Sandilands teen aims high at European championships

Brooke Beamond. EMN-141009-133039001
Brooke Beamond. EMN-141009-133039001

A teenager from Sandilands will be taking her cable skiing skills to Germany next week after qualifying to take part in the European Championships.

Brooke Beamond, 13, who attends Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Alford, took part in the National Waterskiing Championships in London last autumn where she achieved the top spot in her under 15s age group and second place overall in the open women’s category.

Brooke first tried her hand at waterskiing at the age of five in Covenham Reservoir, after her dad Andy - a keen amateur waterskier - encouraged her to give it a try.

She fell in love with the sport and has been waterskiing ever since, taking part in cable ski practice sessions at the Skegness Water Leisure Park - one of only two cable ski slalom venues in the country.

Unlike traditional waterskiing, which involves being pulled behind a boat, cable skiing involves the rider being pulled by an electrically-driven cable that runs above the water.

Cable skiers are able to achieve higher speeds as a result, and Brooke achieved a new personal best at the national championships by managing to slalom around three buoys at 43 kilometres per hour.

Following her national success, Brooke was invited by the official British Waterski team to represent her country at the upcoming European Water Ski Championships, which take place in Dankern, Germany, between September 17-20.

Brooke said: “I’m feeling quite nervous, but I’m excited as well. I’m just hoping not to come last.”

Brooke’s mum, Paula, added: “Slalom is a lot bigger in Europe than it is here, so there’s normally quite a few competitors.”

“Brooke’s training is going really well at the minute, and she’s running personal bests now.

“She is in the under 15s category and she’s only 13, so we’re sure there are going to be a lot of fantastic skiers there.

“But she’s doing well, and hopefully she should come mid-table at least.”

If Brooke achieves success at the European Championships, then there is a chance for her to take part in the World Championships, which will also take place in Dankern, between September 24-27.

Only Brooke and one other slalom cable skier from the Skegness area were invited to be part of the British Waterski team, with all the other teammates based at Liquid Leisure in London.

Looking ahead to the future, Brooke said: “I just want to carry on doing it really”, and added that the dream would be to take part in the Olympics if the cable ski slalom is one day added as an Olympic event.

Paula added: “It would be nice if the event got into the Olympics really. It just doesn’t get the recognition that it needs.”

Brooke said: “I would like to thank my mum, dad, and all of my friends for supporting me. I feel really proud to have been given this opportunity at this age.”

Paula added: “Me and my husband are just the proudest parents in the world, and we always go and watch Brooke from the side when she’s competing.”

• Brooke would like to thank the following local sponsors for their support: Croudace Care, Wilkin Chapman Grange, JHA Winter & Son, Choice Properties, MG Plumbing and Heating, Beamond Rentals, and Marshall BMW. Brooke would also like to thank Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for allowing her time off to enter competitions.