Kirk Porter and daughter Jordan, 9, are looking forward to the Gladstone Ski and Barefoot Club's come and try ski day.
Kirk Porter and daughter Jordan, 9, are looking forward to the Gladstone Ski and Barefoot Club's come and try ski day. Mike Richards

I spy skiing fun! Make a splash at club's come and try day

SKIING is a delight and local lovers of the sport would love to share that delight with you.

The Gladstone Ski and Barefoot Club will hold a come and try day on Sunday.

President Kirk Porter, with help from his daughter Jordan, 9, said the sport was fun and not just thrill-seekers.

"My wife and I have been a member of Gladstone Ski and Barefoot Club since 1997," he said.

"We have both been skiing since we were kids."

Mr Porter said the best thing about skiing was: "The sensation of skimming across the water & the camaraderie of the other skiers."

He urged anyone who wanted to try skiing but had nerves to give it a go.

"Our come and try day would be the perfect place to overcome your fears," Mr Porter said.

"Come out and have a ride in the boats and see for yourself up close what it is really like."

He said the sport was safe.

"There is an element of risk in all sports," Mr Porter said.

"We do everything we can to reduce those risks."

There are 31 members in the club and Mr Porter expected more to join up.

"I was involved with last weekend's kart club come and try and we got inundated," he said.

Mr Porter said you potential skiers did not need a boat and should take swimmers and a towel to the event.

He said jackets and other equipment would be provided.

"We plan to have an array of equipment to try ranging from kneeboards to skis," Mr Porter said.

"The water and wind will unfortunately play its part in deciding what will be appropriate for the day.

The event will be held from the main boat ramp at Awonga Dam from 10am to 2pm on Sunday.



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