February 28, 2012 · Updated 5:06 PM

Chimney Lake, located 50 kilometres southeast of Williams Lake, will play host to the 2012 B.C. Water Skiing Championships.

Adult and youth water skiers from around the province will converge at the event, slated to run July 28-29.

The announcement comes following a $2,500 grant to Water Ski and Wakeboard B.C. from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s Hosting B.C. program.

“These grants offer local organizations the opportunity to help showcase our region while promoting healthy, exciting activities for the whole family to take part in,” said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett.

“The championships will bring a lot of action to the community and I’m very pleased with this announcement.”

Heading up the bid to host the provincials was local water skier Parnell Pinette. Parnell’s 12-year-old son Conley Pinette was recently awarded the under-21 award at the B.C. Water Skiing annual general meeting and awards ceremony in Vancouver.

Conley, the 2011 Canadian Water Ski Champion for his age, will be competing at provincials.