MAKING A SPLASH: World Under-9 water ski champion Mackenzie McCarthy wowed the crowds.
MAKING A SPLASH: World Under-9 water ski champion Mackenzie McCarthy wowed the crowds. Samantha Elley

Young champion wows festival

JUST back from the United States after picking up a world title for water skiing, Mackenzie McCarthy was wowing the crowds at the Woodburn Riverside Festival on Saturday with her skills on the Richmond River.

The 10 year-old from the Gold Coast also holds two Queensland titles and two National titles, along with 'heaps of general awards'.

"I want to try and get better and go and win it all again in the 10-14 years," she said.

Nick Crisp, Australian junior water-ski champ flips over Georgia Sellings on the Richmond River. Photo Samantha Elley / Northern Star
Nick Crisp, Australian junior water-ski champ flips over Georgia Sellings on the Richmond River. Photo Samantha Elley / Northern Star Samantha Elley

There were some great displays from other champion water skiers as well as some locals from the Northern Rivers Water Ski Club based in Woodburn.

SPARKLING: Fireworks on Woodburn Bridge. The finale to a great day.
SPARKLING: Fireworks on Woodburn Bridge. The finale to a great day. Samantha Elley

The festival also had the annual battle of the councils where Richmond Valley won the canoe race on a technicality, but Lismore edged them out of the 'carry the sugar cane juice' sack race.

The day was filled with plenty of river-based activities, including a biathlon for adults and Under-16s.

Winner of the adult race was last year's champion Hamish McKendrick, of Evans Head, and winner of the Under-16s was Emily McLean, 15, of Coraki, with a big second place finish for young Sam Ticknor, 10, of Evans Head.

Coordinator Pam Bellingham said the theme for this year's festival was the sugar cane industry and there was a great display of artwork by local school children, including a model of the sugar mill at Broadwater. Historical displays were also set up in the community hall.

The day ended with a spectacular fireworks display off Woodburn Bridge at 8pm.

 

Biathlon participants prepare for their race.
Biathlon participants prepare for their race. Samantha Elley


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