WARRNAMBOOL’S Martin brothers are ready to take on water-skiing’s best.
The pair will represent Australia at the same time but in different disciplines in different countries.
Tim has earned a spot at the Asian and Oceanian Water Ski Championships in Perth in slalom and jump and older brother Glen will be the competition’s chief boat driver at the World 35 Plus Water Ski Championships in Florida. Both events run from October 8 to 12.
Tim, who received a late call-up to the Australian team, said it was an honour to represent his country.
“It is the second team I have made,” he said.
“The first was in 2010 and it was an under 21 team, whereas this is the first open team I have made. They announced the team at the end of the national championships at Easter and I just missed out and through injury a position became available and I was next in line.
“To be able to represent Australia is a pretty big deal.
“Ryan Green is one of the all-time greatest Australian water-skiers and to be skiing on the same team as him is a massive privilege.”
The Koroit defender will now juggle football training — the Saints are eyeing back-to-back grand final berths — and preparation for his Australian water-skiing commitments over the next two months.
He expects it to be a hectic schedule. “Any spare minute I can get, if weather permits, I will try and be on the water and will try and find the time after football season,” Tim said.
“We (Koroit) have second spot wrapped up and hopefully we’re going to plan to make the grand final and there is not too long in between that and going to Perth. I am in a little bit of an unknown place at the moment, having never competed in this tournament before.
“I’ll give it my best.”
Tim said Glen was a rising star in the driving ranks.
“It’s the same job he had two years ago,” he said.
“He did a sensational job and got the job again this year.”