16, given big send-off as he jets off to World Championships
A teenage water skier from Burnham-On-Sea is jetting off to Australia
this week to compete in the World Water Skiing Championships -
and he was given a big send-off by friends and family on Saturday
Duggan, 16, will be representing Great Britain in the under 17s
section of the prestigious competition in Brisbane.
friends, family and supporters gathered at Middlemoor Water Park
on Saturday night to wish him luck before he boards his plane.
qualification for the team is all the more remarkable because
he broke his leg in a water skiing accident in the Spring, putting
him out of action for six weeks.
both nervous and excited at the same time to be taking part,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
will be an honour to represent the country at such a big event
and I'm really looking forwards to it."
will be competing over four races on September 10th, 12th, 15th
and 17th and hope to do well."
those seeing him off on Saturday were the British Water Skiing
Federation's Tony Williams and Derek Blackmore, plus Mike Waterman,
President of the European section of the International Water Ski
and Wakeboard Federation.
members wishing Toby well included Steve and Julia Cox plus Burnham
trainer and family friend Steve Bird.
got their fingers crossed Toby does really well - he's had a difficult
year and deserves success," Steve told Burnham-On-Sea.com.