.’’
To donate, visit ski4cf.com.au