London, July 30 (ANI): A British schoolgirl aged 13 has set a new water-skiing world record after leaping almost 100 ft.
Charlotte Wharton, from Wrestlingworth, Northants, broke the previous 20-year-old for under-14s of 88 ft by 10 ft, soaring the equivalent of three double-decker buses.
The little daredevil, who began the sport just two years ago, set the record three times in a single day at the recent British Youth Trials at Gosfield Lake, near Braintree, Essex, with the help of the standard 5ft high ramp.
"Charlotte's a real tough nut but sometimes when she hits the jumps I can't watch. I remember the first time she tried she fell off and but just climbed back on and kept practicing until she made it - now there's no stopping her," The Telegraph quoted her mum Catherine as saying.
Charlotte, who is due to represent the UK in the upcoming European Youth Championships in France, said: "I love the thrill of flying over the water and the fact I get to travel around the world is fantastic."
John Wood, the performance director at UK governing body British Water Ski, also hailed the brave youngster, saying: "She is extremely dedicated and is out there training in the freezing water in the depths of winter and thankfully that commitment is paying off.
"She's a bit of a daredevil and for such a young person to be flying over those jumps is a real achievement." (ANI)