Leech awaits selections
It’s been an amazing water skiing season of accomplishments for Frances Kelsey student Jed Leech.
And he’s not done yet with 2012.
The junior world team heading to Australia will be announced Nov. 1. It’s down to five candidates to pick four.
“I’ll at least be a spare,’’ Leech said.
He has already represented Canada in back-to-back events, including the Pan-Am championships in Florida.
“It was a really nice place and I got to compete against all the kids in North and South America so it was really cool,’’ Leech said.
He performed well against the elite competition with a ninth place overall in the Under 17 division. Considering his age, that was a promising result.
“I’ve got another year in that,’’ he said.
Previous to that, Leech went to St. Louis for a Can-Am competition. He placed first in jumping there.
“We were really close,’’ said Leech. “We were a few overall points out of winning that.’’
The nationals in Calgary brought a first overall for two-event skiing in his category for the second year in a row. He was first in tricks and jump and fourth in slalom.
The Western Canadians in Winnipeg were another great meet for Leech with firsts across the board in slalom, tricks and jumping. He recorded a personal best jump of 154 feet.
The serious competitive season began with a trip to Williams Lake for the provincials where Leech managed a first in slalom and jump and second in tricks for first overall in three-events.
On top of everything else, Leech was selected for a Future Leader Award.
“I definitely had more experience pressure-wise when I was in finals,’’ said Leech.
“I was way more calm this year which definitely helped. It was definitely more of a maturity thing.’’