Round three of the Wakeboard Victoria Official Championships will be held in Deniliquin in January.
Competitors will be in Deniliquin from Friday, January 19, with the competition to be held on the Edward River on Saturday, January 20.
Deniliquin Boat Club Commodore Michael Byrne says the exciting event will attract some of Victoria’s best wakeboarders, including some with world titles.
He said a large number of spectators is also expected to attend.
As well as being a chance to showcase Deniliquin, the Edward River and the boat club, Mr Byrne says the economic benefit to flow from the weekend will be positive.
He said it could be the start of Deniliquin being chosen as a key water sports venue, with the Deniliquin Boat Club already in discussions with Barefoot Australia and Tournament Ski Australia regarding other events.
Wakeboard Victoria had originally planned to host a Deniliquin round for the first time last year, but Mother Nature got in the way.
‘‘The event was flooded out last year, so we’ve been working on this for almost two years,’’ Mr Byrne said.
‘‘The club put some feelers out looking for events to be held at our facilities, and Wakeboard Victoria contacted us and asked if they could host an event in Deniliquin.
‘‘It gives us an opportunity to showcase how our facility is suited to spectators.
‘‘To improve our facilities further, we have plans next year to redevelop the toilet block and for bank redevelopment. It’s all designed to make it easier for people of all abilities to use our facilities.’’
Mr Byrne said organisers and competitors associated with the Wakeboard Victoria Official Championships will also give back to the community while in Deniliquin, with plans for them to be on hand at the club’s weekly ski school on the afternoon before competition.
The teams from Malibu and MasterCraft will host a ‘come and try’ evening on the Friday, with demonstrations and experts from both teams providing guidance to local amateur skiers.
More demonstrations are expected on competition day, where some of the best wakeboarders from across Victoria and border NSW towns will be on show.
Competition divisions will cover all abilities, from rookie to pro.
Entertainment and catering will be provided for spectators, who will be able to enjoy one of the best vantage points on the river from the Boat Club’s grassed hill or clubhouse decking.