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VIDEO: Thousands flock for jet-ski action at Doncaster Lakeside

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The fast and the furious world of jet ski racing is providing some high-octane thrills and spills to the Lakeside this weekend.

For the second year in a row Doncaster welcomed some of the world’s top riders for the European Jet Ski Championship finals.

Dozens of participants from across Europe, as well as a team from the United Arab Emirates, performed death defying stunts and turns in a bid to win the title.

The three day event, held from Friday to Sunday, has seen spectator numbers grow and thousands of people lined the water’s edge to witness all the thrills and spills.

Doncaster rider Brad Rickaby said hosting the event in his home town was great for boosting the profile of the sport.

The 21-year-old, of Doncaster Road, Hatfield, said: “It is a fantastic spectator sport and people who come usually visit again.

“The last European round was a 36 hour drive to Austria, but this time it was a seven minute drive into town so it was fantastic for me.

“Just in the last two years we have seen an increase in membership at places like Rother Valley Country Park and Tyran Lakes, near the airport.

“It also shines the light on Doncaster from an international perspective and helps to bring in new trade and business.”

Richard Young, business development tourism and visitor economy officer for Business Doncaster, said: “Hosting the finals is a real coup for Doncaster and is another quality event that puts the town on the visitor map.

“This shows that Doncaster is capable of hosting an international event of this size and more than anything enables visitors to have a great day out for free.

“The event also provides an opportunity for us to promote other visitor attractions in Doncaster, such as Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Bawtry Paintball.

“Tourism to Doncaster is up by 14.2 per cent in the last year and events like this are a large part of that success.”

He added: “We have been working with the organisers for the last two years now and they say they are very happy with the facilities and how the event is run. We hope to host the event next year, and who knows maybe many years to come.”

 

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