MAIZE, Kan. (KSNW) – What were you doing when you were three years old? A toddler from Virginia recently made waves in Maize, Kansas while competing in Goode’s 80th National Water Ski Championships.
Jonathan Davis, 3, was the youngest competitor of more than 500 athletes attending the week-long event.
“He is just following in the footsteps of his brother and sister. My daughter Cameron was actually the youngest here at Nationals about 12 years ago,” said Jonathan’s mother, Susie Davis.
Jonathan, who calls himself Sixer because he is the sixth and youngest child in the family, started waterskiing when he was 18 months old.
“Then last year he skied with two skis tied together, but he was holding his rope, and he rode the freestyle skiing in April of this year and really, really enjoyed it. He wanted to ski, so he qualified for nationals, which was his goal, and that was really cool,” Susie explained.
“I like to jump the wakes a bit,” Jonathan told KSN.
Jonathan’s young age even surprised one of the advertisers.
“Look at this. It’s just something remarkable. I think anyone who wants to teach freestyle skiing should check it out,” the announcer said.
KSN asked Jonathan what he loves most about skiing. He replied, “It’s just fun!”
All six of Susie’s children competed in the championship. She said managing each child’s ski schedule can be a lot of work, but she and her husband wouldn’t want it any other way.
“It’s stressful, but it’s good to make sure everyone has everything they need and give them the best chance,” Susie said. “God has blessed us and allowed us to be able to be here, to be able to have a boat and to be able to ski, and so we are very grateful to be here.”