Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Ryan Riehl to Represent Canada at the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships

Adaptive Water Ski Canada proudly announces that our very own Ryan Riehl will be representing Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships taking place from September 14th to September 17th in Elk Grove, California.

Athlete Profile:

Name: Ryan Riehl

Division: V2/3

Events: Slalom, Trick & Jump

Personal Bests:

  • Slalom: To be determined
  • Trick: 330pts
  • Jump: 13.6m

Age: 39

Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Ryan’s story is one of sheer determination and triumph over adversity. Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ryan began water skiing at the age of 22. By the end of that year, he faced profound sensory loss, becoming both blind and deaf. This did not hold him back. Instead, he discovered a deep passion for water skiing under the mentorship of Coach Dave Wassill.

Ryan’s most significant accomplishments include setting a Canadian record in 2012 by making a jump of 14.3m and winning the title of Canadian National Jump Champion. He has also been thrice honored as the WSWC Adaptive Athlete of the Year in 2010, 2012, and 2022. Apart from these accolades, Ryan was inducted into the Holy Cross Crusader Wall of Honour for his exceptional achievements in Athletics.

Though a celebrated athlete, for Ryan, the real joy lies in the bonds he shares with his teammates. They’ve journeyed together, creating unforgettable memories around the world in various tournaments.

Looking forward, Ryan is fully prepared and aiming high for the upcoming championship in California. He hopes to bring back a medal for Canada, a goal he’s ardently working towards.

Follow the Championship Live: 

To catch Ryan in action and stay updated with the live results and schedule, please visit: https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ 

For the live webcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ 

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is dedicated to promoting and facilitating water skiing for individuals with physical disabilities. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone can enjoy the thrill of the sport.

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography