For the women, nothing was really predictable this year for two reasons. The highly talented Standing Ladies competitor Claire Ellis (GBR) could not enter and this opened up the Overall contest. On the other hand, France’s international star, Delphine Le Sausse (FRA) returned having missed the 2015 event and certainly made her mark. In taking the titles this time in Seated Ladies Slalom, Tricks, and 3rd in Jump, she truly deserved that 2017 Overall title.
One of the many highlights was the setting of two new World Records – both for Jump. Scott Wintle (AUS) in the MP2 Seated Men category and Ashley Baerg (CAN) in MP5 Seated Ladies, both created a sensation on the Jump Ramp. Those new World Records will now go to the IWWF for ratification.
Congratulations also to the other new World Champions. In Seated Men Slalom and Tricks, Jason Sleep (AUS), Seated Men Overall Derek Vanderbom (AUS), Elisabeth Dot Bergh (NOR) in Standing Ladies Slalom, and Craig Timm (USA) Standing Men Tricks and Jump.
Chief Judge Bill Bowness (USA) and Organiser Noel Dix (AUS) brought their lifetime experience to the event and it showed in the smooth running throughout. Boat drivers Shane Coulter (AUS) and Will Bush (USA) ensured that the Nautique 200 boat delivered perfect performances throughout the week and helped to deliver yet another two World Records to over 200 already to their credit.