Many Tasmanian sporting champions unfortunately have to leave the state to advance their careers and Brett Thurley is no exception.
Starting with the local Nomads Water Ski Club as an 8 year old, his natural talent soon distinguished him from his peers. This complete domination of the sport in Tasmania saw him set state records in all age divisions and then in senior competition in every discipline of the sport.
All of these state records still stand today. The first of many national titles was won when Brett was just 14 when he won the gold medal in the Australian Junior Boys slalom championship – a style of skiing in which he was to eventually become a world champion.
In 1986 Brett won the prestigious Moomba Masters world wide most cherished men’s slalom event – the youngest Australian ever to do so.