ASHLEY LEUGNER AND HUNTER SMITH SET TO REPRESENT CANADA AT SANTIAGO 2023 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Wake Canada is proud to announce ASHLEY LEUGNER and HUNTER SMITH will represent Canada in Women’s and Men’s Wakeboarding, respectively, at the SANTIAGO 2023 PAN AMERICAN GAMES in Chile this October, as confirmed by the Canadian Olympic Committee. DARY ZNEBEL @daryznebel has been named Coach of the Pan Am Games Wakeboard Team! Congrats to everyone!

ASHLEY LEUGNER

Hailing from the Saskatchewan lake community of Fort Qu’Appelle, Ashley is one of Canada’s most decorated wakeboarders: a 7-time National Champion, World Championship Silver Medalist, Bronze World Cup finisher and many top ten finishes on the world circuit!

Ashley clinched Canada’s Pan Am Games spot with a convincing win at last month’s Canadian Wakeboard Boat Championship in BC! It was an exciting and very special come back after being off the water the past three years due to injury!

Ashley: “Representing Canada at an event as prestigious as the Pan Am Games is a dream come true! It took a long time for women’s wakeboarding to be included in the Games and if I wasn’t able to represent Canada at least once, I would feel like I had unfinished business. I’m very grateful for the opportunity as I’m sure this experience will be one to remember for a lifetime!”

HUNTER SMITH

Wake Canada’s Wakeboard Boat Rider Of The Year (2022), Hunter Smith hails from North Vancouver, BC. He rose up through the ranks of Wake Canada and Wake BC events winning his first national title at age 9.

Hunter qualified for the National Development Team in 2017, followed by the Elite Team in 2021. Hunter clinched Canada’s Pan Am Games Men’s spot with a hard fought win at last month’s Canadian Wakeboard Boat Championship in BC!

Hunter: “I’m excited and honoured to represent Canada at the Pan Am Games. This is something I have been working towards for 14 years! Since I first stepped on a wakeboard at age 7, I fell in love with the sport. It has given me so many great friends and awesome life experiences. Now is the time to put my head down and make sure I have a contest run that will give Canada a chance at Gold!”