Posts Tagged ‘Coaching’

BEN LANDS THREE OUT OF THREE ON THE MAGIC RAMP

Friday, July 31st, 2015

JUMP RETURNS TO GOLDEN FALL AS THE MAGIC RAMPS HOTS UP !

Ben & Jake - Version 2

World and National Records have been demolished on our Magic Ramp over the years – but in recent times, Slalom almost took over. Now times are changing again ! First it was Abby Durham getting away from horses and Show Jumping and then landing her first Waterski Jumps this week. Now Ben Dickson at just 15 years of age and with only a few months experience on the water, is landing three out of three ! Just last night, somebody even saw past National Overall Champion Carl Cautley strapping on some long boards  – and he was still able to walk back to his car all by himself.

This is all great news. ‘Big thanks also to Jake Bridges who was the inspiration behind our younger Jumpers taking on the challenge. His years with our dear friend Ray Stokes have made him a first class instructor and as we all know, good coaching makes all the difference. Jake should know as he holds Ireland’s National Records in Jump and Slalom.

What a great week on the water – and there is more to come.

WOMEN’S FUN DAY TOMORROW SUNDAY AT GOLDEN FALLS

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

ANNUAL WOMEN’S FUN DAY ON THE WATER FROM 09.30 TOMORROW SUNDAY

FUN ALL DAY ON SUNDAY

FUN ALL DAY ON SUNDAY

This event was created last year by Golden Falls. This year, SIX Clubs are now involved and so it is really becoming a NATIONAL fun day for women on the water.

The whole idea is to increase the number of women involved in our sport. Fully supported by the Irish Sports Council, this project is really working. While female participation was at about 30% in the past years, last month our research showed it at 51% for July – and all time record. Well done to all for making this welcome trend happen.

Tomorrow we kick off at 09.30hrs and will keep going till the last one hangs on !  It should be great fun. Do come and join us and bring those cameras so that we can upload some great photos here on Monday morning.  All you need is your swim gear and a towel – we will supply all the other equipment needed. At a special price of just Euro 15, we hope to be inundated all day long !!!

JAKE STEVE AND DANYELLE HAVE GREAT WEEK AT GOLDEN FALLS

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

WELCOME HOME TO JAKE – AND ALSO TO STEVE AND DANYELLE

Jake welcomed home by Daryl

Jake welcomed home by Daryl

This was a happy week at Golden Falls. ‘Great to have Jake Bridges back with us once again and to see him fully recovered from his heel injury which knocked him out of competition for about a year. Jake got back to fitness for the Europe Africa U21 Championships and is now looking forward to getting back to jumping over 60m once again. Recovery takes time and he is making great progress. That Irish Jump Record will fall again soon – only a matter of time and the name will be JAKE BRIDGES.

Steve Critchley and Danyelle Bennett at the Club

Steve Critchley and Danyelle Bennett at the Club

It was also great to have Steve Critchley back with us once again. This time he brought Danyelle Bennett with him – straight from the World Championships in Dubna Russia – and both ran a very successful Coaching Course at Golden Falls over this past week.  It is always a pleasure to have some of the World’s top Skiers with us and you can be quite sure that our younger Golden Falls Skiers will remember this experience for years to come.

We still have this ongoing problem with very high water levels. It is causing dreadful damage to our Lake banks and also undermining the new foundations of our Stone Bridge fencing. We are in contact with the ESB and are still totally puzzled as to why they need such enormous volumes of water which is eroding the banks day by day. Lets hope we can get this resolved quickly.

THREE SPECIAL COURSES AT GOLDEN FALLS WSC

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

CLUB HOSTS TWO KIDZ CAMPS PLUS STEVE CRITCHLEY COURSE IN JULY & AUGUST

Steve Critchley returns to Golden Falls

Steve Critchley returns to Golden Falls

We all know that our Summers are just far too short. This means we have to make the most of every day on the water. The folks at Golden Falls in County Kildare are certainly not wasting any time on their 20C water right now ! With one Kidz Camp already completed plus the highly successful National Children’s Day last Sunday, three more special Courses have been organised for the coming weeks. That lake at Golden Falls will be a busy place !

For the week of August 8th, ranked in the top 20 in the World, Jumper Steve Critchley will return once again for some high level coaching. Ten more advanced lucky souls will spend each day on the water with Steve and all will be guaranteed a special learning experience. At this early stage, we hear that the Course is almost booked out already as Steve’s reputation is a major attraction. His 2010 Course at the Club was one of the best for some time and all are really looking forward to his return.

Top 20 in the World Rankings

Top 20 in the World Rankings

The Club also has TWO more Kidz Camps marked in for the weeks of July 25th and August 2nd. The first is a five day Course and the second a four day Course. Again, we hear that these are also almost booked out. The Club’s Coach Daryl Higgins, has had great success this Summer with the young stars in the making and we all hope that this will deliver some serious competitors a little down the road. However, having fun on the water is the real aim in the coming weeks and judging by the popularity of the June Kidz Camp, this looks like a certainty.

Well done to all the team at Golden Falls – photos and reports to follow soon.

If your Club has special activities planned for the coming weeks,  just send us the details and photos, and we will help to spread the good word !

BUSIEST APRIL FOR YEARS AT THE CLUB

Monday, April 18th, 2011

GREAT START – EVEN THE WATER IS WARMER THAN EXPECTED FOR APRIL !

Daryl and Orla at the Lake this morning

Daryl and Linda at the Lake this morning

Since April 2nd, we have completed 91 Skis as at 2.00pm today, April 18th. For this time of the year and after just 16 days, this is very impressive. Well done to all our Members who have made it down to the Lake so far. With the Easter Holidays now coming up, do make sure that you come down to the Club to get those arms and legs working again. Its never too early to start. The water today was boiling at over 15C. !

Third lesson of the season for Orla today

Third lesson of the season for Linda today

Daryl is now fully settled in to his annual routines and has also done a great deal of tidying-up after the long Winter break. As you can see, the Sheep are also playing a blinder and have eaten more grass in the past two weeks in the MasterCraft Arena than we thought possible. Soon, we will be able to run the Mower over the area to bring it back to normal again.

Sheep really prefer grass to chocolate

Sheep really prefer grass to chocolate

GEOFF & DARYL SHINE AT HAZELWOOD’S SKI WORLD

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

SOME OF OUR JUMPERS JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER !

Geoff needs a Pilot's License

Geoff needs a Pilot's License

The annual pilgrimage to Cray valley / Hazelwood’s Ski World still attracts some of the best Skiers in the World. This year was certainly no exception. Included in the line-up were our own Geoff Clarke and Daryl Higgins. Geoff entered the 55+ category and Daryl the 35+ Category. Both have shown steady improvements over the Summer and both have also come back from various injuries. Thankfully, their recovery looks good.

This Three Round Jump event – with SplashEye of course, was outstanding for several reasons. Firstly, both Geoff and Daryl actually won their Categories. Geoff scored one of the longest distances for the 55+ in the World this year with 38.5m.  Daryl broke the 40m barrier to land 40.4m. Congratulations to both Geoff and Daryl on a great performance. Geoff will now head for Italy for next week’s World 35+ Championships and we will have direct reports here for you during the week.

Daryl breaks that 40m Barrier

Daryl breaks that 40m Barrier

As if that was not enough excitement for one weekend !

June Fladborg DEN is well known to us at Golden Falls – as she has trained with us and Ray Stokes over the years. Having got within a 1.0m of the 2002 56.6m World Record set by Elena Milakova / Thomsen just a week earlier, this time she landed 57.4m – for a new pending World Record. Let’s hope that Hazelwoods had all the boxes ticked on that one. This was history in the making.

The Open Men finished off the day with some outstanding performances also – Ryan Dodd CAN took the top slot with 71.3m and young Zack Worden USA was very close behind with 71.2m.  What a weekend !

NICE AND WARM TODAY BUT A BIT CHOPPY

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

OUR MEMBERS USING EVERY MOMENT AVAILABLE ON THE WATER

KEELA AND MUM MIRIAM MAKE GREAT PROGRESS

KEELA AND MUM MIRIAM MAKE GREAT PROGRESS

‘Great to see that our Members continue to enjoy their time on the water with us and today was as busy as ever. On the Dock were Geoff, Miriam, Greg, Keela, Richie, Des, Dave –  and Susi and her group of friends watched the sun set over another BBQ at the Clubhouse after their time on the water.

Daryl continues to do a great job and keeps everything shipshape – and don’t forget to call him if you want to confirm your times – 087 668 6225

Our Swans have returned again – two pairs – back to their usual spot over on the Quinlan’s side of the Lake. They seem to always know the boat path. Our Crested Cranes seem to have moved on but they usually come back at the end of the Summer to their place at the stone bridge. Thankfully, the Mink seem to have found a home somewhere else and that means that the Malibu does not smell like a Fish Market in the morning  !

Daryl brews a proper cup of coffee !

Daryl brews a proper cup of coffee !

ELEVEN PODIUMS AND SEVEN NATIONAL GOLD MEDALS FOR GOLDEN FALLS MEMBERS IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday, July 26th, 2010

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES BY OUR CLUB SKIERS

IN THE 2010 NATIONAL WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

OUR 2010 GOLDEN FALLS NATIONALS CHALLENGERS

OUR 2010 GOLDEN FALLS NATIONALS CHALLENGERS

Congratulations to our talented Skiers Carl Cautley, Geoff Clarke, Dom Jameson, and Daryl Higgins. All won Gold Medals at the 2010 National Waterski Championships at Lough Aghery WSC over the weekend. THIS WAS JUST PART OF A SEVEN MEDAL COLLECTION !

Congratulations also to Simon Durham and Daniel Hearne for challenging the winners and making sure that Golden Falls was very well represented in all events. Lets go for an even bigger Club Team next year !

Here is a summary of all the outstanding Golden Falls Member’s achievements in what were challenging conditions. Although it was warm, grey skies, a little drizzle and a gusty tail breeze forced the Jumpers and Slalom Skiers to make some serious tactical decisions in each Round. As usual, the best made the smartest decisions.

Geoff BACK IN GREAT FORM

Geoff BACK IN GREAT OUTSTANDING FORM

55+ GEOFF CLARKE : Jump Gold

Carl OUTSTANDING IN +45

Carl OUTSTANDING IN +45

45+ CARL CAUTLEY : Slalom Gold, Tricks Gold, Jump Silver, Overall Gold

Dom CONTINUES WINNING STREAK

Dom CONTINUES WINNING STREAK

45+ Dom Jameson : Slalom Silver, Jump Gold

Daryl OVERCOMES INJURY IN STYLE

Daryl OVERCOMES INJURY IN STYLE

35+ Daryl Higgins : Slalom Silver, Silver Tricks, Jump Gold, Overall Gold

For other details, see the report on our Federation Website at :

WWW.IRISHWWF.IE

FOR THE RESULTS – CHECK OUT :

2010 Nationals Final Results

GOLDEN FALLS 5 MAN TEAM PERFORM WELL IN ROUND 1 OF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

GOLDEN FALLS TEAM – SIMON DURHAM – DOMINIC JAMESON – CARL CAUTLEY – DARYL HIGGINS – DANIEL HEARNE

Here is a brief general report of today, Saturday, at the 2010 National Waterski Championships at Lough Aghery WSC in County Down. Well done to all our Golden Falls Skiers – and good luck in the Sunday Finals.

What are they doing in the long grass - checking the competition !

What are they doing in the long grass - checking the competition !

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all 30 Skiers, Officials and Organisers who were ready and waiting on the Dock at precisely 8.30am today for Round 1 of our National Waterski Championships. The new pre-entry system really paid off. No last minute additions or deletions – just a totally enjoyable start to a great event. This has now set the standard for all our other IWWF calendar competitions in the future.

Our Driver Geoff Clarke kicks off the Slalom event

Our Driver Geoff Clarke kicks off the Slalom event

With a total of SEVEN judging cameras mounted on site, the Judges Room looked like a trading desk on the New York Stock Exchange – very impressive. The new Slalom Course, SplashEye and refurbished Jump Ramp also looked perfect. Well done Lough Aghery WSC.

Our Daryl Higgins and Simon Durham warm up for action

Our Daryl Higgins and Simon Durham warm up for action

Chief Judge Stuart England and Driver Geoff Clarke kicked off with Slalom – and began with the U12 Boys. Young Daniel Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) set a cracking pace with a score of 0.5 Buoys at 55kph on the short 16m line. Yes, that was the U12 Category ! In fact this equaled the best score of his brother Barry T in the older U14 category.

Daryl gets back from his injury

Daryl gets back from his injury

Moving quickly through U17 and 55+, we then had some excellent performances in Mens 45+. Dominic Jameson (Golden Falls WSC) was first off the dock and led all the way with a score of 4 Buoys on the 13m line. Watch out for Dominic in the Finals tomorrow. It was also good to see Cormac Fitzpatric  (Meteor WSC) back in form again in 2nd place with 3 Buoys on the 14.25m line. Mens 35+ also produced excellent performances with Chris McDowell (Meteor WSC) taking top place with a score of 1 Buoy on the 12m line. Daryl Higgins (Golden Falls WSC) came in second with 2 Buoys on the 13m line.

Daniel Hearne builds up his competition experience

Daniel Hearne builds up his competition experience

Now it was time for the Open Battles. Diane Kirby (Meteor WSC) showed her consistency once again and came out on top with 3.25 Buoys on the 16m line. With our top seven Slalom Skiers lined up in Open Men, all eyes were on all seven as a mistake could pass the leaders baton to any in the line-up. Barry Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) was first off. As our unbeaten National Overall Champion, his weekend began with 2.5 Buoys on the 13m line – a very solid performance. Next came our National Record Holder, Rodney Watson (Meteor WSC). He ran the 12m line – and settled for 1.0 Buoys on the 11.25m line – to guarantee a great Final tomorrow. Jody Waterworth ((Meteor WSC), then set the cat amongst the pigeons !His score of 0.5 Buoys on the 12m line put him ahead of Barry Galvin and in 2nd place. Watch out for these three tomorrow !Youngsters Mark Scott, Daniel Hearne and Liam Fitzpatrick showed great promise and look very much the future champions in waiting.

Another Overall challenge for Barry

Another Overall challenge for Barry

It was just after the BBQ lunch when we moved on to Tricks. This time is was the U14 Boys Champion, Barry T Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) who actually set the highest score of all categories today !  Yes, nobody could catch him. His training in France last week really made a difference. His 4280 points score and spectacular Flips run left all in his wake. Barry, his father, clocked up the next best – in Open Men – with a score of 1530 points proving that apart from young Barry T, we are not really a Tricking Nation !

Rodney unbeatable again today

Rodney unbeatable again today

The day finished on the very impressive Lough Aghery Jump Ramp. With the ParaMedic crew on site, 16 Jumpers set their sights on their titles and in good water conditions, it was a thrilling afternoon. Robin Skelton (Stillwaters WSC), Geoff Clarke and Carl Cautley and Dominic Jameson and Daryl Higgins (Golden Falls WSC), all attended the Stephen Critchley Training Course this week at Golden Falls in County Kildare and performed well. (Daryl 25.8m, Robin 29.3m, Geoff 35.5m, Carl 36.2m and Dominic 37.0m) In the Open category, there was pride at stake. Our National Overall Champion Barry Galvin already had solid scores in Slalom and Tricks today and needed to impress in Open Men Jump. He left no doubts with the top score of 43.6m. With a slight tail wind, it was a bit testing but only Jody Waterworth could get close with 41.3m.  Again, this should be a cracking Final tomorrow – and GOOD LUCK to our Golden Falls Skiers..

OUR YOUNGEST STARS CATCH ALL THE HEADLINES TODAY

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

STEVE’S COACHING COURSE BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN SUNSHINE

It was another 10 hour day at the Lake today – and it was our youngest Skiers who really excelled on Steve Critchley’s Coaching Course. These are the stars of the future and this year we have one of the largest groups of younger Skiers for some time. Well done to all – and especially the Parents who make it all possible.

Abby is ready for the Magic Ramp today

Abby is ready for the Magic Ramp today

While all did very well on the water, here are just a few of the highlights. Ora landed her first Jumps – and that is a day every Skier remembers forever. Congratulations Ora and who knows, we may see you next year in the National Waterski Championships.

Waiting for your turn !

Waiting for your turn !

Keela ran the Slalom Course today at 46kph – an outstanding achievement considering how little time she has actually had on the water. Great progress Keela – well done.

Abby also had an amazing day. Firstly, she got very close to running the Slalom Course before she decided to try the Magic Ramp. So, all kitted out with her helmet, Jump Skis and Jump suit, she showed no signs of fear and her time on the horses over the years must have helped. She actually got over the Ramp a total of four times and survived ! Well done Abby.

Toby and Pippa must have been inspired by Abby ! Toby got up on one ski today and Pippa actually conquered the mono start. Two more great performances.

At this rate of progress, thanks to the patience of Steve and Daryl, we will have a bunch of really great Skiers at Golden Falls in the very near future.

A Week To Remember at the Lake

A Week To Remember at the Lake