Teenager on fast track to success

GRAFTON skier Ryan Gorton, 14, beat his older opponents to claim the junior title at the Nev Wilson 2011 Ski Race at Tweed Heads recently.

Choppy conditions marred the East Coast Ski Classic Series event, but Gorton coped best, finishing first in the juniors with a time that was the fourth-fastest for the day.

So good was Gorton's effort that he eclipsed the times set by many in the unlimited inboard, unlimited outboard, women's, masters and 70mph classes.

Gorton skis behind Gettin Hectic, which is driven by his father, Lee Gorton, with Tony Campbell observing.

The Tweed race was the second event of the East Coast Series, which encompasses races from Bundaberg to Grafton.

On the opening day of the Tweed event, Gorton competed in the sub juniors (under-14 years) 45km race (three 15km laps) near Tumbulgum.

After claiming victory he backed up on the Sunday to race in the juniors (under-18) category.

It was a 60km race from the mouth of the river at Tweed upriver to Tumbulgum and return.

The boats leave two at a time, 30 seconds apart, and Ryan was boat 21 away out of 26 boats.

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