Wagga mother and son Cherie and Joel Buck win national water ski titles

RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Cherie Buck with 12-year-old son
Joel, who have both claimed Australian titles and are off
to world championships overseas. Picture: Les Smith
RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Cherie Buck with 12-year-old son Joel, who have both claimed Australian titles and are off to world championships overseas. Picture: Les Smith

Qualifying for a world championships is an extraordinary feat but even more incredible when it happens to two members of the one family.

Wagga mother and son Cherie and Joel Buck have a busy winter of training ahead after both were selected in their respective Australian water ski teams.

Cherie booked her ticket to a second world championships when taking all before her at the Australian titles in Queensland recently.

Not to be outdone, her 12-year-old son Joel captured an Australian title at the National Barefoot Water Ski Titles in Adelaide.

It was a performance that selectors could not resist as they picked him as the youngest member of the Australian junior barefoot team to compete at the Junior World Titles in Canada.

Joel will make his first overseas trip to compete in July, before Cherie will travel to Chile as part of the over 35s Australian team in November.

"It's going to be a busy year for the Bucks," Cherie said.

"After the nationals, we have been straight back into training."

For Joel, who has been skiing since he was three and was barefooting by seven, he was over the moon when he found out about his selection.

"It was pretty exciting, it was awesome," Joel said.

"I was hoping to make it but I wasn't really sure."

Joel shows off the trophy he won, alongside mother Cherie.

Joel shows off the trophy he won, alongside mother Cherie.

Joel, a year seven student at Mater Dei Catholic College, won all of his events plus the overall Australian title in his age division.

He gets to attend a training camp at Gold Coast before he then heads to Canada at the end of July.

"I'm looking forward to meeting everybody from overseas," he said.

Cherie also won all of her events and the overall title in the over 45 women's division at the Australian titles.

She will attend her second world championships after competing in Spain in 2016.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Cherie said.

"I was very, very nervous last time, being my first international competition and because I was injured I wasn't in my best form.

“So I'll go into the worlds a lot more confident this time, because I'm injury free and hopefully the nerves won't be as bad."

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