More than 100 children, women and men from all over the UK took part in this year’s 2023 British National Waterski Championships, which saw several participants hail from Buckinghamshire.

In all, 11 people from the county entered the four-day event in Oxford at the end of last month.

Bucks Free Press: Siblings Issy, Lara and James Cosgrove from Chalfont St Peter at the event in AugustSiblings Issy, Lara and James Cosgrove from Chalfont St Peter at the event in August (Image: James Elliott)

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It’s the third successive year that the nationals have been held in the Thames Valley, and, the skiers' ages range from nine years old to 77 years old.

So who from Buckinghamshire took part?

Jane Peel & James Timothy

The couple from Little Chalfont both competed in slalom only and achieved their best finishes in the British Nationals.   

Bucks Free Press: Jane Peel, 62, was one of the oldest people at the eventJane Peel, 62, was one of the oldest people at the event (Image: British Water Ski & Wakeboard)

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James, 67, won the bronze in the men’s over 65 category whilst Jane, 62, came fourth in the women’s 55 section.

Lilli Deste

Lilli, 18, who hails from Amersham won silver in both tricks and jump in the women’s under 21 category and was fifth in the slalom. 

She also finished third in the open women's jump, fifth in the open women’s tricks, eighth in the open women's slalom and fourth in the women’s open.

Rowan Thomas

The 23-year-old from Chalfont St Giles competed in open men's slalom and finished 14th.

Bucks Free Press: Rowan Thomas in actionRowan Thomas in action (Image: British Water Ski & Wakeboard)

Calum Heath and Sophie Bates

The 27-year-old plumber from Chesham, who is regarded as one of GB’s best slalom water skiers, won a silver medal in the open men's slalom.

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His partner, Sophie Bates, finished 10th in the slalom open women’s category.

Dave Jenkins & Lucy Carter

The couple from High Wycombe are both situated at the town’s RAF base.

Lucy was ninth in open women's slalom and Jenks was 15th in open men's slalom.

The Cosgroves

The youngest competitor was Lara Cosgrove, aged nine, from Chalfont St Peter. 

She won gold medals in the U10 Girls category in both events in which she competed - slalom and tricks.

Her older brother, James, won the silver medal in under-14 boys' slalom and was fourth in tricks.  

Bucks Free Press: James Cosgrove producing some tricksJames Cosgrove producing some tricks (Image: British Water Ski & Wakeboard)

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Their sister, Isabel, celebrated her 12th birthday during the competition as she won four British titles, taking gold in slalom, tricks, jump and overall in the Under 12 Girls. 

She also broke the British U12 Girls tricks record and the slalom record and got a personal best distance in the jump.