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British Water Ski Racing Mourns the Death of Guy Gooding

It is with great sadness that we hear of the sudden  death of Guy Gooding aged 59yrs. Our deepest condolences go  out to Wendy, Mum Gill, Kim & Sally & family at this very sad time. Guy Gooding and family were the backbone of ski racing during the early years. Guy along with his Mum & Dad , sister Kim were members of the Hunstanton Ski Club.

John Hoiles Passes Away

Many old timers will be saddened by the news that John Hoiles after a short illness passed away peacefully on the 6th January 2015.

John was a true ambassador for ski racing in the early days

Results Diamond Race 2014

The Diamond Race yet again proved to be a spectacular race in the European cup series. .

Euro Kids started the days racing & for some their 1st Diamond race in challenging conditions they all took on  the canal  very impressively. A huge congratulations to these young ski racers.

Men’s F1 & F2  was the highlight of the day with an outstanding win by Dave Vansteelant  followed by Darren Kirkland & within seconds USA skier Todd Haig taking 3rd position. Men’s F2 1st  Jarrrod Teelow (Australia) 2nd  Steven Robertosn (Australia) 3rd  Cameron King (USA) 4th  Daryll Tyndall 1st European Skier

Congratulations to all competitors that skied this year.

A moving tribute to Sarah Teeleow was held before the start of the Ladies & Masters race attended by Sarah’s family & friends

Thank you to all the race organisers for yet again a great Diamond race. Looking forward to 2015 !

Download the race results below

Diamond Race Results 2014



Great Britain Celebrates Sarah Teelow’s Life

Friends, Team GB & supporters are devastated that  F2 Ladies World Champion Sarah Teelow tragically passed away. Sarah touched the hearts of us Brits most of us watching her outstanding performance in Tenerife at the World Championships.

Wendy Waite passes away

It is with deep sadness & regret that I have to inform you all that Wendy Waite passed away January 24th after a long illness. Wendy was one of the loveliest persons to be around, supporting her husband Rob & family,  being part of ski racing for 30 years actively involved

Troy Dolan passes away – Funeral details

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of one of the Old School greats Troy Dolan.

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Troy started racing in the early 80’s behind his Dad Peter’s Bullet, Boss Hogg, and quickly became one of the Super Stars of the sport.
Teaming up with the Action crew, Troy regularly won many titles and awards.

Condolences to Peter, Val & Sonia Dolan and Troy’s two young boys and Cindy and his many friends and extended family at this sad time.

Troy had such a beautiful, gentle and very cheeky soul. By all who knew you – you will be greatly missed. Forever in our hearts!!!

Troy’s Funeral details are, Wednesday 2nd January, 11am at Mulqueen Funeral Directors, Bridge St, Bendigo.

Harbour Master Training Tribute – WC9901

A special Training Tribute to Stephen Robertson will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
It will be run from 7:30am until 10:30am on Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Harbour and beyond is the training choice for Stephen Robertson, AKA – Harbourmaster AKA – WC9901.
As a tribute to a legend and a friend, we would like to invite you to take part in a nostalgic tribute ski from Sydney Harbour, around Lion Island and back into Sydney Harbour.
We invite anyone capable and keen, to make the run up the coast. We will be following the same path travelled “more times that you’ve had hot dinners” by Stephen himself. This is NOT a race. Its a tribute to someone who offered our sport so much, and we make this journey as sign of respect in memory of Stephen Robertson.

You all know the score…. No drag ski’s (74 INCH MAX). No long ropes. 21 foot boats… Of course, if you want to, you can break the journey up, and share the load. The point is to have great day! Kids, you can do this, no doubt!

Its important that we all stay safe. So, meet at Watsons Bay – 7:30am sharp, on Saturday 21st January.
Please contact Alex Ross or Ken Cheetham if you’d like to be involved. Its important that we know who will be on the water.

More information to come, but at this stage, after we are all back safely, we will congregate in Sydney Harbour for a social ski, some lunch, and catch up.

Alex Ross – 041840077
Ken Cheetham – 0414 995 513

Facebook Event Page for the Harbour Master Tribute

Stone Watersports Club Essex Honour Stephen Robertson

The Stone Water sports club Essex held a minutes silence in honour of 2 times World Champion Water ski racer Stephen Robertson . The chairman on behalf of the club send their condolences to the Robertson family.

Water Ski Racer Paper Aust – Invitation for Vale Tribute messages to Stephen Robertson

Gail, from the Aussie ‘Water Ski Racer’ newspaper, has offered ski racers a chance to submit their Vale messages for Stephen Robertson to be included in the up coming edition.

There is to be a special Tribute to Stephen in that issue.

The next edition deadline for the Aussie ‘Water Ski Racer’ newspaper is closing on Dec 02.

Please submit them to Gail on the following address,


VALE Wally Hackett

VALE Wally Hackett

Passed away suddenly 19/11/1932 — 16/11/2011.

Wally is remembered by many ski racers over many years as a great competitor and contributor to the sport.

Racing Thunderbolt at Cabrita in the 60’s, winning the 1976 Bridge to Bridge through to many other achievements including assisting in creating Wisemans Ferry as the NSW home for water ski racing.

Wally’s other race highlights were winning Classics, NSW series, Southern 80, Campaigning in the Worlds in the USA, setting records at Sackville (continuous skiing), Newcastle to Sydney endurance and many other titles.

Wally’s team many included notable ski racing identities including Bruce Robberds, Peter Ward, Terry Bennett, Lonnie Hogan, Robbie Woods as well as his sons Brad and Murray and many others.

Wally is remembered by his family and many friends.

Wally’s family extend a welcome to family & friends to celebrate his life.

Funeral details
2.00pm , Tuesday 29th November 2011
Newcastle West Chapel
984 Hunter Street Newcastle West.

After the service the wake will be held at the Chapel.

It is requested No Flowers. We prefer donations to the Heart Foundation on behalf of Wally Hackett.

Rest in Peace Wally.

Hunstanton Ski Club honour Stephen Robertson

Stephen Robertson was honoured with a minutes silence at Hunstanton Ski Club’s annual trophy presentation Saturday 12th November. Hunstanton Ski Club pass their sincere condolences to The Robertson Family

Funeral Arrangements Stephen Robertson

The funeral of Stephen Robertson will take place Friday 10am November 18th Macquarie Park Crematorium, cnr Deli & Plassey Road North Ryde. A wake will follow afterwards.

The family requests no Australian Uniforms or ski guard of honour – they also request no flowers.

Tony van Deursen killed in a water ski accident

New Zealand water ski racing is mourning the loss of Tony van Deursen , 57, who died in a water ski accident on Lake Taupo on Saturday 29th of October.

Tony Malpas passes away

It is with great regret to report that Britains  Tony Malpas has passed away after a long fight against cancer. The old skool water ski racing will remember Tony.

A Tribute to Byron Whipple

On Sept 5, 2010, America’s Byron Whipple passed away in Lakeport, USA as a result of a boating accident – more.

Below is a great selection of racing shots to remind us of Byron’s career in the sport.

If anyone who knew Byron well would like to write a tribute that could be included here, please get in touch.

A Tribute to Norm Griffin (1928 – 2010)

Norm Griffin is known the world over and was involved in water ski racing for decades. Sadly he passed away on Friday 12th November 2010 and left us with many memories of a great guy who did so much at every level of the sport. His grandson Tyron uploaded these photos onto Facebook and has shared them with us here for us all to enjoy some of the memories.

George Edward Faust 20/12/1923 – 08/01/2011 – Funeral details

George Edward Faust  20/12/1923 – 08/01/2011

George learnt to ski at Lake Munmora in the early 1960’s.

He began driving in ski races with his family in 1968.

He was still skiing in events after he was 50 years old, winning the Bridge to Bridge over 50’s class many times.

Becoming a Judge as well, for numerous ski race events throughout Australia and overseas, George had a passion for water skiing and was still enjoying hopping on the ski until 6 months ago at the ripe old age of 86.

George’s Funeral is being held this Thursday 13 Jan @ 11.30am, at the Tweed Heads Crematorium & Memorial Gardens, Sunshine Avenue, Tweed Heads.

Hugo Van Loon Passes Away

Vera Van den Bossche of Belgium writes … Dear all, It is with great sadness that I have to inform you all that Hugo Van Loon at the age of 64, passed away this morning January 13th caused by a heart attack.

Hugo was a well known figure amongst us, not only as International Judge but also as former racer, Chairman of WSV Racing,  Belgian Judge and Organiser of the Antwerp edition for the Worlds 2009.

The funeral will take place on Saturday January 17th at 09.30 a.m. in the Church of Sint Katarina at Stabroek (Belgium).

Howard Haig Passes Away

14 Jan update

Services for Howard
Saturday, January 24 @ 2:00 pm

The River Christian Reformed Church
459 E Highland Ave
Redlands CA 92373
909 798-2221

Gathering following:
Redlands Country Club
1749 Garden St
Redlands CA 92373
909 793-1295


Many will already have heard the terribly sad news that Howard Haig passed away on 9th January.

Howard was returning from a trip to Miami and was taken ill whilst at the airport. An ambulance took Howard to hospital, he was stabilized, but then passed away.

So many people will be saddened by the loss of this most charismatic and friendly member of the water ski racing world and my thoughts go to his sons Todd, Michael and other family and friends at this difficult time.

Karl Brooks Memorial

July 2008
At the closing ceremony of the 2008 European Water Ski Racing Championships, Karen and Martin Brooks collected an award on behalf of their son Karl Brooks, who was tragically lost in June 2007. EAME Racing Chairman Mike Waterman presented the award.

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