Water Skiing - Alex makes splash at championship

A schoolboy from Linton is celebrating after winning a bronze medal at a national waterskiing event. Fourteen-year-old Alex Pett, a pupil at Linton Village College, was absolutely delighted with his performance last Saturday. He said: It was such a sur

A schoolboy from Linton is celebrating after winning a bronze medal at a national waterskiing event.

Fourteen-year-old Alex Pett, a pupil at Linton Village College, was "absolutely delighted" with his performance last Saturday. He said: "It was such a surprise; I couldn't believe I had done so well. It's a real accomplishment."

He competed in the British National Under-14s Waterski Slalom Championship held at Gosfield Lake Waterski Club.

In only his second competition, it was a "remarkable achievement" for him to make it to the final, said his dad David Pett. "Alex has worked really hard and has earned his success. He really deserves his medal.


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"The weather on Saturday made the conditions for waterskiing extremely difficult, but he did very well. It is unusual for a debutant to get into a medal position."

Alex has been waterskiing since he was 10 when he took up the hobby on a family holiday. Having got the bug for the sport, he now waterskis three or four times a week.

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Mr Pett believes that his son's motivation to compete comes from "wanting to beat his dad."

As a member of the waterski club, Alex gets "huge encouragement" from everyone involved, and he draws inspiration from club owner and head coach, Vince Turp, who is also a former national champion.

Mr Turp said: "It is a fantastic achievement. He comes from a family of waterskiers but he has done this all off his own back, his dedication is second to none.

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