Photo Credit: Taylor Nullmeyer

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is proud to announce Darby Paddon as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Male Show Ski Athlete of the Year Award!

Darby Paddon has been an integral part of the Show Ski Canada community since 2016, consistently demonstrating unparalleled skill and dedication to the sport. With an impressive track record and an unwavering passion for show skiing, Darby’s contributions have not gone unnoticed.  

Darby is currently gearing up for his 5th Show Ski Worlds in March 2025. His versatility is unmatched, being able to do pyramids, barefoot, wakeboard, and his specialty, freestyle jump. Darby competed in the inaugural Canadian Freestyle Nationals this year where he clinched a well deserved 2nd place. 

Darby is one of the top all around skiers and leaders on Team Canada. Beyond his individual achievements, Darby embodies the spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship, serving as a beacon of leadership both on and off the water. His willingness to mentor and support fellow athletes on the National Team and Development Team exemplifies his commitment to the growth and success of the show skiing community. 

Darby’s passion, talent, and dedication have left a mark on the Canadian show skiing community, and Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is proud to honour him as the 2023 WSWC Male Show Ski Athlete of the Year. 

Congratulations Darby on this incredible achievement, we look forward to watching your continued success in the years to come.