Young water skier is going places
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
ONE of the highest honours that can be given out in the world of Water Skiing has been given to a local 11 year old.
Jacinta Clegg is a skier going places after she was awarded the Stoney Park Award for effort and achievement.
The award is one of the highest that can be given in NSW for tournament skiing and Clegg was certainly up against some stiff opposition before the winners were announced.
According to the President of NSW Tournament Water Skiing, Jason Stone, Clegg was fighting it out with three adult skiers and another junior for the tremendous honour.
"The award is open for anyone from the junior ranks right through to the open division," Stone said.
"Jacinta has excelled and done really well this year.
"She's been a standout competitor and you need to be to be considered for the award."
Despite her tender years, Clegg has been skiing in the Under 14s section against girls a lot bigger than her.
The maximum speed that an Under 14 can ski at is 52kph and Clegg has managed to get up to that speed with apparent effortless ease.
The young skier earnt the Award with her efforts throughout the year, but it was her results at the recent Nationals that got her over the line.
Skiing at Stoney Park near Telegraph Point, Clegg finished sixth overall including a commendable fourth in the jumps event.
When the announcement of the win was made, Clegg was left a bit shocked and surprised about the accolade that she had just won.
Most of Clegg's training is done at Stoney Park and for that reason the trophy has very quickly become her 'Pride and joy'.
The future for tournament skiing on the North Coast is looking bright.
Aside from Clegg, other young ski prodigies in the making are the brother and sister team of Danny and Jacqui McDonald.
Like Clegg, Jacqui is only 11 years old and is also competing well above her age in the Under 14s division.
Thirteen year-old Danny entered tournaments too late this season to qualify for Nationals but has taken to trick skiing like a duck to water.