Sarah Teelow, a world champion waterskier from Australia, was killed after a high-speed fall in a race in Sydney. Her untimely and tragic death is now being investigated by the police.
Teelow, aged 20, fell off a ski as she began her race at the Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic in Australia. She sustained head and spinal injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. She died from her wounds on Monday night.
One of the people who was in the boat at the time of the accident, Ray Patterson, said: ''There is no rhyme or reason to it. It's just an awkward fall. It's not dangerous. It's no more dangerous than playing football.''
Unfortunately Sarah Teelow is the seventh waterskier to die in a waterskiing accident in Australia since 2008. She was described in the publication Ski Racing Australia, as: "one of the sport's most accomplished young competitors".
It said in an official statement about the death of Sarah Teelow: "The ski racing fraternity is deeply saddened by Sarah's passing and extends its condolences to her family. Ski Racing Australia is co-operating with police and maritime authorities in their investigations."
Another publication, Ski Racing NSW, paid tribute to Sarah on its website. The statement said: "Sarah represents all that is good about our sport and its competitors and it is a great sadness to acknowledge that she will not be gracing our waters again. A beautiful girl and a great competitor she will be sorely missed."
Back in 2008 Sarah Teelow was involved in another accident at Wiseman's Ferry which left her with a broken sternum and fractured bones in her back.
Thoughts and condolences go out to the family of Sarah Teelow who are grieving her loss.