Army Wakeboarding and Waterskiing Association have seen excellent improvements this year. Their participation levels at grass roots level have doubled from last year. There has been a lot of investment into providing opportunities to get soldiers onto water and the sports have never been so popular. This increased interest has been great for the sport and has driven up the standard across the board. As a result of this heightened standard the Army Team knocked the RAF off their winning streak at the Inter Service Wakeboard and Waterskiing Competition.
The biggest improvement over the year has been in the waterskiing which, under the stewardship of Lieutenant Tom Chinnery, has seen huge growth in both the Men’s and the Ladies teams. Tom has big plans to double down on this year’s success in 2020 starting with an overseas tour in the Spring to Xtreme Gene in Spain. This year’s season culminated in the Army taking the top spots in ladies and mens categories at the Inter-Service Championships with Captain Charlie Thompson winning the Men’s Slalom and Second Lieutenant Katie Vincent winning the Ladies Slalom.
The sport is going from strength to strength in 2019 and an overseas cable training camp in Lithuania in the Summer set the Army Team up perfectly to dominate heavily against the RAF and the Navy at the Inter-Service Competition, taking all three podium positions in the ladies and mens cable competition. This was the culmination of a year of hard work on both cable and boat which has driven real improvement in both disciplines. Over the course of the year we have competed in competitions across the world and the country. Staff Sergeant Dale Crossley has flown the flag for the Army: winning the UK Masters Cable National Championships; coming third in the UK Masters Boat National Championships and them Coming Second in the European Masters Cable Championships.