WATER-SKIER Dominic Wheldrick has thanked people for helping him to become one of the UK's most promising water- skiers.
The 14-year-old, ranked in the top five in the country for his age, needs more help to get him even higher up the rankings and realise his ultimate dream to get in the British Junior Team.
Dominic, of Meltham, first appealed for help in April to buy top-of-the-range gear to help boost his career.
People who read the feature on him in the Examiner in April responded and he received more than £1,000.
He has good news and a word of thanks for his sponsors.
He said: "I have brought more silverware home this year than ever before and I have recorded new personal bests.
"This is mainly due to having your support so I can push myself on the brilliant gear you have helped me buy. I would like to say thank you."
Dominic trains up to eight hours a week perfecting his skills.
He was introduced to water- skiing six years ago at the same time as his father, Rod. Dominic's mother Dawn and 12-year-old sister Harriet also enjoy the sport.
Dominic continues training throughout the winter months and is now training with an ex-Russian team member called Inessa Potes, who taught him how to trick ski three years ago.
He said: "I am continuing to learn new, more difficult tricks to improve my score next year."
Dominic trained with former world number six Matt Southam in Spain this year and intends to return to Spain in February before the new season starts.
Dominic has appealed for more help. He said: "Even though my mum and dad are behind me 110%, the increasing costs of skiing are unmanageable by them alone."
Anyone who can sponsor Dominic should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.