BROMSGROVE water-skier Danielle Halford has received recognition on a national level, after being selected for Team GB’s under-14 water-skiing squad.
Halford, who received a grant back from the British Waterskiing Association back in January to help fund her training, has now consolidated that show of faith by making it to the Great Britain squad – and will compete throughout the 2019 Tournament season.
She has enjoyed a successful year to date, having broken into the top 20 in Europe for Slalom and Trick skiing, whilst learning a third discipline in the sport – in the form of Waterski Jumping.
It is rare to find water-skiers capable of participating in three disciplines at such an early age, but it may well have proved a persuading factor for the Team GB selectors.
She got her season off to a perfect start on a personal level, increasing her PB score in an event at Hazelwoods SkiWorld in Lincoln at the weekend, on the back of a two-week training camp in Florida.
There, she water-skied every day, and since her call up for Great Britain, has the chance to train with elite coaches to hone her ability.
The youngster first took up the sport on an activity holiday in Turkey, bringing the love for water-skiing back home with her and continuing to build in stature in her ability to water-ski.
Halford has called upon the expertise of personal trainers at David Lloyd Bromsgrove gym, working on her posture and core training, which she has continued throughout the winter months building up to her season start.
Speaking on her national call-up, Halford was unable to hide her joy.
“I was so excited to get the news that I had been selected for the British squad.
“I love waterskiing, it is my big passion, and I hope to travel to European competitions in the near future to represent Team GB.”
Danielle’s mother Alison said her call-up was fully deserved, and said: “We are hugely proud of Dani, it is down to her effort and determination and an ability to listen well to coaching that has got her to this amazing achievement.
“To be selected for the squad is an honour and we will do everything we can to support her in her goals.”