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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