The Australian Team of Joshua Briant, Patrick Crisp, Harrison Harber, Sarah Lochner, Trent Nelson-Cranfield and Jessica Schmidt have returned from a very successful 2016 World University Waterski Championships in Akita Japan.
The event held at the Waterski site at Ogata Village in Akita, Japan, produced thrilling competition by some of the best three event Tournament Water Skiers in the World. The quality of the competition, the high standard of the IWWF officials (including Australian Chief Boat Driver Shane Coulter), the technical support and the official Nautique tow boats created a first class Tournament that really could have been on par with an Open Worlds Competition.
Australia's most successful athlete, Joshua Briant, bringing home one gold medal (tricks), silver (jump) and overall silver for the men's competition was encouraged and motivated by the high level of competition at the event.
"The competition at this event was of an extremely high calibre which forced me to do my very best!
I am extremely happy with taking home the gold medal in the tricks event. Conditions were a little challenging in the jump competition, but I am pleased with my performance and am satisfied with a silver medal.
While my slalom did not go to plan and impacted on my overall score, I am still happy to have earned the overall silver medal," said Briant.
With notable performances by the entire Australian team and a personal best to Patrick Crisp in the men's slalom event, the team were very quick to praise the organisers and thankful for the opportunity to represent their country.
"Japan put on a great event and I am thankful for the opportunity to have skied against so many other students from around the world," finished Briant.