THE BIG EVENT: Russell Dick, Kody Barrett, Jamie Conway, Colin Patterson, Adam Forgacs and Hayley Conway are thrilled that the 2016 Australian Ski Racing Titles are being held at Sandy Hook. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
THE BIG EVENT: Russell Dick, Kody Barrett, Jamie Conway, Colin Patterson, Adam Forgacs and Hayley Conway are thrilled that the 2016 Australian Ski Racing Titles are being held at Sandy Hook. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Skiers ready to roar

SANDY Hook ski club has been a hive of activity over the weekend as it prepares to host the Australian Ski Racing Titles this week.

Starting on Wednesday and finishing on Friday the event is the first to be held in Bundaberg and the first held in the state in almost a decade.

For those not familiar with ski racing it is a sport all about speed and the driver being in sync with its skier.

Competing on courses ski-boat drivers will attempt to go as fast as they can with skier upright.

Event organiser Colin Patterson said the titles had taken a lot of planning from the club.

"This event was something we started to look at six years ago," he said.

"It's been a long process and we had to understand what we had and what we needed to have."

Patterson said a full Burnett River allowed organisers to create good courses.

"With the river being at 98 percent we have been able to do what we want," he added.

President of the club Russell Dick said the club can't wait to host the event.

"We're excited with the amount of entries we have got," he said.

"This section of river will also be closed during the event with the boat ramps closed as well."

Bundaberg will also be represented on the water with plenty of locals competing including skiers Adam Forgacs, Kody Barrett and couple Hayley and Jamie Conway.

For the Conway's they are hopeful of finishing the race.

"I'm a little bit out of form after having a child ten months ago so I just want to finish the event," Hayley said.

"There will be multiple Australian and World Champions, so we'll just see how we go on the day," Jamie said.

For Forgacs he wants a win over the event after winning a recent event in Sydney.

Finally Barrett is hopeful of just competing after taking a heavy fall during training over the weekend.

"I feel like a truck has ran over me and I have a few bumps and bruises."

"I'll be pushing as hard as I can though and I should be fine to compete."

SKI FACTS

AUSSIE TITLESWHEN: January 6 to 9 at 8.30am each morningWHERE: Sandy Hook Ski ClubCOST: Free for adults and childrenWHO: Some of Australia's and the world's best ski racers.



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