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A "WELL-RESPECTED" insurance broker and water-ski champion has died at the age of 71.

David Lionel Cheetham was born in Cardiff to Lionel - an engineer at the flour mills in Cardiff Docks - and Beryl Cheetham in November 1944.

Growing up in Llanishen, Cardiff, Mr Cheetham was educated at Cardiff High School, where he also won a school chess championship.

After leaving school, Mr Cheetham trained as an insurance broker and joined the National Farmers Union where he worked for many years in Brecon.

In his twenties, he also became an active member of the Penarth Wales water-ski club where his ability as a ski boat driver came to light.

The club first started as a social ski club in 1960 with a few people who had boats meeting on the beach which is now the site of the outer harbour of the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

In 1962, the club moved to Penarth beach where there was a slipway, and that's where it has stayed to this day.

Since the building of the barrage, the club has also developed a wakeboarding and skiing programme within the Cardiff Bay Ski Zone.

When water-ski racing started to become popular in the 60s, Mr Cheetham participated in racing events throughout the UK and Europe.

In 1969 and 1970 he won both the British and the European Ski Racing Championships.

Adding to his long list of achievements, Mr Cheetham was also a regular competitor in the annual Cross Channel Ski Race, which was held from Dover to Calais.

Mr Cheetham died peacefully at the University Hospital of Wales following a short illness. His funeral was held at Briwnant Chapel in Thornhill Crematorium.

He was a "beloved father" and leaves two sons - Christopher and Sion.


David Cheetham, centre, pictured with his 1970 British water-ski race teammates Graham Day and Brendan Bowles, has died aged 71

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 26, 2016
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