Waterski champion in waiting
TWELVE months into his waterskiing career, Dean Schache is frank about his ambitions.
“I’d like one day to become Australian champion – that would be great,” he says.
Tomorrow the 14-year-old will take the first steps towards that dream when he enters the National Waterski Titles in Perth.
Schache competes both Thursday and Sunday in the event, which sees juniors reach speeds of up to 55km/hr being towed from the back of a boat.
The Grafton local takes on around 30 rivals in the under-14 boys’ division.
After a 10th-place showing in his debut competition 12 months ago, he dreams of going even better in the 2010 version.
“I was pretty happy (last year). If I get in the top-five this time I’d take that,” Schache says.
“When we first started it was just for fun and now I take it a bit more serious although it’s still great fun it’s also a mental challenge.”
Schache hones his craft at the North Coast Water Sports but a chance trip south was where it all began.
Since then he has let the fun begin – not that all his friends can understand it.
“I went to Stoney Park in Port Macquarie with a few friends and thought I’d enter in a few tournaments,” he says.
“It takes a bit of hard work but I’d like to think that I also have a fair bit of natural talent.
“They (my friends) are all doing team sports like football and I’m doing an individual sport but it’s what I love.”
Schache’s life on the water has been met with some hair-raising moments, most of which have been at the expense of his parents’ nerves.
“The scariest part is probably when we crash,” he says.
“I had a crash in August last year and broke both my ankles.
“They (my parents) are both really supportive. It can be pretty scary for them though.”
Schache thanks Fraser at North Coast Water Sports for his development.
"I’d like one day to become Australian champion - that would be great."