Damon Wooderson (above) and Jacinta Clegg are preparing for international competition.
Damon Wooderson (above) and Jacinta Clegg are preparing for international competition. John McCutcheon

Coffs pair to ski onto world stage

THOSE water-ski kids from around the Coffs Coast are in hot form.

Under 17 junior Damon Wooderson will attend the World Championships in South America next year and showed plenty of style taking out two events at the Myuna May Open.

Damon earned top honours in the 1000-2000 tricks event before adding the 20-30m jumps crown to his bag of medals.

It followed up a visit to the Australian titles in Perth where he trick-skied two personal best scores and was rewarded with a silver medal in the under 17 division.

He also jumped a personal best of 36 metres, an outstanding effort considering he was carrying thirteen stitches in his knee from an accident two weeks before.

Not to be outdone, younger sister Casey was also placed at a Myuna May event, with second in the 28k-46k slalom.

Meanwhile, former Coffs Harbour local Jacinta Clegg is continuing a heavy performance and training schedule as she builds towards the under 17 world titles being held in Italy next August.

Prior to that she will train in America.

Jacinta will join three boys in the Australian team and the 16-year-old said she was pleased with her efforts from the nationals after picking up a silver medal with a strong finish.

“The performance was a little down to what I expected but it was still good to finish in the top three, so I was happy,” she admitted.

“It was a pretty special feeling to be selected in the national team for Italy.

“We’ve been working towards it for quite a long time, so it was really good.”

Coach Jodie Skipper said Jacinta would be a strong performer overseas as long as she stayed focussed.

“For any young athlete, regardless of the discipline, getting to a world title event is an amazing feat,” she said.

“She will do sensational.”

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