Welcome to Disabled Water Ski Australia

This site provides information on water skiing for people with physical disabilities & vision impairments. Disabled Water Ski Australia (DWSA - a Division of Australian Water Ski & Wakeboard Australia), provides sporting opportunities for people with disabilities. Athletes can compete in their own category, and/or against able-bodied athletes. Most skiers with a disability, ski in mainstream three-event tournaments (i.e. slalom, trick, and jump). These include State and National Titles. DWSA also sends a National Team to the World Disabled Water Skiing Championships that are held every two years. Skiers who compete in the above water skiing competitions, have a range of disabilities including arm/leg amputees, paraplegia, quadriplegia, blindness and vision impairment. Each State Division also run Come & Try days especially for people who want to learn how to ski. Coaching and advice on adaptive equipment is also available. Water skiing is for everybody, and everybody can do it!

Skier Profiles
BELINDA SIDMAN

BELINDA SIDMAN

Belinda was injured in a car accident when she was 16, the other 2 people in the car died and she was left with significant injuries, including a right leg amputation. Belinda is now married with 2 children. Not one to sit back and watch Belinda started skiing with friends using a Sit Ski. Thereafter she was able to progress really quickly to become a competent skier and competed at her first Nationals in 2008. Belinda loves skiing and through hard work and training has developed her skills to compete at a high level and she still enjoys social skiing with her family. She is one of the few women in the world to ski the outer course on a sit ski and has represented Australia at every World Championship since 2011. Belinda has also been involved in horse riding for people with disabilities. She competed in Dressage and enjoys trail riding with friends on her own horse. Belinda also enjoys riding her Honda XR80 motor bike with family & friends. Belinda works as a registered nurse.

SCOTT WINTLE

SCOTT WINTLE

Scott became a paraplegic in April 1996 after a motorcycle accident in Switzerland whilst backpacking through Europe. Being a keen windsurfer before the accident, Scott kept his interest in water sports and became involved in water skiing through a ‘Come & Try’ day organised by Sporting Wheelies. Scott competed in his first Nationals in 2001 and later went on to represent Australia at the World Championships in 2001. He is the co-holder of the Australian Jump record (20.9 metres) and won the Trick event at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships. He was also World Jump Champion in the seated category at the 2013, 2015 and 2017 World Championships. Scott competes in the WaterskiQLD series with his able-bodied peers and has also represented Australia in Wheelchair Basketball in 2006. He works full-time as a graphic designer and has designed promotional material/logos and sponsorship documents (including this website).

JASON SLEEP

JASON SLEEP

Jason was injured in a quad bike accident, hitting a tree and is now a paraplegic. He was a keen competition water skier prior to his accident and coming from a water skiing family, Jason’s sister was an Australian Slalom Champion, it is understandable that he continues to ski. Jason loves skiing and he says it makes him feel normal and enjoys being out of his wheelchair. Jason lives at Kangaroo Flat in Victoria so that he could train every day.at Bridgewater. Jason’s wife and 2 daughters also ski with him and are very supportive. Jason is committed to the sport and spends a lot of his time training new skiers from around Australia. Jason competes in able-bodied tournaments in Victoria. Jason is sponsored by the National Bank and Skin, Ski & Surf. Jason was World Champion in the MP2 Slalom event at the World Championships in Townsville, 2007 and Bronze Medallist in Slalom at the 2015 World Championships in the USA where was running the outer course. In a stunning improvement he won gold in both slalom trick at the 2017 World Championships held in Australia. To put a feather in his cap he recently set a new world trick record in tricks.

JASON HILLS

JASON HILLS

Jason suffered spinal injuries in a truck accident which left him a paraplegic. Jason is a hard worker and by not letting his injuries get in the way of life, Jason attended a Come n Try day in 2007 which gives people with physical disabilities the opportunity to learn to water ski where he met new friends and developed new skills which enabled him to become competitive and he hasn’t looked back. He represented Australia at the 2013 World Disabled Water Ski Championships, winning a Team Bronze Medal. Jason competes in all 3 categories (slalom, trick & jump). You only have to see the smile on Jason’s face when he’s returning to the dock to see just how much he loves skiing. Jason is continually improving because of the time he spends on the water over the warmer months and he really enjoys the social aspect that comes with water skiing. He was a member of the Gold Medal winning Australian Team Competing at the 2017 Worlds in Australia where he contributed valuable points in the jump event. Jason also competes in Western Pleasure on his quarter horse which also gives him the opportunity to travel within NSW.

WILL KELLY

WILL KELLY

Will was involved in a car accident in 2008 which left him a paraplegic and since then took up water skiing to return to skiing with his friends, once back on the water his competitive streak kicked in. Will has been skiing for Australia since the 2015 World Championships, at the 2017 World Championships he placed 2nd in the trick event. Will trains at the Bridgewater Water Ski Club and hopes to be competitive for a long time to come.

DARRYL HOYLE

DARRYL HOYLE

Darryl was born with a deformity of the legs and feet. Although mobile to some degree he still needs the assistance of a wheel chair for many activities. He started water skiing in January 2001 and within a very short time was selected in the Australian Team to compete in the 2001 World Championships held at Melton, Victoria where he won a bronze medal in jump and 5th overall. At the 2005 Worlds in Belgium he won gold in jump. Darryl was the Assistant Coach of the Australian Team at the Worlds in Townsville in 2007. He also broke a long standing World Record in the Jump event, breaking it again in 2011. Darryl has represented Australia at every World Championship since 2001 but alas has recently announced his retirement from competitive skiing. He leaves behind a legacy which others will be hard pressed to follow.