Three Canyon Lakers skiers, Kendra Nathan, Carol Brooks and Diana Sue Parker, are headed to Chile to compete in water ski competitions.
Kendra will be competing as a member of the U14 Team in the Pan American Water Ski Championships Nov. 12 through 18. Carol and Diana will be competing as independent athletes representing the USA in the 35+ Water Ski World Championships Nov. 26 through Dec. 2. Both competitions are held at the same site, Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile.
Fourteen-year-old Kendra Nathan will be competing in Chile against kids from around the world. Kendra is at the top of her game when it comes to skiing. She has participated in every Regional Championships since she started skiing and has been a medal winner each year.
Kendra started skiing at the young age of eight. The following year, Kendra competed at the Regional Championship where she placed first in Slalom, Trick and Overall. At the age of 10, Kendra repeated her performance at the Regional Championships and again won first place in Slalom, Trick and Overall. She went on to compete in the National Championships that year and won third in Slalom, fifth in Trick and second Overall. At the 2018 National Water Ski Championships, Kendra won first place in Slalom, Jump and Overall in the Girls 2 division.
Carol has been skiing in Canyon Lake for the past 20 years. She has won Slalom titles at two USA Nationals and four Western Regional Championships. At the 2016 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Carol qualified to ski in Slalom, Trick and Jump and earned a silver in Slalom. Carol said she has been training hard for the upcoming Water Ski World Championships in Chile and hopes to successfully represent Canyon Lake.
Diana has been training for nearly 30 years at the Jump Lagoon and Slalom Course at home in Canyon Lake. She will be competing in Jump, Trick and Slalom in Chile. This will be her third time competing in the Water Ski World Championships.
In 2016, Diana competed in Toledo, Spain, where she qualified in Jump and Trick. She brought home the bronze in Jump. In 2012, Diana competed in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she earned a bronze medal with a 96-foot jump. At the 1996 Pan American Water Ski Championships, she brought home a silver in Slalom, Jump and Overall. She holds the W5 Rocky Mountain Jump record and has many National and Regional gold, silver and bronze medals and titles.
Former long-time Canyon Lake resident Brandy Nagle also is competing in Chile. Brandy will be competing as a member of the U.S. Over 35 Water Ski Team in the Pan American Water Ski Championships and in the 35+ Water Ski World Championships. Brandy grew up skiing in Canyon Lake and is now a doctor living in Northern California. Her parents Tom and Wilma Nagle still reside in Canyon Lake.