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Facebook live water ski nationals event created after cancellation 2020 nationals

Lucy Christie at the 2019 Nautilus Marine Insurance Australian Water Ski Championships in Moree.
Lucy Christie at the 2019 Nautilus Marine Insurance Australian Water Ski Championships in Moree.

With the Water Ski Nationals one of many sporting events across the country cancelled, two skiers have come up with a creative idea to make sure some form of competition will go ahead.

Moree's Angus Croft came up with an idea along with current slalom world champion Joel Howley, to host a Facebook Water Ski Nationals competition.

The event is open to any skiers, who can live stream their ski on Facebook over the Easter weekend, when the nationals was set to be held.

"I was just up skiing with him (Howley) the other day and we were just talking about how the nationals was going to get cancelled," Croft said.

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"One conversation led to another, we ended up with this idea that we could get everyone to live stream them skiing."

Croft and Howley started a Facebook event, which has already gained a lot of traction in less than a week.

"We've got about 250 people that already said they're interested or going," Croft said.

"We've actually been pretty overwhelmed with the interest we've had. We've even had a couple of companies approach us for sponsorship.

"In the end, it's not an official national event, but we're still getting trophies made up for it, try and make it as legitimate as we can while just being a little bit of fun."

The event is open to anyone but will still be run in the normal age groups that would make up nationals.

"We've just made a few custom rules to make sure there's a bit of legitimacy being people's scoring that they've been scored," Croft said.

"They have to do it live, there's got to be footage of the speed of the boat and timing of the course.

"Just the standard rules of a normal tournament and getting them to put it on the camera.

"They have over the three days over Easter to go live, then share the link on the page to enter."

Croft said he's "shocked" with how quickly the event took off, and is hoping it might gain some extra coverage with all other sport cancelled.

"We had no real goal for how big it would get, just let it go and see what happens," Croft said.

"No other sport is happening, so let's make sure we can still do something, make it competitive but a bit of fun at the same time."