DJ gets his revenge on the Burnett
LOCAL water ski talent DJ Pearson last week erased the demons of the past few years on the Burnett River, pipping Maryborough rival Nick Purcell in the slalom.
Coming from division two, Pearson was still able to topple his fancied opponent – and the victory did not sit well with his nemesis.
“Nick was pretty off it but that sort of rivalry is what the sport needs,” Burnett River Tournament Club president Col Pearson said.
Col tasted defeat in the tournament, too, but his rival was a little closer to home.
Joel Pearson, Col’s 11-year-old son, was too good in the division four trick competition.
“I’m getting used to it now and I wish I could tell you that I taught him all he knew,” Col joked.
Joel and older sister Elise will attend a high-flying Elite Australian Junior Training Squad session at Port Macquarie next Tuesday, run by the world’s leading coaches.
“They are pretty pumped to be a part of it but I think Elise is a bit annoyed that she has a brother there cramping her style,” Col said.
“Technique needs to be spot on once you get to a good level so this training should do them wonders.”
All the time on the water they will benefit their Australian title campaigns at Easter.
Last year Bundaberg returned from the championships with the best per capita medal haul and this year should be no different.
Ruby DiSalvo, Eve Kirby and Sarah Kelly are other locals who performed well at the recent meet on the Burnett.
It attracted 80 competitors from as far afield as Moree in New South Wales.
The good news keeps flowing for the club, with funding allowing a jump to be constructed at the end of the month.
The president urged those who do the sport casually to consider skiing for the club.
Anyone interested in skiing with the club should call Pearson on 0432 144 438.