WMSki ace helps Britain to runner-up spot
8:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
JAMES HARRINGTON has returned from the Cable Wakeboard Europe and Africa Championships in Fagersta, Sweden, with two silver medals.
Nineteen-year-old Harrington finished runner-up behind Marcel Tilwitz of Germany in the Junior Men’s Wakeskate Final.
He also helped Team GB to take the silver medal in the team competition which featured 18 countries, and was also won by the Germans.
Harrington, a former Rendcomb College and Cirencester College student from Haydon Wick near Swindon, trains at WMSki in South Cerney.
Clubmate Steph Caller just missed out on an individual medal when finishing fourth in the Open Ladies Wakeboard Final.
Harry Eames, another WMSki athlete, failed to make the final phase of the competition when crashing out in the semi-finals. Harrington’s passage to the podium was not without its problems either.
“I crashed in the opening run and so there was a lot of pressure on me for the second and final run,” said James.
“Basically, I went all out with all my hardest tricks and they came off.
“I have been going to these championships for the past three years and this is my best placing. I was more focused and confident this year.”
Harrington is now a full-time wakeskater, earning a living through sponsorship and prize money.
Next on his agenda is the Wake Park World Championships at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Abu Dhabi from October 9-11.
Then, rather than breaking the ice at South Cerney, British champion James hopes to spend most of the winter training with other world class wakeskaters at Orlando in Florida and in the Phillipines before the European season gets going again in 2014.