CHAMPIONS: Sade and Molly Ferguson are heading to Spain to represent Australia.
CHAMPIONS: Sade and Molly Ferguson are heading to Spain to represent Australia. Joshua Macree

Sisters making waves

WATER SKIING: Molly and Sade Ferguson are gearing up to represent their country at the World Junior Waterski Championships in Sesena, Spain.

With their native town of Roma at their backs, the girls are applying the finishing touches to their preparations before joining four other athletes who will make up the Australian contingent.

Molly and Sade regularly have to balance school commitments with a tough training regime, but Molly says it's something she's slowly getting used to.

"It is quite hard, but you just have to take the work from school away with you and just manage it - I'm keeping on top of it which is good.”

Molly and Sade will be facing strong competition against athletes from countries such as New Zealand, Japan and the United States, with a cool head often prevailing in a tough sport, as Molly explains.

"Waterskiing consists of a lot of mental preparation - as an athlete you know what you can do, but the conditions can change on the water,” she said.

"In the slalom event, for example, if you think about turning, instead of instinctively turning, you could put yourself down course and lose valuable time.”

The Ferguson family has a strong waterskiing heritage with brother, Fletcher, also having worn the green and gold in a number of disciplines.

As they head to Europe, Molly and Sade will be sponsored by the Roma Schoolboys Rugby League supporters' association, with each girl receiving $500 towards travel expenses.


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