ARCHIE Davis tries not to think about how he can tighten his current grip as the best under-21 waterskier in Australia.
He just focuses on getting out on the water and doing the little things right. The rest looks after itself.
Sounds simple enough, but that doesn’t mean he is any less competitive while at training. Instead, he prefers to focus on the controllables.
“I try not to think about it too much because the more you think about it the more you get consumed and worried about it,” he said.
“You enjoy the accolades because it pushes you to try and become better and maintain what you’re doing.
“There are a lot of young kids coming through that you’ve got to push away.
“I enjoy being here over the summer where I’m training and hopefully if you train hard enough you create your own luck.
“It’s one of those sports that you’ve got to have fun to keep enjoying it.”
The 20-year-old had a disappointing showing at the US national titles in August the last time he was on the water.
His tournament ended prematurely due to a crash in the jump division and luckily, it didn’t have an impact on his under-21 ranking.
“I was lucky in that sense, but that’s just the way it goes,” he said.
Forever one to take positives out of any setback, it handed him extra training time at Stoney Park at Telegraph Point – the venue for next weekend’s season-opening Malibu Series event.
“I’m pretty fortunate to have that competitive advantage of training here at the best site in Australia with the best skiers around,” he said.
“Success breeds success at a place like this.”
Next weekend’s tournament will be the first big tournament of the year.
It will double as a world ranking event and an L-rated tournament where people from all over the state can compete and attempt to put the best scores they can to qualify for national titles.
“It means all the skiers here will have the eligibility to put a score out there that goes on the world ranking as well so they can see where they rate with the rest of the world,” he said.
“I’d like to put some scores out there for the ranking list early in the season and take it as it comes.
“I just want to improve my scores and have fun.”
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