There was no shortage of striking images taken of the floods that ravaged large swathes of the UK during the winter of 2015/16. None more so than that of a Mr David Platt of Selby, who was filmed by a BBC crew on a helicopter waterskiing on the flooded rivers of North Yorkshire. It turns out Mr Platt, who is a member of the White Cross Ski Club, used the floods to get in some extra practice. It paid off. For Mr Platt has been selected to represent Great Britain in the 2016 European and African Barefoot Water Ski Championships which are to be held in Sweden. As Mr Platt explains “It was a high flood, and that’s better for us because you don’t get a backwash, so we can spend more time on the water. The river was high at that time, we got a bit of gripe for that, but medals are won in winter when your opponents aren’t skiing.” Apparently Mr Platt was ‘flooded’ with calls following his appearance on national TV.