IASC WATERSKI COMPETITION IN SUNNY CLOUDLESS SKIES !

IASC COMPETITION BASKS IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE

Enjoying the sun - Donal and Gay, Michael and Stuart, and Steve and Muriel

Enjoying the sun - Donal and Gay, Michael and Stuart, and Steve and Muriel

What a weekend to stage a Waterski competition ! In temperatures reaching 24C, cloudless blue skies and with a slight head wind, the Irish Aqua Sports Centre (IASC) really was the place to be. Initially billed as a Personal Best event for Slalom and Jump, a last minute decision to include Tricks added to the Judges challenges but all went home with a great sun-tan – and some went home with the usual high standard trophies provided once again by the Prunty family. Visiting us from the US Masters at Callaway Gardens were Janet and Dick Kreeger – and we assured them that this weather is quite normal for us. They thought it was a bit on the chilly side !

Janet and Dick Kreeger with Donal Connolly

Janet and Dick Kreeger with Donal Connolly

Offical Driver Geoff Clarke keeps the Nautique on course

Offical Driver Geoff Clarke keeps the Nautique on course

We had 22 Slalom Skiers and many really great performances. Some had never seen this beautiful IASC site before. Francis Hughes from IASC and Daniel Hearne from Golden Falls WSC both experienced their very first competition and now have base line PB scores for future events. Carl Cautley (Golden Falls WSC) and Barry Galvin Jr (Cork PB&WSC) scored on the 14m line. Jody Waterworth (Meteor WSC) and Dom Jameson (Golden Falls WSC) reached the 13m line. However, it was national record holder Rodney Watson (Meteor WSC) who reached the 12m line and his score of 5 buoys was the best of the weekend. He looked like he would make it to the 11.25m line today – a close call. We had to wait to see who would win the Personal Best contest.

Meteor Visitors supporting Michael England

Meteor Visitors supporting Michael England

Spectators enjoying the Jump event

Spectators enjoying the Jump event

Jump came next. Various difficulties on Saturday meant that the contest would be transferred to Sunday. The wide span of skills, age and experience made this an interesting spectacle for all. Conditions were perfect on Sunday. Those who excelled in terms of distance were Donal McGuigan (Lough Muckno WSC), Dom Jameson (Golden Falls WSC)  and Barry Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) with the longest score of 43.1m. Again, we had to wait till the Prize Giving Ceremony to see who would win the Personal Best calculation.

John Prunty at the lakeside Prize Ceremony

John Prunty at the lakeside Prize Ceremony

The “extra” event of Tricks closed off the Sunday afternoon competition – following an excellent meal provided by our kind hosts, the Prunty family. This is where the youngsters excelled. In fact the best performance came with a pending Irish U15 Boys Record of 4810 points from Barry Galvin Jr. Watch out for this young many over the coming years ! Young Michael England (Meteor WSC)  picked up a new Personal best with a score of 860 points, watched closely on Fathers Days by his father Stuart !

PERSONAL BEST COMPETITION PRIZES PRESENTED BY EAMONN PRUNTY

SLALOM WINNERS ALL GALVINS - 1. Barry Jr, 2 Barry Sr, 3 Daniel

SLALOM WINNERS ALL GALVINS 1st. Barry Jr, 2nd Barry Sr, 3rd Daniel

TRICKS WINNERS - 1st Barry Galvin Jr, 2nd Barry Galvin Sr, 3rd Michael England

TRICKS WINNERS - 1st Barry Galvin Jr, 2nd Barry Galvin Sr, 3rd Michael England

JUMP WINNERS - 1st Dominic Jameson, 2nd Barry Galvin Sr, 3rd Michael England

JUMP WINNERS - 1st Dominic Jameson, 2nd Barry Galvin Sr, 3rd Michael England

In a very short time, IASC has created a miracle. It is a wonderful site. The Club has ambitions to enter the international stage and this weekend was part of the important “gaining experience” phase. Our strong hunch is that this is also a Waterski site for breaking National Slalom Records – and you will hear of these first here on :  www.IrishWWF.ie