corrie dyer

Corrie Dyer

Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Cumberland County wakeboarding champion Corrie Dyer will represent the United States in Doha, Qatar, for the wakeboarding world championship.

Dyer, a senior at Cumberland County High School, won the national title at the eighth annual USA Wakeboard Nationals in August in the Junior Women's category. She was one of four women selected to compete in November.

"I'm pretty excited about it," said Dyer during a reception in her honor Oct. 12 at the Palace Theatre. "I've never left the country before. It's going to be a good experience."

Mom Rosalee said, "She's worked a long time and this is the biggest thing she's gotten to do."

Dyer was chosen by the team selection committee of USA Wakeboard based on riding ability and her performance throughout the 2007 season. Only eight athletes are selected to represent the United States. The event is set for Oct. 30 through Nov. 2.

Twenty-four countries will be participating in the event. It will be held at the exclusive Doha Diplomatic Club, which was built specifically to host waterskiing and wakeboarding events.

Qatar is an Islamic State, and Dyer is still determining what clothing is required for competitors.

"We've heard she'll have to have her arms completely covered during the competition," Rosalee said.

But, there are some financial considerations to the competition. During the reception, a silent auction was held to help raise money for the entry fee and travel expenses. Anyone wishing to help the athlete with a donation is asked to call (931) 267-6306.

Dyer has been wakeboarding competitively for three years, and only started learning the sport five years ago.

"My family always waterskied, and one time we got a wakeboard and I tried it and I was hooked," Dyer said.

So is her little sister, Chaylin, 12, who has also been competing in state events.

Dyer is the daughter of Larry and Rosalee Dyer, and she has two other sisters, Kristie Landley and Cassie Dyer. She is the granddaughter of Mabel Dyer and Ruth and Robert Walker of Crossville.

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