SAFE SPORT & EDI EDUCATIONAL SERIES

SAVE THE DATE!

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada has a series of new educational series funded by Sport Canada. These sessions will enhance our community’s understanding of Safe Sport and EDI. Delivered by the team at Sport Law, these sessions are highly recommended for all participants, but are mandatory for the “Abuse Free Sport” participants. For those who cannot attend the live sessions, there will be alternative ways to watch the sessions.

Mark your calendars for these educational sessions! Registration opens next week through WS Connect.

BULLETIN 1: 2024 IWWF WORLD WAKESURF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Bulletin #1 for the 2024 IWWF World Wakesurf Championships is now available! 

The event will take place November 3-10, 2024 in Hong Kong, China at Tai Po Waterfront Park. This is the first IWWF World Championship Wakesurf event. 

To view Bulletin #1, CLICK HERE.

To view Event website, CLICK HERE.

ANNOUNCING WSWC EDI PROGRAM

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is excited to introduce the groundbreaking Sport Support Program (SSP) for Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) funded by Sport Canada. This initiative represents a significant step forward in fostering a more inclusive and equitable environment within towed water sports across Canada. 

What is the EDI Program?

The EDI Program, part of our ongoing commitment to advancing gender equity and inclusivity in sports, is designed to support national sport organizations (NSOs) and their members in promoting diversity and inclusion within their respective communities. It expands upon previous efforts and encompasses a broader spectrum of equity deserving populations.

Who Can Apply?

The program welcomes applications from NSOs and their affiliates who provide sport-related programs and services for both able-bodied athletes and athletes with disabilities in towed water sports. We encourage participation from a diverse range of groups, including but not limited to women and girls, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, individuals from Black, racialized, and religious minority communities, people from 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and newcomers to Canada.

What Does the Program Support?

Recipients of the Gender Equity and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Sport funding will receive support in developing and implementing policies and action plans aimed at fostering gender equity and inclusivity within their sports. This includes the development, renewal, and publication of gender equity and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion policies, as well as the creation and execution of action plans to drive meaningful change.

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

To be eligible for funding, applicants must meet certain criteria and adhere to specific requirements, including being a member in good standing of their Provincial Sport Organization, holding an active club or school membership, and ensuring that all EDI participants, support staff, volunteers, and coaches maintain active memberships with their PSOs. Additionally, events must have at least one Foundations trained coach present, and program delivery must be in Canada.

For a full list of eligibility criteria and requirements, please visit this link.

How to Apply

Interested individuals and organizations can apply for funding through our online application portal. We strongly encourage all applicants to participate in EDI educational programming provided by the NSO, with dates to be announced soon.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of driving positive change within towed water sports in Canada. Apply now and join us in creating a more inclusive and equitable future for all!

The application deadline is June 7, 2024. 

Apply Now

Note: All program support recipients must comply with the rules and requirements outlined in the application guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Thank you to Sport Canada for funding this intitiative.

WSWC IS HIRING FOR SEASONAL POSITION IN CALGARY

WSWC is seeking a friendly and attentive Sports Attendant to join our team for a seasonal position. As an Attendant, you will be responsible for providing excellent customer service and ensuring a positive experience for those participating in events and visiting the site. This position requires strong communication skills, the ability to interact with others easily, and attention to detail. You will be assisting staff and participants with all sport and facility related needs during events / tournaments.

Duties will vary day to day but primarily are assisting to prepare a site for a World Championship event. You will be assisting during and after the event and assisting with the day to day operations prior to the event. Duties will include helping with all sport and facility needs prior to, during and after the event, including but not limited to:

  • Help staff and volunteers prepare and clean up after the event.
  • Greet participants at the airport, or lake.
  • Help participants with equipment at the airport, or at the lake.
  • Help in managing equipment.
  • Assist officials with technical equipment.
  • Assist with dock needs.
  • Liaison with athletes and leaders as needed.
  • Greet and welcome guests in a friendly and professional manner.
  • Provide information and assistance to guests regarding events, facilities etc.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of the designated areas.
  • Assist with Registration.
  • Respond to participant inquiries and resolve any issues or complaints promptly.
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure smooth operations.
  • Assist with “clean up” and “take down” of the events.
  • Assist with food / drink delivery to officials.
  • Languages other than English are a plus, but not required.  We will have international athletes and participants from over 20 countries at this event.

Experience:

  • Previous experience in food service, hospitality, or customer service is preferred.
  • Experience working with young adults in a “sport” environment is a plus.
  • Experience participating in a large sporting event is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to provide exceptional service

Job Location: Calgary, Alberta

Pay: $18/hr

Expected Hours: 30 hours per week; Monday-Friday & Weekends as needed

Job Type: Seasonal

Contract Length: 6 weeks

Expected Start Date: July 3, 2024

Application Deadline: May 24, 2024

APPLY: To apply , please send your resume and any additional information to Krista Jansen at krista@wswc.ca with the subject line, “Sports Attendant Job – [YOUR NAME]”

Please note that this is a paid position and is part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program, all eligible applicants will be considered.

 

WSWC CONTENT-SPECIFIC TRAINING FOR SAFE BOAT DRIVING WORKSHOP

WSWC is offering a Content-Specific Training for Safe Boat Driving workshop. This workshop is for current learning facilitators who are interested in being trained to deliver the Safe Boat Driving Workshop.
The workshop will run May 13, 2024 from 5-9pm MST (7-11pm EST) and is a virtual event.
Visit the link below to register through Water Sports Connect.

2024 WAKE CANADA NATIONAL TEAM

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is excited to announce the 2024 Wake Canada National Team. 

Meet the riders:  

Kelsey Chiappa, ON 

Riley Dillon, ON

Shaine Edward, BC 

Connor Gilbert, ON

Kori Gorra, ON 

Joey Gurr, BC 

Keegan Hodgson, AB 

Sydney McHugh, ON

Harmony Meirik, ON 

Bailey Rush, AB 

Coti Scaglia, ON 

Hunter Smith, BC 

Jordan Sullivan, ON 

Callie Zellenrath, ON 

Dary Znebel, ON 

A huge congratulations to these riders! We can’t wait to watch these riders tear it up this season! 

2023 WSWC MALE WAKESURF RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is excited to announce Keegan Hodgson as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Male Wakesurf Rider of the Year! 

Keegan showcased his talent throughout the year, securing remarkable placements including 2nd place at the Appalachian Wakesurf Open, 2nd at the Centurion Japan Open, and 7th at the World Championships where he battled through the LCQ to reach the finals. 

Notably, Keegan emerged as the top Canadian athlete in the Centurian World Series of Wakesurfing, demonstrating his talent on the global scale. Additionally, he had the honour serving as one of the coaches for the Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta Team, contributing his expertise and passion to aspiring athletes. Keegan’s highlight of the year was getting to travel to and compete in Japan. 

Huge congratulations, Keegan, on an incredible season! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE WAKESURF RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is thrilled to announce Bailey Rush as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Female Wake Surf Rider of the Year! 

Bailey’s achievements in 2023 are truly remarkable: 

She secured the title of 2023 CWSA World Champion in both the Pro Skim Division and Pro Surf Division, a feat no other female competitor has accomplished! At the 2023 GVA Wake Tour in Switzerland, Bailey clinched first place in both the Pro Skim Division and Pro Surf Division. She also dominated the waves at the 2023 Nautique European Wakesurf Championships, claiming First Place in both the Pro Skim Division and Pro Surf Division. 

Congratulations, Bailey, on an incredible season of dominance on the water! 

2023 WSWC MALE WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is thrilled to announce Riley Dillon as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Male Wake Park Rider of the Year! Congratulations, Riley, on a stellar season! 

In 2023, Riley experienced a breakthrough in his career, marking his debut on the European tour, and securing podium finishes in exclusive invite-only competitions. Starting strong with a win at the indoor event during the boat show season, he transitioned seamlessly into completing his segment for the Outhouse End of the Roll movie, clinching his ender trick along with several others just in time. 

Throughout the summer, Riley competed in around a dozen contests, notably clinching the Nationals title, securing 3rd place at Bretzels in France, and landing 5th at RedBull Wake Duel. Amidst the excitement of the season, Riley made a bold move in his career, parting ways with Ronix Wakeboards to pursue his own path. 

With determination and skill, he embarked on filming “Free Agent”, a project that showcased his solo journey in the wakeboarding world. And to top it all off, he premiered his hard work at Market Brewery in late December, wrapping up an unforgettable year. 

Riley, your achievements have been nothing short of remarkable, and we can’t wait to see what 2024 holds for you! Keep inspiring! 

2023 WSWC WAKESKATE RIDER OF THE YEAR

PC: Mitchell Hubble 

WSWC is proud to announce Jordan Sullivan as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Wakeskate Rider of the Year! 

From designing top-notch cable park setups to snagging podium finishes internationally, Jordan’s year was nothing short of phenomenal! 

He dominated competitions, including 1st place at Canadian Park Nationals and 3rd at Cable Park Worlds! He rode 7 cables in 14 days road tripping across Florida and he filmed over 30 Instagram reels. Doing all of this on his hand-built wakeskates! 

 Congratulations, Jordan, on a great year! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is stoked to announce Coti Scaglia as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Female Wake Park Rider of the Year! 

From dominating Canadian Nationals to throwing down at a Red Bull invite-only event in Milan, and even filming for Coalition Vol. 10, Coti’s been on fire! 

Huge Congratulations, Coti! 

2023 WSWC MALE WAKEBOARD RIDER OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

WSWC is excited to announce Hunter Smith as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Male Wakeboard Rider of the Year! 

Hunter clinched 2nd place at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, showcasing his talent and dedication to the sport. Huge congratulations to Hunter for an incredible season on the water! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE WAKEBOARD RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is thrilled to announce Ashley Leugner as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Female Wakeboard Rider of the Year! Congratulations, Ashley, on an amazing year filled with remarkable achievements and incredible performances on the water!

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WSWC a le plaisir d’annoncer qu’Ashley Leugner est la planchiste féminine de l’année 2023 de WSWC Planche Canada ! Félicitations, Ashley, pour une année étonnante remplie de réalisations remarquables et de performances incroyables sur l’eau !

PC: Express Media & Pan Am Sports