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Powerboat club members represent Team GB
WATER-SKIERS from the Lyme Regis Powerboat Club helped inspire Team GB to one of their best-ever finishes at the Water-ski Racing World Champion-ships in Tenerife.
The powerboat club supplied half of the team for the championships, with James Bartlett, Damian Hopkins, Mark Anderson, Richard Kirk, Bradley Cannings and Tim Mayers all making the journey to Costa Adeje in Tenerife.
Great Britain managed to finish third in the Men’s Open Class, second in Formula Two and second in the juniors competition.
James Bartlett, who was up against world champions Australia in Formula Two, finished sixth, helping Britain to second place in the overall standings, and said the results were better than anyone expected.
Mr Bartlett said: “It was absolutely amazing and everybody really enjoyed it.
“It was really great to experience and to meet some waterski racers that I admire and look up to.
“When we went, none of us went with any expectations, apart from finishing the races in one piece, so everybody is delighted with the final results, it has been one of the best for many years.
“Huge credit must also go to Tim Mayers who went out as a reserve team with Richard and Bradley and was dropped in at the last minute due to an injury on another team and they performed brilliantly.”
The six members from Lyme have been training five days a week since March in preparation for the tournament but Mr Bartlett said it was all worth it following the results.
Mr Bartlett added: “We started training in March and it was pretty tough because the water was so cold and the conditions were completely different to over there where it was so hot, but it has all been worth it.
“All six of us have been members at the powerboat club in Lyme for years now and I’d like to thank them because they have been incredibly supportive.”
Lyme Regis Powerboat club chairman Sean Budge, above, said: “We’re extremely proud of our members who took part in the championships, they’ve done Great Britain proud and also the club.
“The club has always had strong links to ski racing and we hope it continues so we can carry on producing world-class skiers like we have already.”
There is no rest for the water-skiers though, as they are due to head straight back into training through the winter as they prepare for the national and European championships which will take place next year.