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Grant's dreams take big jumps

Winnipegger taking aim at world titles

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Taryn Grant has some pretty big dreams, and one of those includes a trip to Italy this August to compete at the junior world water ski championships. On the world ranking list she is currently 7th in slalom, 8th in jump and 11th overall.The 15-year-old Winnipegger's chances of getting there would appear pretty good, especially since she was recently named by Water Ski Wakeboard Canada as the 2009 Junior Skier of the Year.

"I wasn't expecting it," she confessed, adding she didn't even realize she was in the running. "I hadn't really thought about it, but I guess when I think back, I am one of the top skiers, and would be in the running."

Grant competes in slalom, jump and trick events. Last year at the Western Canadian championships she won three gold medals and took first place overall. At the junior world championships in Peru last January, she placed ninth in jump.

Last fall, she competed at three tournaments in Florida where she improved on all her scores. She increased her jump distance by almost two metres, improved her slalom score by a full pass, skiing into the 12-metre line length (four buoys at 12 metres), and improved her trick score by 600 points. Currently she is ranked first in jump, second in slalom and first overall in Canada in the junior women division (under 17).

Part of her training program this year includes another trip to Florida at the end of March. "I'm going to train there, actually skiing, and will also go to a couple of tournaments to get scores to qualify for the junior team."

When she competes down south, Grant says she's really competing within a competition, and doesn't concern herself with what the other competitors are doing. I'm not really competing against other people," she explained. "I'm more competing against myself, to improve and get better scores that will count to make the junior team. That's always the goal, to improve all of my scores."

Still, she says there are times when it is a tantalizing temptation to go after someone. "For sure, I do that, but I just think to myself, and I know what I need to do, my goal to go out there and ski as well as I can ski."

allan.besson@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 5, 2010 C6

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