BORDER teenagers were flying on water skis at the weekend, with a little help from a world champion.
The young skiers at the Albury-Wodonga Water Ski Club were taught the tricks of jumping by world under-21 champion Jacinta Carroll.
Ms Carroll said young skiers did not get many opportunities to practise jumps at the state’s limited venues.
“You can’t have jumps on public waterways because clubs are liable if anything goes wrong,” she said.
“Albury is one of a few places that has a jump.”
The champion said she had concentrated her lesson on technique and how to land a good jump.
“First I want to show how to properly land because it is obviously important,” she said.
“Then I teach them how they can increase their distance.”
Club president David Godde said Ms Carroll’s coaching could help the Border produce ski champions.
“We’ve had a few great water skiers from here and we want to be able to get some more out there to win competitions,” he said.
“Jacinta is well respected because she is a good communicator and is known for what she has achieved.”
Ms Carroll said she enjoyed bringing her expertise to regional towns because she could help young people improve.
“I’ve received great coaching in my life so I just want to return it,” she said.