CANADIANS TO COMPETE AT LAKE 38 PRO-AM

Four Canadian athletes will be competing at the Lake 38 Pro-Am in Tallahassee, Florida this weekend. The event will be broadcast live on The Waterski Broadcasting Company, starting with rounds 1 and 2 on Saturday, followed by the finals on Sunday.
Canadians to watch:
Whitney McClintock Rini (ON)
Jaimee Bull (ON)
Bradley Gibbons (AB)
Cole McCormick (ON)

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

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.

WSC TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES ADOPTION OF IWWF RULE BOOK AND CANADIAN ADDITIONAL RULES

In a significant move to enhance the standardisation and quality of water ski competitions across Canada, the Technical Committee of Water Ski Canada (WSC) is pleased to announce the formal adoption of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Rule Book, supplemented by a Canadian Additional Rules (Addendum), as the new official rulebook governing all Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada water ski sanctioned competitions.

This pivotal adoption aligns Canadian water skiing more closely with international standards, ensuring that Canadian athletes and officials are well-prepared and familiar with the rules that govern international competitions. “Adopting the IWWF Rule Book, along with our specific Canadian Addition Rules (Addendum), represents a strategic step towards harmonizing our competition rules with global standards,” said Chuck Kraus, Chair of the Technical Committee of Water Ski Canada.

The adoption of the IWWF Rule Book, supplemented by a local addendum, is consistent with existing practice in virtually all other jurisdictions, including Australia, Great Britain, France, Spain, and the Europe & Africa Region. The Canadian Additional Rules (Addendum) addresses specific national considerations and adaptations, ensuring that the IWWF Rule Book applies effectively within the unique context of Canadian water skiing. This integration facilitates a smoother transition for athletes competing internationally and supports Canadian officials in mastering the rules that are used on the world stage.

“Our athletes are competing and excelling on an international platform. It is essential that the rules guiding our national competitions are consistent with what our teams face abroad,” added Russ Dickson, President of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada. “This adoption not only helps in training our athletes and officials with a global perspective but also enhances the integrity and fairness of our competitions.”

Water Ski Canada is committed to providing continuous education and resources to ensure that all stakeholders, including athletes, coaches, and officials, are updated and fully informed about the new rule book. Upcoming workshops and seminars will be held across the country to facilitate a comprehensive understanding and implementation of the IWWF rules and the Canadian Addendum.

For further information, updates on workshops, and detailed insights into the new rule book, please visit waterskicanada.ca or contact info@wswc.ca.

About Water Ski Canada

Waterski Canada is the national governing body for the sport of water skiing, dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in Canadian water skiing. Supporting athletes from grassroots to elite levels, Water Ski Canada fosters the development of competitive water skiing and ensures a thriving future for the sport.

WSC 2024 Rulebook/Addendum: https://waterskicanada.ca/officials/officials-resources/rule-books/

CANADIAN ATHLETES SHINE AT THE 64TH MASTERS AND 31ST JR. MASTERS WATER SKI TOURNAMENT

Ryan Dodd, Megan Pelkey & Hannah Stopnicki in the Parade of Champions. Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce the outstanding achievements of our Canadian athletes at the 64th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament and 31st Jr. Masters Tournament. With 13 Canadian competitors in the mix, we proudly celebrate an impressive 10 podium finishes, highlighting the exceptional talent and dedication of our athletes.

Notable Performances:

Hannah Stopnicki (Quebec) – Dominated the Jr. Women’s Trick event, securing the gold medal and earning the title of back-to-back Jr. Masters Champion.

Megan Pelkey (Alberta) – Achieved silver in Jr. Women’s Trick and clinched gold in Jr. Women’s Overall, also achieving back-to-back Jr. Masters Champion status.

George Malinovski (Quebec) – Took bronze in Jr. Men’s Overall, showcasing his versatile skills.

Cole McCormick (Ontario) – Triumphed in Men’s Slalom, earning his first Masters Champion title.

Stephen Neveu (Alberta) – Secured bronze in Men’s Slalom, adding to Canada’s medal tally.

Neilly Ross (Ontario) – Earned silver in both Women’s Trick and Women’s Slalom, demonstrating her prowess in multiple disciplines.

Paige Rini (Ontario) – Claimed bronze in Women’s Slalom, highlighting her competitive spirit.

Ryan Dodd (Alberta) – Achieved silver in Men’s Jump, continuing his legacy of excellence.

These incredible performances reflect the hard work and dedication of our athletes, who continue to elevate the sport of water skiing in Canada. Each competitor’s dedication and perseverance have made our nation extremely proud.

Water Ski Canada extends heartfelt congratulations to all our athletes and expresses deep gratitude to their coaches, families, and supporters who have played crucial roles in their success. We look forward to continuing to support and celebrate our athletes as they strive for excellence in future competitions.

About Water Ski Canada

Water Ski Canada is the premier organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of water skiing in Canada. Through training, events, and a focus on fostering young talent, Water Ski Canada aims to bring the sport to greater heights on both national and international stages.

Event website, https://www.masterswaterski.com/    

Jr. Masters results, https://www.masterswaterski.com/juniors-standings-finals 

Masters results, https://www.masterswaterski.com/masters-standings-finals 

Men’s Slalom podium at the 2024 Masters. 1st: Cole McCormick (CAN) 2nd: Will Ashler (GBR) 3rd: Stephen Neveu (CAN) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Jr. Women’s Trick Podium at the 2024 Jr. Masters 1st: Hannah Stopnicki (CAN) 2nd: Megan Pelkey (CAN) 3rd: Alexia Abelson (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Men’s Jump Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Joel Poland (GBR) 2nd: Ryan Dodd (CAN) 3rd: Florian Parth (ITA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Women’s Slalom Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Regina Jaquess (USA) 2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN) 3rd: Paige Rini (CAN) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Women’s Trick Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Anna Hunter (USA) 2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN) 3rd: Erika Lang (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Jr. Women’s Overall Podium at the 2024 Jr. Masters 1st: Megan Pelkey (CAN) 2nd: Kristy Appleton (AUS) 3rd: Alexia Abelson (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

 

13 CANADIANS SET TO COMPETE AT THE 2024 MASTERS WATER SKI & WAKEBOARD TOURNAMENT

Canadian Athletes Set to Compete at the 2024 Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament

Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce the participation of our nation’s top athletes in the 2024 Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine. This year’s event, hosted at the picturesque Callaway Gardens, marks the 64th edition of the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament and the 31st Junior Masters Tournament. Renowned as the most prestigious watersports tournament globally, this event promises exhilarating performances and fierce competition. The Junior Masters Tournament will take place on May 24, 2024 with the Masters Tournament on May 25-26, 2024. 

Defending Champions and Notable Competitors:

Canada proudly boasts several defending champions and notable athletes in this year’s lineup. Hannah Stopnicki returns as the defending Jr. Women’s Trick Champion, while Megan Pelkey will defend her title as the Jr. Women’s Overall Champion. Last year’s Jr. Men’s Slalom winner, Charlie Ross, has qualified for the Men’s Slalom, highlighting his rapid ascent in the sport. Additionally, Ryan Dodd will aim to defend his title as the Men’s Jump Champion.

We are also excited to have the current World Slalom Champion, Jaimee Bull, and the current World Jump Champion, Ryan Dodd, competing in this prestigious tournament.

Canadian Competitors: 

Men’s Slalom:

Charlie Ross (ON)

Cole McCormick (ON)

Stephen Neveu (AB)

Women’s Slalom:

Jaimee Bull (ON)

Neilly Ross (ON)

Paige Rini (ON)

Whitney McClintock Rini (ON)

Men’s Trick:

Dorien Llewellyn (AB)

Women’s Trick:

Neilly Ross (ON)

Paige Rini (ON)

Men’s Jump:

Ryan Dodd (AB)

Jr. Masters Competitors:

Junior Men’s Slalom:

George Malinovski (QC)

Junior Women’s Slalom:

Megan Pelkey (AB)

Junior Men’s Trick:

George Malinovski (QC)

Junior Women’s Trick:

Hannah Stopnicki (QC)

Megan Pelkey (AB)

Junior Men’s Jump:

George Malinovski (QC)

Junior Women’s Jump:

Kate Pinsonneault (BC)

Megan Pelkey (AB)

“We are incredibly proud of our athletes and their achievements,” said a spokesperson for Water Ski Canada. “Their dedication and skill have brought them to this prestigious stage, and we are excited to see them compete against the best in the world.”

As the anticipation builds for this spectacular event, Water Ski Canada invites all supporters and fans to follow the action and cheer for our athletes as they represent the nation on the global stage.

For more information on the 2024 Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament and to follow the performances of our Canadian team, please visit the official event website.

About Water Ski Canada:

Water Ski Canada is the premier organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of water skiing in Canada. Through training, events, and a focus on fostering young talent, Water Ski Canada aims to bring the sport to greater heights on both national and international stages.

Event website, https://www.masterswaterski.com/    

Live webcast, https://www.masterswaterski.com/videos  

Neilly & Charlie Ross after punching their ticket to compete at the 2024 Masters in the respective disciplines.

 

SCHEDULE POSTED: WESTERN CANADIAN WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography 

The 2024 Western Canadian Water Ski Championships will take place at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta from August 8-10, 2024.

The schedule of events is now available. CLICK HERE to view.

To register for the event, CLICK HERE.

VIRTUAL OFFICIALS SEMINARS

Registration for all seminars will be through Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada’s registration system, Water Sports Connect. Registration is now open! Click the link below to log into your WSWC Membership account and register using WS Connect.

These seminars are a great opportunity for those who are new to officiating, want to advance their officiating level, need a refresher, or if you have been away from the sport and want to get back into officiating.

To register for these events, please log into your WSWC member account and select ‘Other Events’ to find the seminars. Please note that the registration platform works best with Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.

All seminars are FREE, make sure you use the discount code WSCOfficial2024 at the end of the registration process.

CLICK HERE to login or join WSWC


FREE VIRTUAL WATER SKI SCORING SOFTWARE SEMINAR

MAY 16 AT 8PM ET

Want a refresher of the waterski scoring program? Or maybe you want to learn to use the program.

This will be an introduction or review of the software that is used in Canada to record and submit results of competitions. How to enter skiers; make start lists; publish and print start lists and results; enter the scores for slalom, trick, and jump; and how to save and submit tournament results.

Join the virtual (Zoom) course being offered Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 8pm (ET).

If you have not already downloaded the program, it can be found by following this link. CLICK HERE.

Contact katie@wswc.ca for the login name and password.

CLICK HERE for the Scoring Seminar Event Page


FREE VIRTUAL JUMP JUDGES SEMINAR

MAY 22 AT 8PM ET

Experience the thrill of flight as you delve into the world of jump skiing as an observer. What are the rules surrounding the jump event? Re-rides? How do you determine the skier’s first contact with the water to measure distance?

Join this virtual (Zoom) course on Wednesday, May 22nd at 8pm (ET) to refresh and/or learn all about water ski jump judging. This course is open to anyone who is new to tournaments or would like a refresher on the roles of a jump judge.

CLICK HERE for the Jump Judges Seminar Event Page


FREE VIRTUAL BOAT DRIVING SEMINAR

MAY 29 AT 8PM ET

The driving seminar will focus on general tournament boat driving skills and considerations.

Half of the course will be devoted to a presentation on tournament boating and a discussion of some online sources of boating information. The remaining half of the course will be a question and answer session on the material covered and any other topics of interest to the participants.

Participants are encouraged to send any questions or topics they would like covered to gerry.whittaker@telus.net in advance.

Join this virtual (Zoom) course on Wednesday, May 29th at 8pm (ET).

CLICK HERE for the Boat Driving Seminar Event Page


FREE VIRTUAL TRICK JUDGES SEMINAR

MAY 30 AT 8PM ET

Delve into the artistry and precision of trick skiing as you learn to judge the event. This will be an introduction to the trick skiing and will cover some of the basics that are used to perform the more difficult tricks. What will be covered?  Credit and no-credit; common sequences; how to record while calling tricks during the event; and a review of essential rules.

Join this virtual (Zoom) course on Thursday, May 30th at 8pm (ET) to refresh and/or learn all about water ski trick judging.

CLICK HERE for the Trick Judges Seminar Event Page


FREE VIRTUAL SLALOM JUDGES SEMINAR

JUNE 5 AT 8PM ET

Navigate the twists and turns of the slalom course with precision as you judge the athletes. This will be a review of the rules that guide the slalom event. How are skiers judged; how is the buoy count determined; when can skiers continue or have their run completed; and how are skiers eligible for re-rides?

A virtual (Zoom) course is being offered Wednesday, June 5th at 8pm (ET) This course is open to anyone who is new to tournaments or would like a refresher before the tournament season begins.

CLICK HERE for the Slalom Judges Seminar Event Page


WSC is the governing body of competitive water skiing and provides oversight into the conduct of tournaments. This includes educating and preparing officials to participate at all levels of competition.

To check your Officials Rating CLICK HERE

For WSC’s Officals Rating Criterias and Job Descriptions CLICK HERE

Should you have questions regarding the virtual seminars, please contact Taryn Grant at Taryn @wswc.ca

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.

NEILLY ROSS FINISHES 2ND AT SWISS PRO TRICKS

2024 Swiss Pro Tricks Women’s Podium
1st: Erika Lang (USA)
2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN)
3rd: Anna Gay Hunter (USA)
Photo Credit: Waterski Pro Tour Facebook

Water Ski Canada proudly announces the outstanding performance of Neilly Ross from Ontario at the first Waterski Pro Tour event of the 2024 season, the Swiss Pro Tricks. Neilly delivered a stellar performance, securing a remarkable 2nd place finish at the event.

Neilly demonstrated her exceptional skill and determination throughout the competition, punching her ticket into the finals by scoring an impressive 10,610 points in the preliminary rounds. In the final, Neilly continued to shine, tricking a score of 10,370 points, earning her a coveted place on the podium.

Sharing the podium with Neilly were Erika Lang from the USA, who claimed 1st place, and Anna Gay Hunter, also from the USA, who secured 3rd place.

Water Ski Canada also celebrates the achievements of Quebec’s Hannah Stopnicki, who delivered a commendable performance, securing the 7th place, and Alberta’s Sean Kraus, who demonstrated his talent, finishing in 12th place.

The Swiss Pro Tricks, which took place this past weekend in Clermont, Florida on April 21, 2024, marked an exhilarating start to the 2024 season. Water Ski Canada congratulates Neilly Ross, along with all its athletes, on their outstanding performances, and looks forward to continued success throughout the season.

Event results, https://iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-24USA020&page=women_tricks_results   

Broadcast, https://www.youtube.com/live/ju–0UqAZLQ?si=4G5GHCC54q2G8_7y 

Waterski Pro Tour, https://www.waterskiprotour.com/ 

2023 WSWC OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography
WSWC proudly announces Jeff McClintock as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Official of the Year Award!

Jeff’s dedication to the sport of water skiing is truly remarkable. Throughout the 2023 season, he worked tirelessly at 10 WSWC sanctioned tournaments in Ontario. Not only did he judge and homologate at these events, but he also drove during some of the events and during practice before the tournaments. Jeff is a constant presence at every tournament, ensuring smooth operations every step of the way.

From meticulously setting up tournament grounds to ensuring jump ramps are primed and courses are immaculate, Jeff’s tireless efforts elevate every competition. He’s not just an official; he’s a pillar of the water ski community, continually giving back to ensure its growth.

Jeff’s officiating took him to the 2023 Canadian National Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, where he served as an appointed official. As Chief of Technology, Jeff ensured the event ran smoothly, and his dedication saw him on-site every day, ready to lend a hand wherever needed. Congratulations, Jeff, on this well-deserved honour!

CANADIANS COMPETE AT SWISS PRO TRICKS

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography
The 2024 @waterskiprotour season is kicking off this weekend at the Swiss Pro Tricks event where 4 Canadian athletes will be competing!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 21, 2024 in Clermont, FL or tune in online via @waterskibroadcasting_ . The action starts with the first round at 10am (EST)!
Cheer on our Canadian athletes:
  • Sean Kraus
  • Dorien Llewellyn
  • Hannah Stopnicki
  • Neilly Ross
Curious about the running order and eager for live results? Visit the link below!

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography