SHOW SKI CANADA 2020 SEASON RECAP

In March 2020 Team Canada traveled to beautiful Mulwala, New South Wales, Australia to compete at the 2020 IWWF World Water Show Ski Tournament. Team Canada only had 3 days on the water before the tournament was cancelled due COVID-19, however; the team had a great experience and used our time to practice and make the best of a situation beyond our control. Taking 17 Canadian show skiers to Australia is no easy task. This could have not been possible without the commitment and leadership of Todd Hounsome, Charlie Newlands, Jordan Long, Jeff Waite and Krista McKenzie. The team owes a debt of gratitude to our sponsor club at the tournament, the Western Australian Water Ski Show Team who helped Team Canada with equipment and personnel. In Canada, our team trains and skis with Summer Water Sports and Fern Resort and we are very grateful to them for supplying the equipment and training sites for the Canadian team. Lastly, we would like to thank both Water Ski Wakeboard Ontario and Water Ski Wakeboard Canada for their continued support.

The summer of 2020 was not what we or anyone expected. Due to the nature of show skiing we are a
very “hands on” sport, so performing shows and practicing our acts was cancelled due to COVID-19
protocols. This was the first summer in many years that most of our lakes were not the backdrop to
some epic ski shows, and we can not wait to get back out there together! Our skiers certainly made the
best of the season with lots of time on the water practicing individual acts and enjoying the time spent
focusing on personal skills. It was never more prevalent then the summer of 2020 to remind us why we
love to be on the water so much.

Show Ski Canada has now selected a preliminary roster list consisting of 48 names from which we will be selecting a final roster of 35 team members to compete at the 2022 World Water Ski Show Tournament. Development team skiers (more info below) are also eligible for a spot on the final roster. With only two summers to prepare, the next World Show Ski Tournament is in Winter Haven, Florida in October 2022. Beginning in summer 2021, the team will be hosting preliminary roster practices, where the selection committee will assess team member progression. Following this, the selection committee will name a final roster consisting of 29 skiers, 3 drivers, 1 announcer, 1 pick-up boat driver, 1 sound technician plus an additional select few alternate athletes that will have the option of travelling with the team to the 2022 Worlds Tournament.

DEVELOPMENT TEAM
New this year, Show Ski Canada has named a junior and senior development team. This is the first step in building a sustainable program to expand and develop show ski talent from coast to coast. The Show Ski Committee has hand-selected this group of promising athletes to sharpen their water ski skills and introduce them to the world of show skiing. We will host development team practices starting in the summer of 2021 where we will focus on both individual and show ski team disciplines. As the skiers’ progress, they have the potential to secure a spot on the 2022 Canadian Waterski Show Ski Team.

Show Ski Canada Council
Sandy Becher
Lindsay McKenzie
Charlie Newlands
Jordan Long
Todd Hounsome