Gosfield skiers turn home advantage to gold

CLUB members struck gold at Gosfield Lake at the weekend, winning six medals in the National 2012 Waterski Championships. Ben Turp won three gold medals, David Kinnane and Billy Turp one gold apiece, and Calum Heath one silver.

Skiers travelled from all over Great Britain to Gosfield to participate, some from as far away as Scotland. Standards were high, and personal bests were recorded across the board.

The competition started with preliminaries on Friday, with Gosfield skiers Kinnane, Heath and David Foley-Brickley safely going through to the under-17s slalom final and Alex Pett for the under-21s.

Following slalom were the jump prelims with all eyes on William Turp, 18.

Turp suffered an injury to his shoulder three weeks ago and had had to drop out of slalom and trick discipline and had only been back on skis for a few days.

With a jump of 46.2 metres he secured his place in the final.

Ben Turp, 11, was up next with his trick run, and although he fell on his toe run he went on to the finals. Heath also got through to the under-17s.

Saturday morning saw the last of the qualifiers as Ben Turp scored five at 16m to secure his place in the final.

The finals got under way with Kinnane achieving two at 11.25 to secure gold and the National under-17 Slalom Champion title.

In an eventful jump final, Billy Turp took the gold with a new personal best of 49.2m to become under-21s National Jump Champion.

The Youth Nationals continued with Ben Turp having a much better run and scoring 1460 to take gold for the under-12s, Heath coming second in under-17s.

As the sun shone again, the best open skiers in the country wowed the spectators with trick routines and slalom skiing. After the open presentation and medals, the evening was topped off with a barbecue and karaoke evening.

It was an early start Sunday, but an undeterred Ben Turp scored 1.4 at 14.25m to take the gold in both slalom and overall to retain the under-12 National Champion title.