Sports Listings: This Weekend / Water skiing: European Grand Prix - Thurrock

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In barefoot water skiing, without the support of skis, competitors have to perform at high speed to stay afloat, creating an exciting spectacle. This weekend, there is a double helping of top water skiing when the senior European Grand Prix and the junior European Championships conclude at Lakeside, Thurrock. Britain won the junior championships last year and among the medal prospects is Lucy Scopes, aged 12, a local skier from Romford, who begins the defence of her jumping title today. In the senior Grand Prix, Kim Harding, from Upminster, attempts to break her European record when the women's jumping starts tomorrow. The finals of both events are on Sunday and spectating is free all weekend.

How to get there: Lakeside, Thurrock, Essex, is signposted from junctions 30 and 31 of M25 or by direct access on A13, A1306 and West Thurrock Way. Parking is free. Competition starts at 9am daily, continuing to 5pm.