Hancox leads way for BMC water-skiers

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Blue Mountain College came second overall at the 2018 Otago-Southland Secondary School Water Ski Champs.

Thirty-five pupils from 10 separate schools competed at the championships, which were held at Perkins Pond, near Millers Flat on Sunday.

Year 13 Blue Mountain College pupil Tom Hancox (17) won the under-18 boys championship with a score of 76.25, followed by fellow BMC pupil Jack Johnson (17).

Tom, who is also a member of the On Edge Waterski and Wakeboard Club at Perkins Pond, began water-skiing at the age of 8 while “on holiday”.

He took up competitive skiing five years ago and had competed in the Otago-Southland Secondary School Water Ski Championships multiple times before, he said.

Tom said he enjoyed skiing with his school mates as well as representing his school.

“There were 35 competitors and 10 of them were from Blue Mountain College,” he said.

“It was good fun. We did a few practices after school and that beforehand to get ready and we had a bit of fun doing that too,” he said.

“I like representing my school too. It’s about getting the name out there. There’s nothing better than a bit of friendly school competition.”

Overall, Tom said he just enjoyed competing in water-skiing as it was a passion of his.

“I like watching it and seeing how others do too.”

Blue Mountain College principal Lindy Cavanagh-Monaghan said she was extremely proud of the pupils who competed on Sunday.

“Despite the weather conditions being less than ideal, with very choppy water meaning a delayed start, all of our students exhibited true BMC grit and determination,” Ms Cavanagh-Monaghan said.

“I’m so proud of both their water-skiing prowess and their positive attitudes,” she said.

“Having very strong representation across the age groups and with both boys and girls competing was also a source of pride.”

John McGlashan College (JMC) took the top spot on the day with Blue Mountain College (BMC) close behind.

JMC won by only 10 points with a score of 163.00

BMC achieved 152.75 while St Peter’s College came third with a score of 94.50.