Friday 24 November 2017

Waterski champion Sarah Teelow dies after falling in high-speed river race

Sarah Teelow
Sarah Teelow

Leading Australian waterskier Sarah Teelow has died following a crash during an endurance race on the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney.

Police said the 20-year-old fell off her skis soon after the start of the high-speed 75-mile (121km) Bridge-to-Bridge race on Sunday.

She was airlifted to Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition with spinal and head injuries but died late yesterday.

Teelow was the daughter of two-times world waterski champion Tania Teelow and had recently returned from the World Waterski Racing Championships in Spain, where she won the Formula 2 category.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that Teelow was the seventh waterskier to die in an accident in Australia in the last five years.

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