I first tried water skiing at a Come & Try day at SeaWorld back in 1998 which was run by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.
Soon after I borrowed a water ski from a friend and taught myself how to ski behind my brother’s jet ski.
I skied socially until 2001 when I entered the Nationals which were being held in Nambour, Queensland. Here I tried the slalom, trick and jump competitive events for the first time.
Although very green, I was selected for the Australian team to compete at my first World Championships which were being held in Melton, west of Melbourne. This gave me a taste of what was to come.
In 2003, I won my first medal at a World Championships in America.
It was a bronze medal in the jump event. From here I went on to win gold medals in the trick event (2007, 2009) gold in the jump event (2013, 2015 and 2017) and hold national and world records.
Without the support from Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, I would not have been able to compete at these events both internationally and nationally, so I would like to personally say ‘thank you’ and ‘Happy 40th Anniversary’.