All-round golden girl
IT'S very rare to find someone who is strong in all three disciplines of water-skiing but when 13-year-old Jacinta Clegg won a medal in each of the jump, slalom and tricks sections at the recent national championships, she basically made herself a shoo-in to win the gold medal for best overall performer.
The Toormina High student collected a bronze in trick, a silver in slalom and a prized gold medal in jump to wrap up the overall award as well as also being presented with the Colin Sheers Award which recognises integrity, enthusiasm and commitment for the sport.
"I thought I might have got the overall award when I won the jump because that's usually my weakest part," Clegg said clutching her impressive trophy tightly.
"I'd say slalom is my strongest part but with the jump, I think I've just improved my style and that's helped a lot."
The event was held in the icy waters of Canberra which is a far cry from the waters of Coomera and Woodford up north where Clegg has been in almost constant practice.
The hard work is paying off as evidenced by the fact that she now belies her tender years by skiing on a 14m line at speeds up to 52km/h.
"My coach is up in Queensland and we like it up there," the national champ explained of her distant training venues.
"Joel Wing is a top coach and a former Australian rep and champion and he's helped in my improvement."
Clegg is now working hard over the next few years so that she can be selected in the national junior teams when she finally reaches the qualifying age.