Barefoot jump skiers end show with fireworks
Dimboola Ski Club held a massive show over the weekend, that saw many hundreds of spectators travelling from all over the region to see the worlds best barefoot skiers in action.
The two day event started with a competition event on Friday. Competitors came from all over Australia and featured some of the worlds best barefoot skiers to be a part of the Peter Taylor Memorial Ski Event.
Local Dimboola Ski Club member 11 year old Jessy Crisp competed in the Sub Junior Boys category while veteran local Andrew Schultz also competed.
On Friday night the Dimboola Football Netball Club hosted a dinner for visitors and ski club members that paid recognition to all the people who were involved in making the weekend a success. Last year the Peter Taylor Memorial event raised funds for Wimmera Against Kids Cancer. Dimboola Ski Club president Darren Bone told the guests that last year's event raised $2,327.50 towards WACK (Wimmera Against Cancer in Kids).
WACK trustee Brendan McKinnon addressed the dinner and spoke about the charity and how it helps families who have children with cancer and may not have the resources to support the child.
This years event raised money for the Wimmera Cancer Centre.
Saturday night was the feature event, with the night barefoot jumps and the son of Peter Taylor, Michael again put on a wetsuit to compete against the country’s best.
After Michael came out of retirement last year, he suffered a shoulder injury and claimed he was again hanging up his wetsuit and never jumping again. The Taylor family travelled from Ballarat to take part in the weekend events including Michael’s grandmother.
‘Tee Jay’ Russo who currently holds the junior world record was set to break his world record jump, that he held from earlier in the year at the 2018 IWWF World Barefoot Water Ski Championships in Canada.
Russo needed to beat 26.0 metres to break his own record. This junior boy jumps as far as the adults. Unfortunately this weekend he jumped a little short of his record.
Event organiser Nigel Crisp said, “this event is for Dimboola and we hope it has bought a lot of benefit for the town and increased the tourism for the area.”
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy MP attended on Saturday night and welcomed everyone to the event.
Prior to the night jump event, world champion trick skier Brendan Paige put on a show of his talent to the large crowd, securing their spot along the river. Hindmarsh Shire Council CEO Greg Wood was privileged to ride in the boat to experience Paige’s ‘monkey like’ antics on the water. People were mesmerised by his ability to jump right over the ski boat from left to right clearing the outboard motor.
A charity auction was held to raise money for the Wimmera Cancer Centre. Livestock auctioneer William Schilling, from Driscoll, McIllree & Dickinson was the auctioneer and put on plenty of entertainment for the bidders. Emma Kealy MP had donated passes to an exclusive High Tea in Parliament House. The passes raised $320.00 for a lovely cup of tea and a sandwich.
The ski club ran the booth with a 1am licence for revellers to continue into the night.
The highlight for the night was the fireworks display. The successful show had everyone amazed with the quality of the display put on by Wimmera Mallee Pyrotechnics from Warracknabeal.
The last official function for president Darren Bone was to present the Peter Taylor Memorial Trophy. Last years winner Ben Franks from Adelaide again took out the longest jump, with a jump of 25.2 metres. The junior world champion Tee-Jay Russo from Newcastle came in second spot with a jump of 24.6 metres and Michael Taylor from Ballarat was third with a jump of 21.7 metres.