A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CELINE VRANCX & CHOOSING TO BAREFOOT WATERSKI

My name is Celine Vrancx. I am a sixteen-year-old girl from Belgium. I started skiing when I was 6 years old. At first I only water skied, but soon I started barefooting. This was mainly due to my dad. I skied my barefoot and three-event nationals. Sometimes I also went abroad for my competitions and internships to improve my skills. But at some point I had to make a decision: barefoot waterskiing or three-event skiing. Obviously I chose barefoot waterskiing.

In 2014, I went for the first time to the World Barefoot Center. I was super shy to talk English. Luckily Google Translate already existed back then. It was awesome! I made many new friends and improved a lot. This was the start of many internships at the World Barefoot Center.

Barefoot waterskiing isn’t a popular sport in Belgium, mainly due to the cold temperatures and the few water surfaces. But my parents gave me all the opportunities to become a better skier; my parents and I go once a year to Florida and we have our own boat on a beautiful lake close to home.

I started skiing the Belgian nationals in 2015 and my first Europeans were in 2017. Last year, I skied the World Championships in Canada for the first time. I felt like the luckiest girl, I met many new people for all over the world. It was an unforgettable experience!

I owe all of these achievements to my parents who always support me and the World Barefoot Center. The coaches really push me through my own limits. I have to work hard for it, but it makes me stronger. I’m proud to be part of this team and to represent the ski school worldwide. Some of them even became my best friends!!

By Celine Vrancx

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