The Murray River Challenge

People have swum, kayaked, even jet skied the navigable length of the Murray River however until now nobody has attempted it on water skis. SKI4CF will ski the entire navigable length of the Murray, raising much needed money for Cystic Fibrosis. Never done before the SKI4CF team will ski from the Murray's upper reaches (Indi / Swampy Plain junction) to the Murray Mouth 7kms below the Barrages in South Australia - Some 2438 km in February 2018.


Cystic Fibrosis Community Care (CFV) has provided approval to conduct fundraising activities, source and secure donations and sponsorship in support of SKI4CF Murray River Challenge.

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Ben Berry

lives just north of Albury on a small rural holding with his wife and three loving children along with two dogs, seven chickens and three Guinea pigs.  He works for Soil Conservation Services as a River Murray Works Coordinator where he manages the detrimental impacts regulated flows have on the Murray river channel through structural erosion control works.

Ben grew up in the small country town of Echuca where his passion for the Murray River evolved. Echuca also introduced Ben to one of his other passions which is water skiing.  Ben will be skiing the full navigable length of the Murray River beside Scott Collins, a feat never achieved before, and a feat that will hopefully raise the much needed research funds into Cystic Fibrosis.

Scott Collins

is a Kyabram based business man who runs 2 successful businesses with in the construction and engineering industries throughout Australia, Scott lives with his wife and 2 young daughters and enjoys all things that come with living in a small country town close to both the rivers for summer activities and the bush for winter – spring activities.

Scott lost his mother to CF exactly 1 month prior to his 2nd birthday and was raised by her parents (his grandparents) for the remainder of his early to adolescent life.

Having a passion for enjoying life in general Scott is extremely excited to be a part of the SKI4CF team in raising both money and awareness about the disease while tackling the challenge of Skiing the navigable length of the Murray River with his child hood friend David Atley and social skiing group of Ben Berry and Jeffery McCulloch.

David Atley

works in local government and lives in Kyabram with his wife Bianca and young daughter Violet. David has a passion for spending time on the water and can be found in a boat at every spare opportunity.

Most of David’s big adventures are instigated by his hyperactive long-time friend Scott and when the idea of skiing the length of the Murray River was put up, he jumped at the chance.

What an adventure to undertake! Manning a ski boat for 2438 kilometres with like-minded mates watching the entire Murray River pass below us. David is looking forward to spending hours listening to the hum of an outboard motor, sleeping under the stars, living off a diet of sausages, solving problems on the run and raising money for terrific cause.

Jeff McCulloch

is a 37yo from Bendigo VIC who, along with wife Laura and 2 kids, Will (4)and Eliza (2), live on a small sheep and cropping  farm just north of Bendigo.

Managing director and 4th generation of his family business McCullochs Hydraulics and McCullochs D&B, Jeff has worked in the business for the last 20 years, starting out in 1996 as apprentice fitter and turner.

Jeff has been involved in Ski Racing for the last 16 years as a driver/observer/team owner. The boat we will be using for the SKI4CF is a 19’ Concept that Jeff has been driving/campaigning in Ski racing since 2009  predominantly in the Murray river classics. Jeff has a passion for the sport and the Murray River in general.

Rosemary Britton

is a happily retired Public Servant living in Kyabram with husband Gary. Rosemary enjoys the great outdoors, in particular water skiing, cycling and outback travel. Rosemary is also a regular gym member, keen gardener and along with Gary has an interest in classic motor cars.

Being a passionate water skier Rosemary introduced her nephew Scott Collins to the sport at an early age on the Murray River at Echuca. Many summers were spent with Scott and his good friend David Atley on the river. Along the way Rosemary and Gary’s son Tim also became a keen skiier. The family still enjoy days on the river together.

Rosemary has grown up in a family where Cystic Fibrosis was regularly discussed. Sadly Rosemary lost both sisters to CF. With continuing advances in the treatment of CF Rosemary is excited to be part of the SKI4CF support crew tackling the mighty Murray River to raise funds towards CF research..

Digby Jacobs

is a happily married father of two children, his eldest Mathilda is a CF carrier and his son Archie has CF.

Digby and his wife Georgia were settled in Melbourne when they had Archie and his condition lead them to move to the clean air of Deniliquin NSW on the Edward River where his children thrived and Archie - with a lot of hard work and some ups and downs - went from strength to strength.

We all want CF to be able to be managed first and eradicated if possible. We are putting our efforts into SKI4CF and we hope people will see the benefit in giving as much as they feel they can to solve this terrible disease.


The Murray River Challenge - Skiing the Murray for Cystic Fibrosis
  • Friday, February 23rd, 2018

    1. Jingellic to Indi Junction

    80 kilometres.

  • Saturday, February 24th, 2018

    2. Hume Dam Wall to Jingellic

    134 kilometres.

  • Monday, February 26th, 2018

    3. Hume Dam to Yarrawonga Weir

    237 kilometres

  • Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

    4. Yarrawonga Weir to Picnic Point

    197 kilometres

  • Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

    5. Picnic Point to Torrumbarry Weir

    162 kilometres

  • Thursday, March 1st, 2018

    6. Torrrumbarry Weir - Swan Hill

    218 kilometres

  • Friday, March 2nd, 2018

    7. Swan Hill - Boundary Bend

    184 kilometres

  • Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

    8. Boundary Bend - Robinvale

    102 kilometres

  • Sunday, March 4th, 2018

    9. Robinvale - Mildura

    237 kilometres

  • Monday, March 5th, 2018

    10. Mildura - Kulnine Boat Ramp

    117 kilometres

  • Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

    11. Kulnine Boat Ramp - Renmark Big 4 Caravan Park

    205 kilometres

  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

    12. Renmark - Morgan Ferry

    246 kilometres

  • Thursday, March 8th, 2018

    13. Morgan Ferry - Tailem Bend Ferry

    231 kilometres

  • Friday, March 9th, 2018

    14. Tailem Bend Ferry - Murray Mouth

    88 kilometres

  • Total

    2438 kilometres


Thank you to these sponsors for helping us out.





Thank you to these sponsors for helping us out.




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