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JAKE SETS A NEW NATIONAL OPEN JUMP RECORD

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS TO JAKE BRIDGES

When Jake Bridges (Golden Falls WSC) had a nasty Jump accident in the UK almost two years ago, it could well have put him off the event forever.

That is not the way real athletes think and so this new National Open Men Jump Record is a great credit to him. His previous National Record was set at 56.0m – and now he has pushed it all the way up to 59.2m / 195ft.

We doubt if this will be Jake’s last National Jump Record and as that 60.0m level gets closer and closer, all eyes will be on Jake in the season ahead.

Right now, Jake is back at his studies at University in Louisiana.

We all congratulate him on both a great recovery and a great new National Open Men Jump Record.

SAD FAREWELLS TO RAY IN AUSTRALIA AND IRELAND

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

HEALESVILLE AND GOLDEN FALLS CELEBRATE A VERY SPECIAL LIFE

Healesville on Thursday bids farewell

Healesville on Thursday bids farewell

Following the Celebration of Ray Stokes life in Healesville, Victoria, in Australia on Thursday, Golden Falls Members met today in Dublin to also share some memories on Ray’s visits to the Club in Ballymore Eustace over the past 20 years or more. Some tears and lots of smiles !

Australia’s Ray Stokes made an enormous contribution to the sport of Waterskiing in his short 51 year life. He revolutionised Jump Ski design, converted almost all to a much safer way to score big Jump distances, coached almost every major international Jumper and five National Teams, brought Emma Sheers and June Fladborg all the way to setting World Jump Records, and most of all made global friendships on a scale never seen before in our sport. With over 30,000 individual messages on his CaringBridge pages, his impact was exceptional. Irish Federation President Des Burke-Kennedy was invited to organise his Memorial Ceremony with the Stokes family in Healesville, Australia on Thursday.

Golden Falls remembers Ray today

Golden Falls remembers Ray today

Today, our Golden Falls Members got together at Chris Terry’s Cafe Du Journal in Monkstown, County Dublin for breakfast and to also celebrate the life of somebody who made so many great friendships over these past 20 years at our Lake. We then moved to DunLaoghaire’s West Pier to share some final thoughts beside the water.

Our condolences go to Ray’s family and June and Mark and Neil and all his closest friends. Our Club was one of the first to invite Ray to provide coaching courses and we will never forget his friendship over the past 20+ years. May he rest in peace.

RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX READY FOR ACTION AND RAFFLE !

Friday, September 9th, 2011

WINDY WEATHER BUT WE WILL NOT LET THAT STOP THE GRAND PRIX FUN

THANKS TO BILABONG FOR THEIR GREAT SUPPORT

THANKS TO BILLABONG FOR THEIR GREAT SUPPORT

We put the finishing touches to the Club site this evening and all looks really good right now. A big thanks to Daryl, Donal, Carl and all the team for getting the place shipshape for our very special RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX.

It has been a very tough week for Ray. Brain surgery, general anaesthetics, blood transfusions, all take their toll but hopefully Ray will now feel better having got over this stage successfully. He hates cold weather and would really prefer to be up on the Gold Coast rather than in Melbourne. I don’t think he would fancy doing Rescue Boat duty when we kick off here at 09.30hrs here tomorrow !

We also launched a RAY RAFFLE just 48 hours ago and have been overwhelmed by the response from our Waterski friends. Just amazing ! The list of donated prizes is extraordinary – see below. Billabong have also donated Winners Prizes as we will give the standard Cash Prize to Ray also to help with his medical costs. As of tonight, we have sold exactly 40 RAY RAFFLE tickets at Euro 20.00 each and all this will also go to Ray.

So, our SLALOM and JUMP athletes will be ready on the dock tomorrow at 09.30hrs sharp – and we hope that the tail end of the USA Hurricanes don’t spoil our party !

Thank you all for your fantastic support. It is really appreciated by our Golden Falls Team.

HERE ARE THE PRIZES DONATED TO OUR RAY RAFFLE TOMORROW :

SkiCaraibes One Week – Island of St Martin – Coaching by Guy Laurent and Brigitte Lethem

Apple iPad – donated by Donal Connolly

Special Party Night at Your Venue – DJ+Full Sound System – donated by Martin Cullinan of TODAY FM

Vintage Champagne – donated by Simon Durham

Vintage Champagne – donated by Fiachra O’Riordan

Complete Utility Pocket Tools Bundle – donated by Dermot Fenton

Custom Monogrammed Car Mats – Your Name for Your Car – donated by Des Burke-Kennedy

Terryglass Cottage Weekend on the Shannon – donated by Jakki Kavanagh

CyclePlus Full Monty Bicycle Service – donated by Steven Cautley

MasterCraft Goodies – donated by Jonny Crawford

Full Winter Fitness Programme – 12 Sessions with the Professionals – donated by Carl Cautley

WANT AN iPAD – COME TO OUR RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

SUPER RAFFLE PLANNED FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX

Get your iPad at Golden Falls

Get your iPad at Golden Falls

Come for the Skiing – and stay for the RAY RAFFLE PRIZES !

To create some extra fun at our September 10/11 RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX, we put out an urgent call yesterday for donations of interesting items for our special Raffle which will take place before our Podium results are announced on Sunday, September 11th at the Golden Falls Boardwalk.

Within just a few hours, great things happened. We received a sparkling new iPad from Donal Connolly, some rare Vintage Champagne from Simon Durham and a full KEEP FIT Course from Carl Cautley. Many thanks to Donal, Simon and Carl for responding so quickly. What a great start !

Can you add anything to the RAY RAFFLE ?

Just drop a note to Des with the details of anything you can offer so that the proceeds which will go to the RAY STOKES FUND and will be added to the TOTAL PRIZE FUND which is also going to help Ray at the RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX.

des@burke-kennedy.com

GRAND PRIX THIS WEEKEND – ALL ENTRIES NEEDED BY THURSDAY MIDNIGHT

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

ITS’ SLALOM & JUMP GRAND PRIX TIME AGAIN – AND ALL ARE INVITED.

Everybody needs an ENTRY FORMEVERYBODY NEEDS AN ENTRY FORM

SLALOM & JUMP GRAND PRIX

September 18/19 2010

Our Skiers have had a good Summer – with a lot of sunny days and good water. Unfortunately, it’s almost over. Here is your chance to end on a high note !

FORMAT :  Personal Best +/-

ROUNDS :   Three Rounds of Slalom

ROUNDS :   Three Rounds of Jump

TIMETABLE

Saturday 09.00hrs :

if you miss the start, you can catch up in Round 2 but you will sacrifice your possible Round 1 scores NO LATE ENTRIES / DEADLINE THURSDAY MIDNIGHT / see below

Sunday 09.00hrs :

Final Rounds – Discipline depending on weather

Practice : All week from Tuesday till 19.00hrs Friday at €20.00 per session.

CASH PRIZES

SLALOM :    1st €150 /  2nd € 100  / 3rd €50

JUMP :         1st €150 /  2nd € 100  / 3rd €50

Slalom – PB competition based on 90% of your PB

Jump – Cash for PBs plus new SplashEye Challenge event

LOCATION : Golden Falls Waterski Club, Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare

DATE : Saturday & Sunday, September 18/19

STARTING : 09.00 SHARP on both Saturday & Sunday

ROUNDS :        Saturday 3 Rounds /  Sunday 3 Rounds – depending on weather

ENTRY :           Send an e.mail today with your Entry attached – see below

COSTS :            €60.00 for Jump /  €60.00 for Slalom / €100 for both – payable on arrival

IWWF License : Essential for all Skiers – available at : http://irishwwf.ie/competition-licenses

PLEASE E.MAIL YOUR ENTRY FORM AS ATTACHMENT

GRAND PRIX Entry Form 2010

by Midnight on Thursday September 16th

TO : des@burke-kennedy.com

RUNNING ORDER WILL BE POSTED ON LINE ON FRIDAY :

www.GoldenFallsWaterskiClub.com

GEOFF TAKES EUROPEAN SILVER MEDAL BACK TO GOLDEN FALLS

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

GEOFF HELPS IRISH WATERSKI TEAM TO TAKE HOME EIGHT MEDALS

FROM 35+ CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ITALY

Our Irish Waterski Team at the 35+ World Championships and Europe/Africa Championships in Segrate Milan Italy have returned home today with some outstanding results and a bunch of Personal Best scores. GOLDEN FALLS SKIER GEOFF CLARKE WAS ONE OF THE MEDAL WINNERS.

Ireland’s total Medals haul was EIGHT – quite an achievement !

This major international event includes two quite separate competitions – the World Championships and the Europe/Africa Championships – with Finals run also on separate days. It is a six day marathon test and exhaustion point is often reached just before the closing ceremonies ! The organization by the Italian Waterski Federation was outstanding on all fronts. After two days of cool damp weather, Summer returned for the last four days. As far as our Irish Team is concerned, it was one of the most rewarding to date. This shows clearly in the eventual TEAM positions in both events.

With 33 Countries in the World Championships and many fielding very large teams, our Irish Team beat 26 Countries and captured 7th place – ahead of such significant players as Sweden, Denmark, Italy , Russia, Spain, Australia, etc.

With 22 Countries competing in the Europe/Africa Championships and many also fielding very large teams, our Irish Team beat 15 Countries and captured 5th place – ahead of such significant players as Italy, Denmark, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Belgium, Greece, etc.

Congratulations to Dianne Kirby, Geoff Clarke, Barry Galvin and Rodney Watson. Competing against such major international stars as Drew Ross CAN, Steve Cockeram NZL and Olga Gubarenko RUS and achieving such high placings in the Team scores was an outstanding achievement. Already there is talk of planning for the next World Championships – likely to be in California !

Here are the individual scores – and many are outstanding Personal Best performances. If we could find a way to increase our Trick performances, few Countries could beat the Irish Team next time around.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

55+ SLALOM BRONZE – Dianne Kirby – 1.5 Buoys on 16m line

55+ JUMP BRONZE – Dianne Kirby – 23.3m

55+ OVERALL BRONZE – Dianne Kirby

55+ JUMP 4th – Geoff Clarke – 34.7m

55+ TRICKS 5th – Dianne Kirby – 1220 Points

35+ JUMP 5th – Barry Galvin – 47.0m

35+ SLALOM 12th – Rodney Watson – 2 Buoys on 11.25m line

35+ SLALOM 33rd – Barry Galvin – 3.0 Buoys on 13m line

35+ TRICKS  7th – Barry Galvin – 2750 Points

35+ OVERALL 8th – Barry Galvin

Wolfgang Senge GER takes Gold, Geoff takes Silver and George Ward GBR Bronze

Wolfgang Senge GER takes Gold, Geoff takes Silver and George Ward GBR Bronze

Geoff Clarke was up against very tough competition in the Europe/Africa Finals. Many did not make it through. His distances were 33.6m in the Prelims and 38.2m in the Finals. This Finals distance was 3.0m ahead of third place George Ward GBR and only 0.9m short of the winner, Wolfgang Senge GER. Well done Geoff

EUROPE/AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIPS

55+ SLALOM SILVER – Dianne Kirby – 3.5 Buoys on 14.25m line

55+ TRICKS SILVER – Dianne Kirby – 1470 Points

55+ JUMP GOLD – Dianne Kirby – 19.8m

55+ OVERALL GOLD – Dianne Kirby

55+ JUMP SILVER – Geoff Clarke – 38.2m

35+ SLALOM 8th – Rodney Watson – 3.5 Buoys on 12m line

35+ SLALOM 26th – Barry Galvin – 3 Buoys on 13m line

35+ TRICKS 5th – Barry Galvin – 2910 Points

35+ JUMP 4th – Barry Galvin – 48.7m

35+ OVERALL 6th – Barry Galvin

IRELAND TEAM

Europe / Africa Championships – 5th of 22 Countries

World Championships – 7th of 33 Countries

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