Williams Lake’s Conley Pinette (bottom right) and his dad

Williams Lake’s Conley Pinette (bottom right) and his dad

Water skiers medal at international championships

The Williams Lake father and son duo of Parnell Pinette and Conley Pinette skied to success recently at ski championships.

The Williams Lake father and son duo of Parnell Pinette and Conley Pinette skied to success recently at the 2014 International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation Pan American Water Ski Championships.

Conley, 14, and Parnell competed as members of Team Canada at the event, hosted in Bogotá, Colombia, from April 14-19.

Conley, who spent the early part of April training with Team Canada in Florida alongside world water ski champion Jaret Llewellyn and Team Canada coach Matt Rini, finished with a silver medal in the under-17 team competition. The U.S. won the gold medal, while Peru finished with bronze.

Parnell, meanwhile, skied to an overall bronze-medal finish. He also added a silver medal in the team competition, a bronze medal in jump and a sixth-place result in slalom to his resumé.

At the 2012 Pan American Games Parnell was a bronze medalist in the 35-plus men’s jump.

Conley was the 2012 Pan American under-13 overall gold medalist and was the 2012 silver medalist in under-13 jump.

The Pan American Water Ski Championships are held every two years.

Conley now has his sights set on competing at the Junior Waterski World Championships at the end of July.