The Otago Southland Secondary Schools Water Ski Championships were held on Sunday 19th February, at Perkins Pond near Millers Flat.
This was the eighth year this event has been held and the fifth year as a joint Southland and Otago event. The event is focussed on water ski slalom in which skiers make their way through a course of six turns laid out with buoys, from speeds ranging from 37 km/h to 55 km/h for girls and 37 km/h to 58 km/h for boys.
The event was open to all students Year 9 and above enrolled at an Otago or Southland secondary school, and under 19 years of age as of 1st January 2017, in three age groups for both girls and boys. Skiers nominate whether they are able to ski the full championship course or the novice course.
Henry Power entered the full championship course and finished second in the Boys Under-16 category. In the Boy Under-16 Novice event, John McGlashan College had three entries. Mitchell Joint finished first, Angus McKenzie finished sixth and Sam Taylor finished eighth. These solid peformances from all four boys saw John McGlashan College take the Don Mackay Memorial Trophy for the top team.