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Local wakeboarder thrilled to compete in national championship

Cranbrook’s Colden Thompson practicing for the Canadian National Wakeboard Championships this weekend in Bala, Ontario. - Photo submitted
Cranbrook’s Colden Thompson practicing for the Canadian National Wakeboard Championships this weekend in Bala, Ontario.
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Cranbrook will be represented on the national stage next week as wakeboarder Colden Thompson makes his debut at the Canadian National Wakeboard Championships.

The 17-year old, who rides as part of the Waterski and Wakeboard Association of Alberta (WSWA) has been competing for just one year and has finished in the top three in every event he has participated in.

“This is a huge opportunity,” says Thompson. “Aside from the honour of representing Cranbrook and the Waterski and Wakeboard Assocation of Alberta, going to Nationals will give me the chance to learn more about the sport and to ride with - and learn from - the most talented riders in the Country.”

For a small town teenager, who is self-taught, this is a huge opportunity.  “With Colden being fairly new to competing, this is truly a development opportunity for his future,” says his father, Dwayne Thompson.

The Canadian National Wakeboard Championships will be held August 14-17 at Bush’s Watersports Park in Bala, Ontario.

The wakeboarder has been training all summer and will head right back into competition upon his return from Nationals as he participates in the WSWA Provincials the following weekend at Alix Lake near Red Deer, Alberta.

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