British Water Ski Win Team Gold at EAME

18th September 2002

The British Water Ski team had a hugely successful EAME U21 Championships in Agrinio, Greece which took place from the 13 – 15 September, 2002.

The team consisted of William Asher, Chris Sumner, Cameron Wynne, and Rachel Crosland. Nicole Arthur was also representing Great Britain, competing as an individual.

The competition started on Friday morning with Ladies Tricks with Rachel Crosland successfully going through to the final with a preliminary score of 5020. She followed this up with a score of 4850 in the final, placing her in silver medal position. Julie-Laure Coassin FRA scored 5520 in the final to secure gold, with Cristina De Madrano Tiana ESP taking bronze with 3580.

In Mens Tricks, high hopes were on Chris Sumner who scored 7660 and clearly led the preliminary round going into the final. He topped his initial score in the final with 7940 but unfortunately only earning Chris a silver medal as Joffrey Malaquin FRA scored a personal best of 8210. Thierry Lambrigger SUI won bronze with 5900. Cameron Wynne placed 4th with a preliminary round score of 4960 and final score of 5390. Will Asher placed 10th with a preliminary round score of 5600 and final score of 2130.

Nicole Arthur was competing as an individual in Ladies Slalom and comfortably qualified for the final with 2.5@13m. A fantastic score of 1@12m in the final also won Nicole a silver medal, 0.5 of a bouy behind Julie-Laure Coasssin FRA. Luidmilla Kashitsina Uswas 3rd with 4@13m.

In Mens Slalom, Chris Sumner placed 22nd with 3.5@13m, and Cameron Wynne placed 28th with 3@14m, with Will Asher putting in a superb team performance of 5.5@10.75m to easily qualify for the final. Will was last out in the final and needed more than Thomas Degasperi’s final score of 2@10.75m. Will was disappointed as he could only get 1.5@10.75m placing him in silver medal position behind Thomas, but still looking good for an overall medal.

The team was not represented in Ladies Jump. Gold was taken by Luisa Zettinig AUT with 45.2m, in silver was Louise Carl DEN with 41.9m with bronze going to Katrine Petersen with 41.5m.

In Mens Jump, Chris Sumner went 49.4m in the preliminary round, placing him 13th. Cameron Wynne just missed out on qualifying for the final, jumping 50.3m and placing 11th. Will Asher went 58.9m to comfortably qualify for the final and went 58.5m in the final, winning a bronze medal in the process. Aurelien Serrault FRA won with 62.1m, with Mikkel Andersen DEN taking silver with 60.4m.

The Overall was extremely close throughout the competition between Will Asher and Joffrey Malaquin FRA. With Joffrey failing to improve on his preliminary jump score, Will secured the overall gold, a fantastic achievement. Joffrey took silver, with Jaime Azarujinha-Freitas POR taking the overall bronze.

From the above scores, Great Britain took team gold, 27 combined points ahead of France, with Greece taking bronze.