Grafton water skier Bryce Jones (nearest shore line) and Brisbane?s Jacob Ross competing at the Southern Cross 80 at Echuca.
Grafton water skier Bryce Jones (nearest shore line) and Brisbane?s Jacob Ross competing at the Southern Cross 80 at Echuca.

Skiers set their sights on Australian team selection

By TONY WHITE

KYLEE Jones and younger brother Bryce have powered to impressive performances at the NSW Water Ski Titles and are now hoping to qualify for the Australian team for the World Titles in New Zealand next May.

Kylee, 20, finished first in the social women's event at the NSW Titles at Wisemans Ferry being towed by Stinger, and first in the Under-30 women behind Idle Wild.

The former Grafton skier, now based at Forestville in Sydney, also finished runner-up in the open women's section.

Grafton High student Bryce Jones, 15, finished third in the boys' Under-16 event behind Idle Wild.

The pair's impressive performance followed placings at the Australian Titles at Jindabyne in January.

Kylee was second in the social women's and third in the open women's and Bryce third in the boys' Under-16.

The Jones brother-sister combination and Grafton's Mark Stephenson and Jason Powell will all take part in a major water ski event at Mildura, Victoria, over the Easter long weekend.

Bryce will ski behind American boat Southern Force, Kylee behind Hawkeye with an American skier, Stephenson behind Gold Coast boat Buzz You and Powell as an observer in Sydney boats Mojo and Too Hard.

Selection in the Australian team for the World Titles will be decided over a six-race series beginning in December. To make the team Bryce must finish in the top two junior boys and Kylee in the top three open women's events over the series.



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