A young sportswomen from Sandilands is feeling ‘proud’ after becoming the first UK girl to reach the finals of the European Water Ski Championships in 10 years.
Teenager Brooke Beamond,14, recently took part in the cable water ski slalom at the championships which took place in Augustów, Poland.
Brooke, who attends Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Alford, competed in the under 15 girls slalom category and was thrilled to have reached the finals at the Europeans.
“I was really excited to compete in the European Championships this year and I didn’t expect to do as well as I did,” Brooke explains.
“I had hoped that I would reach the finals, but it was a shock when it did actually happen. Although reaching the finals was my main aim and I am so pleased that I got there.
“To end up finishing in fifth place overall made me feel so proud and it was amazing to get this far.
“Then to find out that I was the first UK girl to reach the final in over 10 years was just the icing on the cake for me.
“I am now really looking forward to competing in the European Championships again next year.”
Brooke started cable water skiing from the back of a boat at just five-years-old after being introduced to the sport by her father.
Her love for the water spiralled from there and now Brooke travels down to London every weekend to train at Liquid Leisure in Horton near Windsor.
“It does take a lot of time and dedication in this sport, but for right now I cannot imagine doing anything else.
“Cable water skiing is my life and I intend to compete for as long as I am able to,” Brooke added.
“I have to say a massive thank you to Marshall BMW in Grimsby for their sponsorship donation.
“And to everyone at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Alford for their continued support during my cable water ski career.”
Proud mum Paula commented on the pride she has following her daughter’s most recent achievement.
“I am so very proud of Brooke and the fifth place she achieved at the European Championships,” Paula said.
“Her talents are beyond belief and she never ceases to amaze me with the results she achieves.
“She has already competed in the national championships this year as well as a couple of club competitions at Liquid Leisure.
“Her season for competing is starting to calm down, but her dedication and commitment to the sport are showing no sign of slowing down.