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