Champion Waterskier

x_waterskier2Local eighth grader Amanda Smith excels on the water – statewide, she’s currently ranked second in her division in slalom waterskiing. She ranks fourth in the Western Region and 20th in the country.

Her passion began as a young child riding an inner tube behind a ski boat. With her parents’ encouragement, she quickly progressed to her first slalom ski when she was eight years old. The sport requires strength, balance, and flexibility, as well as the dedication to work past wipeouts and setbacks. The challenge is part of the appeal for Amanda. “What I love about waterskiing is when I get a new personal best by completing the course at a higher speed than I’ve ever done,” Amanda shared. “I grew up watching amazing waterskiers, and they inspired me to ski my best in every tournament and practice!”

“It took a lot of talented coaches to help me get to where I am, and I look forward to coaching the young kids at the lake, to help them achieve their goals!”

Amanda competed in 12 sanctioned tournaments last year, as well as six tournaments with the San Diego Water Ski Club. “It took a lot of talented coaches to help me get to where I am, and I look forward to coaching the young kids at the lake, to help them achieve their goals!” she said.

Amanda works hard to maintain her high grades at Maranatha Christian Schools. She plays the flute and piccolo in the school band, and she loves art and spending time with animals. She also enjoys spending time skiing at her grandfather’s lake house in Newberry Springs.