Q+A with Jaimee Bull

The 2021 season for Jaimee Bull was exceptional. With seven wins including the US Masters and Open Worlds, you could say that Jaimee dominated in 2021.

We had the opportunity to interview Jaimee and we received great insight into her skiing career and her life outside of skiing.

From starting to ski at the age of 3, to being named the Outstanding Graduate in Mechanical Engineering, to becoming WORLD CHAMPION – Jaimee Bull does it all.

Bull at the 2021 World Championships

 

 

2021 Wins:

Masters Champion
Lake 38 Pro Am Champion
Ski Stillwaters Pro Team Challenge Champion
Hilltop Pro Am Champion
U21 World Champion
Open World Champion
NCWSA National Champion

 

 

The Interview:

Water Ski Canada (WSC): How did you start water skiing?

Bull skiing on Trout Lake, Ontario at age 5

Jaimee Bull (JB): I was introduced to water skiing by my family. I grew up on a public lake and my parents were always out skiing with their friends, so I was surrounded by skiing and naturally wanted to join the fun. At the age of two I was being towed on skis across the shallow water on the beach, and could ski behind the boat at 3 years old.

WSC: Why did you choose water skiing?

JB: I chose water skiing because it was a fun family-oriented sport. Being on the water is a very cool sensation and the competition side of skiing was a big draw for me.

WSC: What has been the most significant impact so far in your water ski career?

JB: I think the fact that I have done so many other sports has allowed me to do well in skiing. Growing up in Canada I could only ski when there was no ice on the lake, so I had a lot of time in the off season to do other sports. This allowed me to gain great body awareness and learn how to maximize coaching and on water time.

WSC: What have you learned from being an athlete?

JB: Being an athlete has taught many valuable life lessons. It has also helped me develop many life skills such as how to manage my time as well as how to be committed, dedicated and hard working. The value of a quality support team and the importance of solid relationships has also been taught to me through being an athlete.

WSC: Do you have a pre-competition routine? If so, what does it look like?

JB: I usually just try to stay out of the sun and put myself in situations that keep me calm and focus prior to an event.

WSC: Do different events and titles have different meanings? How does winning different events compare to each other?

JB: Yes, absolutely! Masters was my first major win, and that win came with a lot of emotion and excitement surrounding it due to the history of the event. Winning Open Worlds meant a lot as it crowned me World Champion and it was at Jack Travers Sunset Lakes which is where I train when in Florida, making it even more special. I knew I had the ability to win both Worlds and Masters but I went into Worlds with a plan which I was able to execute, making me feel very confident and strong throughout the event. Each of the wins throughout the season had a different meaning, for example, Lake 38 was the first time I was top seed with a big score to beat since I was a junior so that also felt like a big win, but this time in terms of experience.

Bull on the podium at the 2021 US Masters

WSC: How do you manage the pressure within sport?

JB: I try to appreciate the pressure because it means that I care about the outcome of my skiing. I try to ensure that most of the pressure I feel is self inflicted due to the expectations I set for myself.

WSC: Has there been a particular person who has made an impact on your life/skiing career?

JB: I have been incredibly fortunate to have a ton of support to allow me to pursue skiing, from hometown to corporate sponsors, to mentors and teammates. Despite all the support I have received, my family has had the most significant impact on my skiing as they introduced me to the sport and allowed me to pursue skiing. They also taught me a love for being on the water while my older brother fostered my competitive attitude.

WSC: What kind of sacrifices have you had to make for sport?

JB: I try not to view things as sacrifice, as anything I chose to do was my decision and because I wanted to pursue skiing. I had to sacrifice some of my social life in high school to make sure I was able to wake up and ski in the morning before school. I also missed a fair amount of high school because I would leave in the spring and fall for tournaments and some training camps. My summer was jammed packed so looked a lot different from that of my friends. While my daily life was much different than those of my friends, everything that I ‘missed’ out on was filled with super amazing and valuable experiences that I gained from skiing. Not many highschoolers have been to as many places around the world as I had or have friends from all around the world.

WSC: What is your favourite thing about water skiing?

JB: My favourite thing about water skiing is the feeling of gliding on the water and experiences I have gained through the sport.

WSC: What is your favourite memory in water skiing?

JB: I have so many amazing memories from skiing that are special for different reasons, but I think my favourite memories have to be skiing with my whole family on the public lake we live on in Canada.

WSC: What would be your advice to the next generation of water skiers?

JB: Take in all the knowledge that surrounds you. You learn so much from watching others. Some of the greatest skills I have learned have been from observing skiers like Jon Travers and Will Asher train.

WSC: Is there someone who inspired you as a young athlete? Who and why?

Bull skiing at the 2021 World Championships

JB: Will Asher, Job Travers, Karina Nowlan – all because they were not only hard-working, successful athletes, but they are also great people. My older brother also inspired me, if it weren’t for Jaret, I would likely not be where I am today.

WSC: What does your daily routine look like?

JB: My daily routine fluctuates significantly throughout the year depending on the season and if I am in school. An

average day in the spring consists of skiing, going to class, hitting the gym and doing homework.

WSC: What can we find you doing off the water?

JB: I love doing anything outside but try to spend as much time as possible alpine skiing in the winter.

WSC: What books/movies/tv shows have you been enjoying recently?

JB: Research articles on hip implants and hand fractures. My last year of engineering has been quite busy with projects. One focuses on hip implants while the other focuses on hand fractures so unfortunately I’m actually not joking when I say that’s what I’ve been reading lately.

WSC: What do you enjoy doing to relax?

JB: I enjoy spending time outside in nature and doing other sports.

WSC: Do you have any secret talents?

JB: Hmm, this one is tough, probably my ability to do a pistol squat on nearly anything.

WSC: What’s one thing that no one knows about you?

JB: I don’t have Netflix and don’t often watch TV, movies, or YouTube.

WSC: Where do you go to school? What are you studying and when do you graduate?

JB: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Biomedical Engineering. I graduate very soon! I will graduate from my undergrad in May 2022.

WSC: What are your academic achievements?

JB: I am the 2022 Mechanical Engineering outstanding graduate. I have been on the presidents List for the duration of my degree.

WSC: How have you balanced your studies and skiing/training?

JB: Finding a balance is often challenging but I think being willing to shift my priorities daily has helped me maximize both. Some days more emphasis goes to school and skiing has to be on the back burner and other days it’s vice versa.

Bull on the podium at the 2021 World Championships

WSC: Did you prepare differently going into 2021 than any other year?

JB: 2021 had a different start to the season for me for sure. Due to COVID, my school was online, so I was in Canada until the end of February when I had to return to Lafayette to complete a few things for labs. I then flew to Florida for a couple weeks to ski at Jack Travers Ski School. I had to go back to school once again but then drove to Florida at the end of April where I finished my semester. In the pas, I have only been able to go to Florida to train with my coaches after the semester has finished (around the first week of May) so the extra training time this year definitely proved to be incredibly helpful.

WSC: What was your highlight of 2021?

JB: Winning the Open World Championships and setting a World Championship Record.

WSC: In one word, describe the 2021 season for yourself.

JB: Over-exceeding.

WSC: What’s next for you?

JB: I’m not too sure so we’ll see!

WSC: To finish, we would like to give you the opportunity to shout-out or thank anyone you would like to.

JB: There are many people that have been incredibly influential in my career and I will not be able to name all of them here, but I would like to say a huge thank you to my family, coaches, and sponsors for their ongoing support.

2021 WATER SKI & WAKEBOARD CANADA AWARDS – NOMINATE TODAY

Click HERE to nominate today!

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the people who make a difference in our sport, recognize outstanding achievements and celebrate the success of our members!

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada believe in supporting excellence by recognizing exceptional performances of our athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers.

The objectives of  these awards are:

· To honor the best representatives of our sport
· Stimulate our representatives in the pursuit of excellence
· To favour the visibility of excellence throughout the country
· To create a link of our excellence with our sponsors and the public

Nominations are open to WSWC members (individuals, clubs, schools, and provincial associations). All individual nominees must be WSWC members in good standing and Canadian citizens. Nominations for each award must be made by any two WSWC members in good standing.

The award categories are:

Male Water Ski Athlete of the Year
Female Water Ski Athlete of the Year
Junior Water Ski Athlete of the year (female or male)
Top Barefoot Athlete of the Year (female or male)
Junior Barefoot Athlete of the Year (female or male)
Top Adaptive Athlete of the Year (female or male)
Top Show Ski Athlete of the Year (female or male)
Steve Bush Coach of the Year (amongst all disciplines)
Official of the Year (amongst all disciplines)
Volunteer of the Year (amongst all disciplines)
Please Note:
*Wake awards will be administered by the Wake Committee at a later date
** The Province of the Year award will not be recognized this year.

Click HERE to nominate today!

For criteria click  HERE

Please complete the nomination form in full. Should you have any questions, please contact:
EMAIL:  Info@wswc.ca
PHONE:  (888) 526-0685×110.

Deadline for Nominations: January 31, 2022

NOTE: Nominations are kept confidential and only reviewed by Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada and Selection Committee members.

Congratulations again to the 2020 recipients

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2021 SPORT COUNCILS ELECTION

Nominations are now open for any interested person to apply for the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) Sport Councils. WSWC recognizes the following five Sport Councils:

  • Adaptive
  • Barefoot (no election in 2021)
  • Show Ski (no election in 2021)
  • Wake Sports (Wakeboard, Wake Park, Wakesurf, Wakeskate)
  • Water Ski

The Sport Councils of WSWC represent the stakeholders of each of the five identified sports. The role of the Sport Councils is to support and advance the growth and progression of their sports while staying true to their sport culture.

Developed in consultation with the Sport Councils, the Sport Council Terms of Reference, outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Sport Councils and provides an overarching framework for how the Sport Councils operate within WSWC, in an effort to increase transparency, accountability and engagement. A key component of implementation of the Sport Council Terms of Reference was the restructuring of the Sport Councils to include appointed and elected positions.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE TODAY

Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada – Sport Council Elections Process

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) recognizes the following five sport Councils:

-Adaptive
-Barefoot
-Show Ski
-Wake Sports (Wakeboard, Wake Park, Wakesurf, Wakeskate)
-Water Ski

The role of the Councils is to support and advance the growth and progression of the sport. The WSWC Sport Council Terms of Reference, outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Sport Councils and provides an overarching framework for how the Sport Councils operate within WSWC. Each of the Sport Councils include appointed and elected positions. The elected positions are open to nomination from the membership of Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada. Appointed positions are to be filled as determined by the Sport Councils. All Sport Council positions are for a term of two (2) years.

The Sport Councils composition are as follows:

As per the Sport Council Terms of Reference, those eligible to vote for the Council elections will be those individuals (18 years of age and older) with a full individual or family membership type with their Provincial Sport Organization, who have identified the sport as their primary discipline and are registered in the WSWC membership platform. Individuals with event memberships will not be eligible to vote in the Sport Council elections.

 

Nominations

Nomination Guidelines:

-Nominees must be nominated by a current full individual or family member in good standing with their Provincial Sport Organization. Event members are not eligible to make nominations.
-Nominations must be made through the online nomination form, as distributed by WSWC.
-Nomination form must be completed in full and include a jpeg photo of the nominee.
-The Nomination process will be open for a minimum of two weeks.
-Required Nomination Information is outlined in Appendix 1 (below).

Eligibility Criteria

-Nominees must be a current full individual or family member in good standing with their Provincial Sport Organization. Event members are not eligible for nomination.
-Nominees must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
-Nominees must have the capacity under law to contract.

Nominee Expectations

It is expected of the nominees that they will:

-Be willing to serve on the WSWC Sport Council, if elected.
-Have read and understood the WSWC Policy Acknowledgement Form, which you will be required to sign, if elected.
-Have read, understood and agree to the terms as outlined in the WSWC Sport Council Terms of Reference, which you will be required to sign, if elected.
-Will complete Respect Group Maltreatment (Abuse & Harassment) training as requested, if elected.

Public Notifications

-WSWC will publicly publish the names and bios of all eligible Nominees upon receipt of fully and properly completed Nomination forms.
-The public notifications will be made through WSWC social media and websites.

 

Election Process

Notification

-An email will be sent to all full individual and family members in the WSWC membership platform two weeks prior to the opening of Nominations for elections.
-An email will be sent to all full individual and family members in the WSWC membership platform on the opening day of Nominations.
-WSWC will post public notifications through it’s social media outlets and on WSWC websites announcing the opening of the Nominations process.
-An email will be sent to all full individual and family members in the WSWC membership platform on the opening day of the Voting period.
-WSWC will post public notifications through it’s social media outlets and on WSWC websites announcing the opening of the Voting process.

Voting

-All voting will be conducted online via a secure voting platform provided by WSWC.
-The voting platform will provide a list of the Nominees for each Sport Council and any biographical information provided.
-All full individual and family members in the WSWC membership platform will be eligible for one vote for the Sport Council corresponding to that individuals identified primary discipline in the platform.
-The voting period will commence within one week of the closing of Nominations and will remain open for a period of two (2) weeks.
-Votes will be tabulated by WSWC staff.
-Election results will be announced and published within 5 days of the closing of the polls.

Election Timeline
October 20 th – Nominations process opens.
November 7 th – Nominations process closes.
November 10 th – Voting process opens.
November 24 th – Voting process closes.
November 29 th – Election results announced

BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

UPDATE: NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 13TH, 2021

Join the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada Board of Directors

Have you ever thought about how you can contribute to the growth of towed water sports in Canada? If yes, WSWC has an opportunity for you!

WSWC is inviting all interested persons to apply for nomination to the WSWC Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted thru to October 13th, 2021 and the election will take place at the WSWC Annual General Meeting on October 27, 2021 at 8pm ET by webinar.

There are four (4) at-large director positions up for election and a director’s term is for two (2) years.

To learn more about WSWC, the role of Directors and how to nominate, please see:

-About WSWC: CLICK HERE

-WSWC Board Roles and Responsibilities: CLICK HERE

-Nominations Application: CLICK HERE

-Electoral Policy: CLICK HERE

-Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved (CAAWS): CLICK HERE

 

Deadline for Nominations: October 11, 2021

For more information, please contact:
Jasmine Northcott, Chief Executive Officer
Toll Free 1-888-526-0685
jasmine@wswc.ca

WOMEN ON THE WATER PROGRAM SUPPORT

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is pleased to launch the first ever Women on the Water Program Support initiative for 2021. In partnership with Canadian Women and Sport, WSWC has completed a Gender Equity Audit and Action
Plan in support of expanding WSWC’s capacity to facilitate greater engagement of girls and women as participants and leaders. WSWC recognizes the need to support the development and execution of quality programming for girls
and women. In support of this work, the goals of this program are to:
· Support mentorship, participation & leadership programming for girls and women
· Support and elevate existing programming and kick start new programming
· Increase female participation in towed water sports
· Increase opportunities for girls and women to participate and lead in towed water sports

WSWC will be accepting applications for girls and women summer 2021 program designs for
grant support.

Grant Application Timeline
· June 14 th Application Opens
· June 30 th Application Deadline
· July 15 th Funding Announcement

Eligibility Criteria
Women on the Water program support applicants must:
· Must have completed the Canadian Women & Sport Gender ELens Module
· Must be a member in good standing of your Provincial Sport Organization & WSWC
We strongly encourage all individuals/ organizations wishing to apply for funding to attend the virtual
Women on the Water Event on June 15th at 7 pm EST. Attendees of this virtual event will be given
preference in the final decision process for funding allocations.

Rules and Requirements
The following rules and requirements apply to all Women on the Water program support recipients:
· All Women on the Water funded program participants will be required to sign a WSWC waiver and WSWC COVID declaration form
· All Women on the Water funded program support staff (volunteers / coaches / etc.) who are involved with the program must have a 2021 PSO membership
· All Women on the Water events must have at least one Foundations trained coach present during the event; coaches must be a member and in good standing with the PSO and WSWC
· For program delivery, must have WSWC Insurance; or provide proof of equivalent coverage (minimum $5 million in general liability coverage with WSWC as a named insured; and any other Certificate of Insurance requirements as requested by WSWC).
· All programs must include the WSWC icon ( ) on promotional materials and must tag WSWC social account(s) and use any assigned WSWC hashtags in social posts
· If the grant recipient incurs fewer expenses than the approved funding amount, the grant recipient must notify WSWC immediately and the funding amount will be amended accordingly
· Program delivery must be in Canada
· Program deliverables (as outlined below) are mandatory
· Only applications that are completed and submitted in full will be reviewed

Notes on Funding Decisions
The total available program support fund is based on available funds in the WSWC Gender Equity budget, is subject to change and is at the sole discretion of WSWC.

Eligible Areas for Application
The following areas will be considered for funding:

Program Delivery – eligible expenses to be considered for funding could include:

o Facility Costs (All associated costs whether you are renting a facility to run the
program or are using your own facility. Would include costs such as: site rental, cable
rental, staffing, etc. )
· Boat rental or honourarium
· Equipment
·Fuel (boat / generator)
· Food / water
· Communications (program promotion including graphic materials & online / social
promotion)
·Training of volunteers / program leads / support staff
·Honourariums for program leads / support staff

Maximum Funding Levels:
· Facility costs: $500/day
· Boat rental or honourarium: $300/day
· Fuel: $200/day
· Food/water: $100/day (or $5 per person per day)
· Honorariums (program leads / support staff): up to a max of $250/per person per day

Deliverables
All Women on the Water program support recipients will be required to commit to the following:
· Signed Letter of Agreement – must be signed and returned to complete the application process in full. If the signed Agreement is not returned to WSWC within 7 days of receipt of the Agreement by the applicant, the agreed to program support will be reallocated to other applicants.
· Detailed participant list (including waivers) – NOTE: a detailed participant list and waivers will not be required if the event registration is run through the WSWC Event Management System
· Program Report – post activity report to be submitted by September 15 th
· Attendance & participation at the program debrief session in the Fall – save the date:
Sept 28, 2021 at 7pm ET TBC

Funding Schedule
● Program support will be issued by e-transfer; or cheque by request.
● 50% to be issued upon submission of signed Agreement and proof of insurance
● 50% to be issued upon completion of Deliverables

Application
Application is now open and available online at: CLICK HERE

For More Information
Jasmine Northcott | jasmine@wswc.ca | 613-526-0685