Geelong Waterskier Jacinta Carroll wins nail-biting Mandurah World Cup on third jump


The 21-year-old World Champion struggled to live up to her name in her first two jumps at the 2014 International Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup at Mandurah’s Action Sports Games on the weekend.


Expectations were high for Carroll after winning Melbourne’s Moomba Masters the week before and with jumps of 47.0m and 43.5m, Carroll sat in fourth place behind Natalia Berdnikava (BLR), Jutta Lami (FIN) and Lauren Morgan (USA).


A crowd of over 100,000 watched with baited breath as Carroll went for her third attempt, wowing everyone with a World Champion jump of 51.1m to take home gold at the first World Cup stop of 2014.


“I crumbled a bit under the pressure but thankfully I was able to get my nerves in tack,” said Carroll.


“It was so close, I could see the 50m buoy when I was coming down so I kept pressing, hoping to get that little bit further.


“I perform best when I’m having fun, which is what I did on the third one and it paid off.”


The annual Action Sports Games was held over the weekend of March 15 – 16 in Mandurah, Western Australia.