ON SONG: Peter Darby recorded three 14m passes in one tournament, a first for him.
ON SONG: Peter Darby recorded three 14m passes in one tournament, a first for him. Contributed

CQ skier has the magic touch

WATER SKI: Rockhampton's Peter Darby hadn't skied in seven months. He got back on the water with only two training sessions under his belt just days before.

But earlier this month, Darby's natural skills took over as he won his division in round three of the Central Region Water Ski titles in Theodore.

He said he was more happy to ski consistently well than winning. He ski's to beat himself, as opposed to others.

"I had an eight month lay-off and only got back on the water days before the competition, so it was surprising how well I went,” Darby said.

"To me it's not about competing against others, it's against myself. And it was the first time I had run three 14m passes in a tournament.

"The outright score got me the win. I was just really happy with how consistent I was. My work had kept me out of the sport, so it was a surprise.”

Darby beat Theodore local Dan Joyce by the barest of margins to claim the top gong in what he calls his favourite event of the series.

"Theodore is one of my favourite places to go. The water and weather conditions are always perfect.

"I love it there, they always put on a great event,” he added.

Moura's Mel Collins led the way in div one, fresh from a silver at the Big Red Masters.

Dysart's Anthony Spelta set a personal best score to secure gold in div three over Theodore's Fraser Hewitt.

The hotly contested div four had Emerald's Murray Wake a winner by 1.5 buoys with three skiers setting an identical best score for second the results were decided on count back with Frank Van Bael and Bobbi Joyce, both of Theodore getting silver and bronze respectively.

There were mixed emotions for Mackay's Nick Case who put in his best tournament performance for some time but came away empty handed. Shane Jensen of Emerald competed in two rounds and won both, he will move up a division.



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