WSWC CELEBRATES SUCCESS ACROSS TOWED WATER SPORTS IN CANADA DURING THE 2023 SEASON

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is elated to share the remarkable achievements of Canadian athletes across towed water sports during the 2023 season. Athletes from Water Ski Canada, Wake Canada, Adaptive Water Ski Canada, Show Ski Canada, and Barefoot Canada showcased their unparalleled talent and dedication, earning accolades on the national and  international stage.

Canadian water ski athletes excelled at the 21 Water Ski Pro Events held across the world, amassing an impressive 14 gold medals, 10 silver medals, and 17 bronze medals throughout the year. The 2023 IWWF World Water Ski Championships saw Canada securing four medals and a coveted spot on the Team Overall Podium. Notable achievements include Ryan Dodd of Olds, AB, winning Men’s Jump, Jaimee Bull of North Bay, ON, triumphing in Women’s Slalom, Stephen Neveu of Calgary, AB, securing 3rd place in Men’s Slalom, and Dorien Llewellyn of Innisfail, AB, achieving 3rd place in Men’s Overall.

The 2022 IWWF U17 World Water Ski Championships were held in January of 2023 this year. Team Canada placed 2nd in the Team Overall event and won four individual medals with three of them being gold. Alberta’s Megan Pelkey placed 3rd in Girls Trick and won Girls Overall. Quebec’s Hannah Stopnicki won Girls Trick and Quebec’s Nellie Allard won Girls Jump. 

The 2023 IWWF U21 World Water Ski Championships were held in Mexico this year. Canada’s sole medal came from Ontario’s Charlie Ross who won gold in Men’s Slalom. 

The 2023 Santiago Pan American Games further showcased WSWC’s success on the water, with Canadian athletes bringing home nine medals in various disciplines. Dorien Llewellyn’s outstanding performance included a victory in Men’s Overall, 2nd place in Men’s Trick and Men’s Jump. Paige Rini of Ontario secured 2nd place in Women’s Overall, 3rd in Women’s Slalom, and 3rd in Women’s Jump. Neilly Ross of Ontario achieved 2nd place in Women’s Trick and 2nd in Women’s Slalom. Wake Canada’s Hunter Smith of Vancouver, BC, claimed 2nd place in Men’s Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

Bailey Rush of Gull Lake, AB, represented Wake Canada with distinction, dominating the 2023 Competitive Wake Surf Association (CWSA) World Championships. Bailey secured 1st place in Pro Female Skim and 1st in Pro Female Surf, marking a phenomenal year for Wake Canada on the global stage.

On the National stage, Wake Canada had the 2023 Wakeboard & Wakeskate Boat Nationals hosted by Wake BC and the 2023 Wakeboard & Wakeskate Wake Park Nationals hosted by Wake Ontario this summer. 

The 2023 Wakeboard & Wakeskate Boat Nationals was host to over 60 riders who competed at Deas island Regional Park in Delta, BC. To learn more about the event and for results, CLICK HERE

The 2023 Wakeboard & Wakeskate Wake Park Nationals featured over 80 riders who competed at Planet Bayou Wake Park in Dufferin County, ON. To learn more about the event and for results, CLICK HERE.

Adaptive Water Ski Canada made history at the 2023 IWWF World Disabled Water Ski Championships by earning Canada’s first-ever team medal at a Worlds, securing a remarkable 2nd place. Additionally, Blake Lamontagne of Wawota, SK, a member of the Adaptive Water Ski Canada team set a World Record in MP3 Men’s Tricks at the World Championships. Team Canada brought home six individual medals, including Ashley Baerg of Dalmeny, SK, achieving 3rd place in Seated Ladies Slalom, 2nd in Seated Ladies Jump, and 3rd in Seated Ladies Overall. Gord Tuck of Lake Cowichan, BC, secured 2nd place in Standing Men Slalom, Blake Lamontagne claimed 2nd place in Seated Men Tricks, and Phil Kerr of Ontario achieved 3rd place in Seated Men Jump.

Show Ski Canada celebrated a milestone by hosting their first-ever Freestyle Jump Nationals this season. This exciting addition to the calendar highlighted the organization’s commitment to innovation and growth within the sport. Furthermore, Show Ski Canada formed a strategic partnership with Splash Blast Canada, enhancing the spectator experience and bringing an extra dimension to the events.

This year, Barefoot Canada sent five competitors on Team Canada to the 2023 IWWF World Open, Under 23 & Junior Barefoot Waterski Championships in Mulwala Australia. Canada also had two officials at the event. During the season, there were multiple events and clinics held throughout Canada. Two barefoot jump clinics were held this summer to continue the development of new jumpers.

WSWC extends heartfelt congratulations to all the athletes and sport disciplines for their outstanding achievements, exemplifying Canada’s dominance in towed water sports globally.

Hunter Smith places 2nd in Men’s Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports.

Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF World Water Ski Championships. Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography.

Team Canada at the 2023 Barefoot World Championships. Photo by: Kym Bond & IWWF Facebook.

INAUGURAL FREESTYLE JUMP NATIONALS: A RESOUNDING SUCCESS!

This summer, history was made in the world of water skiing and wakeboarding as Show Ski Canada proudly hosted the first-ever Freestyle Jump Nationals, a thrilling competition that showcased the very best of Canada’s freestyle water ski jump talents. This groundbreaking event, officially sanctioned as nationals, took place at Gull Lake Rotary Park in Gravenhurst, Ontario. It marked a significant step forward in the development of this exhilarating discipline in Canada.

The Art of Freestyle Waterski Jumping

Freestyle waterski jumping is a captivating blend of acrobatics and water skiing, often seen in the awe-inspiring ski show performances. It involves heart-stopping flips and spins executed by fearless athletes on both one and two skis. While this discipline has long been a favorite in the United States, complete with regional competitions, national championships, and a professional tour boasting hundreds of participants, it has only recently started gaining prominence in the Canadian show ski community.

At the last world tournament, Canada proudly fielded five freestyle jumpers, with two of them achieving top-ten finishes, showcasing the nation’s potential in this exhilarating sport.

A Competition to Remember

The inaugural Freestyle Jump Nationals witnessed a commendable turnout, with 15 athletes initially registered for the competition. Although a few had to withdraw due to injuries, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the remaining 12 jumpers who competed across two captivating categories.

The categories that took center stage were:

Heli Category: In this category, jumpers demonstrated their aerial mastery with a 360-degree spectacle, pushing the boundaries of acrobatic waterski jumping.

Open Category: With no restrictions, athletes in this category had the freedom to choose between one or two skis, creating an exhilarating showcase of creativity and skill.

The competition featured the standard jump, standing at an impressive 5.5 feet high, similar to those seen in long-distance jump competitions. The participants were fortunate to utilize the existing ski jump at Gull Lake Rotary Park, where the Muskoka Extreme ski shows are hosted every Wednesday night throughout the summer, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event.

The event also attracted a diverse audience, with the families of the skiers offering their unwavering support, alongside curious spectators who had learned about the event through township advertisements.

Results that Soared

In the spirit of competition and celebration, the Freestyle Jump Nationals saw incredible performances across the board. In the Heli Category, the following athletes were on top:

Heli Category:

  1. Charlie Newlands
  2. Paul Knight
  3. Baxter Legace

In the Open Category, these exceptional athletes took home top honors:

Open Category:

  1. Jordan Long
  2. Darby Paddon
  3. David Brandstetter

A Bright Future for Freestyle Waterski Jumping in Canada

Beyond the medals and accolades, the true purpose of the event was to foster the growth of freestyle water ski jumping in Canada. The sport has been on an upward trajectory in recent years, and competitions like the Freestyle Jump Nationals provide athletes with the motivation to push their skills to new heights.

The inaugural Freestyle Jump Nationals was a resounding success and a testament to the incredible talent within the Canadian water ski and wakeboard community. Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is excited to look forward to another exciting season, as we continue to celebrate the thrilling world of freestyle waterski jumping.

Thank you to all participants, sponsors, and spectators who made this historic event possible. Your support is instrumental in elevating this extraordinary sport to new heights!

Sponsors and Prizes

The success of the Freestyle Jump Nationals wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to:

  • Flyman Skis
  • TEAMLTD
  • The Creative Care
  • Navigator Visuals
  • 11/17 Apparel
  • Muskoka Extreme
  • Summer Water Sports

These sponsors not only contributed to the event’s success but also offered fantastic prizes that added an extra layer of excitement to the competition.

PAIGE RINI BRINGS HOME ANOTHER MEDAL AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Paige Rini on the Women’s Overall Podium at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports 

Paige Rini has once again made the nation proud by securing a silver medal in the Women’s Overall Finals at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Championships.

The multi-disciplinary event saw Rini fiercely compete in all three categories – slalom, jump, and tricks, vying for the Overall Title. She initiated her medal quest with an admirable score of 2@10.75m/39off in the slalom. Transitioning seamlessly, Paige then made a commendable leap of 46.5m in the jump event and rounded off the day with a tricks score of 8890 points.

Entering the tricks discipline, Paige was behind by 216 points but managed to narrow down the gap to a mere 10 points, winning the silver medal and exemplifying the tight competition at this elite level.

This achievement is particularly notable as it marks Paige’s third medal at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, having previously secured bronze in both the Women’s Slalom and Women’s Jump events.

After the event, an elated yet reflective Paige shared, “It felt awesome, I was really close to that Gold which was a little bit frustrating but I’m just really thankful to be here and be representing Team Canada.” Discussing the nail-biting closeness of the competition, she mentioned, “It just comes down to those tiny little maneuvers, those seconds, those meters, it means everything for overall. I fell short a little bit but I’m still really proud of myself for everything I overcame.” On her overall haul at this edition of the Pan American Games, she expressed, “It feels awesome. Last Pan Am Games I had three bronze and my goal was to bring home either a silver or a gold and I met that goal.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada applauds Paige Rini for her unparalleled commitment, skill, and determination.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

Paige Rini Competing in Slalom during the Overall Event at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games

6 MEDAL DAY FOR WSWC AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada: Day 3 Recap – 2023 Santiago Pan American Games


Morning Highlights:

The day kicked off with  Neilly Ross and Paige Rini competing in the Women’s Slalom Finals. Neilly gleamed with a silver-worthy score of 3@10.75m/39off. Not far behind, Rini made Canada proud by clinching bronze with a score of 1@10.75m/39off.

Paige Rini: A Day of Bronzes:

Paige Rini wasn’t done after the morning’s triumph. She returned to the scene in the Women’s Jump Finals, where she soared to an impressive 47.3m, adding another bronze medal to her collection. Later in the Women’s Trick Finals, Paige put up a valiant fight, finishing in 6th place. Be sure to keep an eye out for her tomorrow, as she’s set to compete in the Women’s Overall Finals competing in all three events; Slalom, Tricks, and Jump.

Neilly Ross’s Silver Streak Continues:

Today was undeniably Neilly Ross’s day at the Pan American Games. After her spectacular performance in the Women’s Slalom Finals, she switched gears to dominate the Women’s Tricks Finals. Her passion and expertise rewarded her by scoring 10,870 points and earning herself another silver medal.

Dorien Llewellyn: Dual Silver Success:

Dorien Llewellyn had fans on the edge of their seats. First, in the Men’s Jump Finals, he leaped a near-gold 64.5 meters, missing the top spot by a mere 0.2 meters. Then, he showcased his versatility in the Men’s Tricks Finals, scoring 10,690 points and earning himself another silver medal. All eyes will be on him in tomorrow’s Men’s Overall Finals.

Canada’s Wakeboard Star:

Ashley Leugner, representing the maple leaf, took on the Women’s Wakeboard Finals and achieved a commendable 5th place.

What’s Next:

The end for Water Ski and Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games approaches! Tomorrow will see the Women’s Overall Finals, Men’s Overall Finals, and Men’s Wakeboard Finals. Paige Rini and Dorien Llewellyn, are set for the Overall Finals. Meanwhile, Hunter Smith will aim to dazzle in the Wakeboard Finals.

Join us and be part of the excitement! Don’t miss a moment and follow the live webcast and real-time results.

Livestream: https://www.panamsportschannel.org/main 

Schedule and Results: https://results-santiago2023.org/#/discipline/WSK/schedule/daily

WSWC CELEBRATES DORIEN LLEWELLYN’S TWO SILVER MEDALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Dorien Llewellyn Jumping in the Men’s Jump Finals on October 23, 2023 at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. 

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada proudly congratulates Dorien Llewellyn on his outstanding performance at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. In a thrilling display of skill and determination, Dorien secured two silver medals in Men’s Jump and Tricks.

In the highly competitive Men’s Jump Finals, Llewellyn delivered an extraordinary performance, leaping 64.5 meters, merely 0.2 meters short of claiming the gold medal. Addressing his incredible feat, he said, “It was a good day. Obviously getting medals at all is awesome and to get two in the two finals I was in is great.”

Reflecting on his silver in the jump event, Llewellyn stated, “I’d be lying if I said the silver in Jump wasn’t a little disappointing, especially to come that close. You’re talking about .2 meters; it’s tough.” He also acknowledged the challenges he faced following a significant foot injury, remarking, “I hold myself to a high standard and I feel like coming back from this injury with my foot, I’m just not where I was before, and it’s tough when you feel like you’re a little bit stuck in a cage.” In a gracious nod to his competitors, he added, “At the end of the day, Milo went out and crushed a jump, and I couldn’t match that. So congrats to him.”

Llewellyn’s exceptional day continued with the Men’s Trick Finals, where he achieved a remarkable 10,690 points. “To back it up with another silver in trick was great,” he remarked. “I was sitting in fourth going into the finals, and I went out and stood up. The name of the game is to always stand up and let everyone else make mistakes. The two guys made a couple of mistakes, and that’s just the game.”

Although he hasn’t yet secured the gold, Llewellyn remains resilient and focused. Looking ahead to the Men’s Overall Finals, slated for tomorrow, October 24, 2023, he expressed his determination, saying, “I haven’t gotten that medal yet that’s the right color, but the overall final tomorrow, so I’ll try to step it up.”

Dorien also discussed the emotional and physical challenges of returning to the jump event following a major injury, explaining, “Today was probably the first jump set where I came into it, and I was super pumped. It’s tough to go out there knowing that you had a serious injury in jump.” He further emphasized, “It’s improvements mentally and physically on the water.”

As he anticipates the upcoming finals, Llewellyn exudes confidence, stating, “I feel good. Everything I did today was an improvement on the first round, so if I just keep that momentum going, then I feel really good about where I am.” He highlighted the importance of consistency, sharing, “At the end of the day, same thing as what I did in the trick finals. You’ve got to go out there; you’ve got to put a score down. Other people might make mistakes, you try to limit your own and just see what happens.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is proud to support Dorien Llewellyn in his quest for excellence, and we invite fans to join us in cheering him on as he embarks on the Men’s Overall Finals, where he will compete in Slalom, Trick, and Jump. It’s sure to be another remarkable day on the water.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

WSWC CELEBRATES PAIGE RINI’S DOUBLE BRONZE AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Paige Rini of Canada competes in theWomen’s Water Ski Slalom Finals during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Monday, October 23, 2023. 

Photo by Leah Hennel / COC

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada proudly celebrates Paige Rini as she continues to add more medals to her impressive tally at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

Earlier this morning, Rini delivered a strong performance in the Women’s Slalom, securing a bronze medal with a score of 1@10.75m/39off. Not one to rest on her accomplishments, Rini then showcased in the Women’s Jump Finals, where she clinched another bronze medal with an impressive 47.3m jump.

In the Women’s Trick Finals today, Rini displayed commendable effort, finishing 6th. Fans and supporters can look forward to tomorrow, October 24, 2023, when Rini will compete in the Women’s Overall Finals in Slalom, Trick, and Jump. The day promises intense competition, with Rini geared up to deliver exceptional performances in all three events.

This marks Rini’s second appearance at the Pan Am Games. Recalling her prior achievements, she secured three bronze medals in Lima 2019.

Reflecting on her jump performance today, Rini stated, “The conditions were awesome, and I was just happy to be on the podium in jump.” With a determined spirit, she added, “I came into this event wanting as many medals as possible. Overall is my strongest, so that’s tomorrow, and I’m really excited. I get to start over a new day in all three events, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Expressing her pride in representing Canada, Rini remarked, “It feels like an honour just to be a part of this team and to represent Canada in water skiing.” She also shared her delight at contributing to the Panam Sports medal tally, saying, “To be a part of the medal count for Panam Sports in general is really cool for me.” Reflecting on her inspirations, Rini noted, “I’m inspired by all the older skiers and athletes that I have followed.”

As Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada, we are immensely proud of Rini’s achievements and her dedication to the sport. We eagerly await her performance tomorrow and wish her the best of luck.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

Paige Rini of Canada competes in theWomen’s Water Ski Slalom Finals during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Monday, October 23, 2023.  Photo by Leah Hennel / COC

WSWC CELEBRATE’S NEILLY ROSS’ DUAL SILVER MEDALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Neilly Ross of Canada competes in the Women’s Water Ski Slalom Finals during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Monday, October 23, 2023. 

Photo by Leah Hennel / COC

Neilly Ross continued to make her mark at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games today, clinching not one, but two silver medals to add to Canada’s proud tally.

Opening her account for the day, Ross competed in the Women’s Slalom event, with a remarkable score of 3@10.75m/39off, securing her first silver. She was joined on the podium with fellow Canadian Team Member Paige Rini who won bronze. Ross then went on to compete in the Women’s Tricks Finals. Her tactical yet ambitious execution earned her a score of 10,870 points, culminating in her second silver for the day.

Reflecting on her performance, Ross shared, “My goal was to come here and try to get on the podium twice, I did that so I’m walking away accomplishing my goal. I wanted to go for the gold in tricks, I had a run that could do it. I was a little bit slow but I’m still very proud to be representing Canada with the silver medal.”

Ross delved into the intricacies of the tricks event, adding, “It’s tough because in tricks it’s so much strategy based off of what other people do. I went with a very high scoring run and it’s pretty risky because if one trick is out of time, you lose a lot of points. We went for it, I still got a really high score, it could have been a little bit higher but we went for it.”

The camaraderie between Ross and fellow skier Paige Rini was palpable as they championed the Canadian spirit. Speaking about their shared journey and the future, Ross mentioned, “Paige and I have talked about it, we’ve known each other literally since before we were born. We’ve talked about our lives and how long we’ll be skiing for. She’s one of my best friends and we want to keep doing it for as long as we can. Definitely, there’s a new generation coming into the sport.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is immensely proud of Ross’s accomplishments and commends her unwavering dedication to the sport. We look forward to more inspiring performances from her and the entire Canadian.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

Paige Rini and Neilly Ross of Canada pose for a photo during the Women’s Water Ski Slalom Finals during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Monday, October 23, 2023. Photo by Leah Hennel / COC

WSWC ANNOUNCES FIRST MEDALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Neilly Ross (left) and Paige Rini (right) celebrate after winning Silver and Bronze in Women’s Slalom at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games

History has been made today as Canada celebrates its first medals in Water Ski and Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. National athletes Neilly Ross and Paige Rini showcased their exceptional skills in the Women’s Slalom Finals earlier this morning.

Rini secured the bronze position with a commendable score of 1@10.75m/39off, while Ross earned the silver with a score of 3@10.75m/39off. 

The day is yet to conclude for these two outstanding athletes. Both will face challenging competitors in the Women’s Trick Finals later today. Furthermore, Paige Rini will be showcasing her talent in the Women’s Jump Finals.

When reflecting on today’s competition, Neilly Ross shared, “It was stressful.” Paige resonated with her teammate’s sentiment, “It was, it really was. You always have the podium score at the back of your mind. You don’t want to mess it up. As soon as I passed that score, I just told myself to go for it. Whatever happened, happened and we ended up on the podium.”

Neilly added, “Same for me. We both knew what the podium score would be. After reaching that point, you really have to go for it. We both did just that and now, we’re proud to bring home two medals for Canada.”

The support from their homeland has been a motivation for the athletes. Neilly reached out with a heartfelt message, “Thank you, Canada, for supporting us. We hope as many people as possible can support water skiing. It’s an incredible sport, so many people can get involved in it, and it’s so much fun.”

The spirited Paige Rini expressed her ongoing commitment and dedication, “I have the trick and jump finals coming up for later today. Then, a full day of overall tomorrow. It’s been fun, but it’s not over yet.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is immensely proud of Neilly Ross and Paige Rini for their remarkable achievements. The entire nation eagerly awaits their upcoming performances.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

Neilly Ross slaloming in the Women’s Slalom Finals on October 23, 2023 at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. Photo by Express Media Panam Sports

CANADA’S NEILLY ROSS CURRENTLY 2ND GOING INTO TRICK FINALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Neilly Ross 

Photo by Johnny Hayward / COC

A commendable performance by Canada’s Neilly Ross in the Women’s Trick Prelims at the Santiago Pan American Games has put her in a solid second position going into Finals, with an impressive score of 10,430 points. She’ll be taking to the water in finals tomorrow, October 23, 2023. 

A prodigy in her own right, Santiago holds a special place in Neilly’s heart. “This place is awesome. It means so much to me because when I was 12, I competed in my first World Championships here. It’s the place where I made my first Worlds finals,” Ross reminisced about her journey. Today, she’s come full circle and is poised to make history yet again on the very waters where her international journey began.

Ross spoke candidly after her trick prelims performance, “I’m very excited to have stood up, I’m into the finals and I’m ready to go for it tomorrow and go for the win.” Offering insight into her strategy, she mentioned, “In prelims, it’s a little bit of a different mindset than in finals. In prelims it’s a lot about slowing down a little bit. Making sure you stand up. I wanted to make sure I had some good feelings without trying to go super fast. I was a little bit slower than I wanted to but tomorrow we’ll go for it and be a bit quicker.”

In addition to her trick performance, Ross is also set to compete in the Slalom finals tomorrow. Speaking about juggling two high-intensity finals, Ross enthusiastically shared, “Tomorrow in finals, there’s going to be nerves but I’m going to go for it. You have to go for the gold in both, try to win in everything.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is proud of Neilly Ross’s achievements and is excited to see her give her best in the finals. Fans and supporters can stay updated with all the information they need by visiting the link, https://results-santiago2023.org/#/discipline/WSK/schedule/daily.  

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

CANADA’S DORIEN LLEWELLYN SET TO COMPETE IN FINALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Dorien Llewellyn Competes in the Men’s Jump Prelims on October 22, 2023 at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.
Photo Credit: Express Media / Panam Sports

Canada’s Dorien Llewellyn has made an impressive mark by reaching the finals in both the Men’s Trick and Men’s Jump events at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. This achievement shines even brighter given that it is Dorien’s second Pan American Games appearance.

In the 2019 Lima Pan Am Games, Dorien clinched gold in the men’s overall, silver in tricks, and bronze in jump. This year, he is accompanied by his Coach and father, Jaret Llewellyn, a renowned figure in the sport with 12 Pan Am Games medals under his belt.

Reflecting on his performance today, Dorien stated, “I’ve left a little bit to be desired in both Trick and in Jump.” Speaking about his Trick Prelims, he added, “I went out and stood up both my runs. That’s always the first objective as a trick skier – to stand up and make the finals.” Although currently sitting fourth in Tricks, Dorien remains optimistic. “I’m just on the outside looking in on the podium but it’s an awesome place to be for tomorrow because I get to go out there and put a score down. If I put out a big score, we never know what could happen.”

Discussing the jump prelims, Llewellyn shared, “I went out as the last skier. I haven’t had a ton of jump experience this year from crashing earlier in the year so there was still a little bit of those nerves, a little bit of butterflies.” He confidently adds, “I think I put myself in a good position to put out a big jump tomorrow in the finals.”

Dorien’s resilience shines through as he comments on his journey post-injury. “It’s been challenging for sure coming off of this injury. I’ve basically had a month of training leading up to this.” He continued, “The World Championships was a huge test and this is just another test. Coming to a site I haven’t been to in four years and still having some doubt about what’s the limitations of my body at the moment – it’s challenging. But, I’m going to go out there and give it my best.”

The highly anticipated Jump and Trick Finals are set to take place tomorrow, October 23, 2023. Fans and enthusiasts can see updates, schedules, and results by visiting the link here, https://results-santiago2023.org/#/discipline/WSK/schedule/daily.  

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

CANADA’S PAIGE RINI AND NEILLY ROSS ADVANCE TO SLALOM FINALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Paige Rini of Canada competes in the Women Slalom Prelims during the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games on October 21, 2023. 

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada proudly announces that Paige Rini and Neilly Ross have earned their spots in the Women’s Slalom Finals at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

The Women’s Slalom event kicked off the Water Ski and Wakeboard competitions at this year’s Pan Am Games. The Canadian trio of Paige Rini, Neilly Ross, and Whitney McClintock Rini all tied with impressive scores of 2 buoys at 10.75m/39off.

Due to a unique circumstance and the competition’s rules stating that only two athletes from one nation can progress into the finals, the three Canadian athletes were required to participate in a tension-filled run-off. After a showdown on the water, Rini and Ross emerged victorious, securing their esteemed places in the Women’s Slalom Finals.

Fans and supporters are eagerly awaiting the Women’s Slalom Finals set to take place on Monday, October 23, 2023. As the world tunes in, Canada’s finest will be ready to showcase their talent, hoping to bring home gold.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

Paige Rini Photo by Johnny Hayward / COC

Neilly Ross Photo by Johnny Hayward / COC

Whitney McClintock Rini Photo by Johnny Hayward / COC

CANADA’S WHITNEY MCCLINTOCK RINI HAS UNEXPECTED PRELIMS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Whitney McClintock Rini. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward / COC 

Canada’s impressive showing at the 2023 Santiago Pan Am Games Women’s Slalom Prelims saw an unexpected twist today. Canadian athletes occupied three of the top four positions based on their high scores in the preliminary round.

However, under the current regulations, only two athletes from any one country can progress to the finals. This rule meant that Paige Rini, Neilly Ross, and Whitney McClintock Rini, all having identical scores, had to face a run-off. In a surprising turn of events, the veteran skier McClintock Rini, boasting 14 Pan Am medals spanning four Pan Am Games, did not make it through to the finals. As a result, Ross and Rini secured their places in the Women Slalom Finals.

Whitney McClintock Rini, who became a mother to her son Zane during the COVID pandemic and remarkably reclaimed her position as the second-ranked skier in the world, shared heartfelt sentiments after the competition. Reflecting on the pressures of the sport, she remarked, “There’s more pressure I think at this stage.” However, she remained optimistic about the future of the sport, noting, “I do believe that God has everything under control and I think Paige and Neilly have a huge future in the sport.”

Balancing her disappointment with a broader perspective, McClintock Rini added, “I think life is way more than just sport, and I believe that’s what God’s trying to reveal to me through all of this.” Her recent challenges on the water, including a difficult World Championships just last week, have been a testament to the ups and downs that even the most accomplished athletes face, “Literally within seven days, I’ve had two of my worst tournaments of my career.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada remains proud of all its athletes, and we look forward to supporting Ross and Rini as they represent Canada in the finals. The resilience, skill, and passion displayed by our athletes are truly commendable and are indicative of the bright future Canadian water sports hold.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

CANADIAN WATER SKI ATHLETES SHINE AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team Canada at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

The Canadian Water Ski Team has left a lasting mark at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships, which unfolded from October 10 to 15 at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Florida. The extraordinary dedication and exceptional skill of Canada’s 18 athletes were on full display, resulting in a haul of 10 top 5 finishes, 2 gold medals, 2 bronze medals, and the highly coveted Team Overall silver medal. Every athlete made their nation proud in this thrilling competition.

6-Member Canadian Team:

The 6-Member Canadian Team was on full display as the team not only secured second place behind Team USA (with France taking third), but also participated in eight finals across the slalom, tricks, and jump events. 

Ryan Dodd (AB) demonstrated his talent in the Men’s Jump event. During the preliminary round, he jumped 69m/226ft, securing the top seed. In the Men’s Jump Finals, Ryan delivered a breathtaking first jump of 69.9m/229ft, which earned him the coveted title of World Champion. This remarkable victory marked Ryan’s fifth consecutive World Title, reaffirming his status as a legendary water ski champion.

Dorien Llewellyn (AB) showcased unshakable determination, battling through a foot injury that had kept him sidelined for the majority of the season. Against all odds, he not only qualified for the Men Tricks Finals but also secured a bronze in Men Overall.

Neilly Ross (ON) showcased her exceptional abilities in both Women Slalom and Tricks, securing a respectable 4th place in each event. In the Slalom Finals, she ran 2@10.75m/39off, which tied her for 3rd place but ultimately led to a well-deserved 4th position.

Paige Rini (ON) made an unforgettable debut in the World Jump Finals. Paige also secured a 5th place finish in Women Tricks and a 4th place finish in Women Overall. 

Conley Pinette (BC) left his mark in Men’s Jump, earning a finals spot and finishing in the 9th position.This achievement marked Conley’s highest Worlds placement and is a testament to his dedication and growing expertise.

Whitney McClintock Rini (ON), despite an unfortunate early fall in the finals, played a pivotal role in ensuring Team Canada’s overall placement, demonstrating her commitment to the team’s success.

Canadian Individual Athletes: 

Jaimee Bull (ON) entered the competition as the reigning World Champion in Women Slalom and added another feather to her cap by securing the back-to-back World Championship Title. 

Stephen Neveu (AB) exhibited his finesse in Men’s Slalom, earning his first World Medal with a Bronze and achieving an impressive score of 3@10.25m/41off.

Cole McCormick (ON) marked his debut in a Worlds Final with a remarkable performance in Men Slalom, securing the 4th position with a score of 3@10.75m/41off.

Olivia Chute (NS) showcased her skills by reaching the Women Tricks Finals, marking her first appearance in a World Finals and finishing in the 9th position.

Hannah Stopnicki (QC) made a remarkable impression during her first Open Worlds. She exceeded expectations in the preliminary rounds, setting a personal best with a score of 7260 points, the first time she tricked over 7000. This achievement secured her a spot in the Women Tricks Final, where she finished in 10th place.

Megan Pelkey (AB) marked her inaugural World Championships, showcasing the bright future of Canadian water skiing.

Dominique Grondin-Allard (QC) was a force in Women Jump, entering the finals as the second seed, her jump measuring 51.9m/170ft.

Thomas Daigle (QC) made an impactful debut, jumping an astounding 61.1m/200ft in Men Jump – a personal best and first time jumping 200 feet. 

Carter Lucas (SK), on his first World Championships appearance, leaped 57.7m/189ft in Men Jump prelims.

Charlie Ross (ON) in his second World Championships appearance scored a commendable 3.5@10.75m/39off in Men Slalom.

Jamie Calhoun (ON), in his second World Championships, scored 3@10.75m/39off in Men Slalom.

Bradley Gibbons (AB), a fresh face in the Men Slalom event, made his mark at his debut World Championships.

Water Ski Canada commends every athlete for their unwavering commitment, resilience, and exceptional skill. Their achievements serve as an inspiration to future generations and reinforce Canada’s position as a dominant force in the world of waterskiing.

About Water Ski Canada

Water Ski Canada is the national governing body for water skiing in Canada. Our mission is to promote, foster, and develop the sport of water skiing in all its forms throughout the country. We support athletes at all levels, from grassroots to high performance, and work to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all participants. 

Thank you to MyFamily Pets Canada and MyFamily Pets for the Team Canada Uniform sponsorship. 

Compete Results, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/23IWWF13/ 

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Team Canada at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

ALBERTANS FIND SUCCESS AT 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH 3 MEDALS

Ryan Dodd, Stephen Neveu and Dorien Llewellyn competing at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

The 2023 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) World Waterski Championships concluded on October 15th at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Florida. Water Ski Canada proudly announces that three Albertans have clinched medals, showcasing Canada’s strong presence in the global water ski scene.

Stephen Neveu’s Slalom Triumph

Making waves in Men’s Slalom, Stephen Neveu clinched his first-ever World Championships medal, a commendable bronze. Battling through challenging water conditions, Neveu’s determination shone brightly as he delivered a remarkable score of 3@10.25m/41off. This achievement marks a monumental milestone in Neveu’s water skiing career, proving his place amongst the world’s elite.

Ryan Dodd’s Legendary Feat in Men Jump

Demonstrating unshakable consistency and unparalleled skill, Ryan Dodd emerged as a 5-time World Champion in Men Jump. Dodd’s victory is even more astonishing considering that in the last five world championships, he has seized victory on his first jump in four of these events and on his second jump in one. With a commanding jump of 69.9m/229ft, Dodd added the 2023 title to his previous wins in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021, further solidifying his legacy in the sport.

Dorien Llewellyn’s Outstanding Comeback

After grappling with a foot injury that took him off the water for much of the season, Dorien Llewellyn made a grand comeback at the World Championships. Winning his second World Overall medal in addition to an impressive 4th place in Men Tricks. Llewellyn’s resilience and invincible spirit, especially in the face of adversity, is truly commendable.

As the sun sets on the 2023 Championships, Water Ski Canada and the entire Canadian water ski community celebrate the triumphant performances of their athletes and look forward to even more successes in the future.

About Water Ski Canada

Water Ski Canada is the national governing body for water skiing in Canada. Our mission is to promote, foster, and develop the sport of water skiing in all its forms throughout the country. We support athletes at all levels, from grassroots to high performance, and work to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all participants. 

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TEAM CANADA WINS SILVER AND INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team Canada Wins Silver at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. From Left to Right: Neilly Ross, Paige Rini, Whitney McClintock Rini, Ryan Dodd, Conley Pinette, Dorien Llewellyn. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Water Ski Canada proudly announces that Team Canada has emerged triumphant with a silver medal at the 2023 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) World Waterski Championships held at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Florida from October 10 to 15, 2023.

The six-member Canadian Team was on full display as the team not only secured second place behind Team USA (with France taking third), but also participated in eight finals across the slalom, tricks, and jump events.

Highlighting the individual accomplishments:

Ryan Dodd (AB) showcased a spectacular performance to be crowned the 2023 Men Jump World Champion for the fifth time in a row.

Dorien Llewellyn (AB) demonstrated impressive skills, placing 4th in Men Tricks and clinching the title of 2023 Men Overall World Bronze Medalist.

Neilly Ross (ON) showed consistent excellence by placing 4th in both the Women Tricks and Women Slalom events.

Paige Rini (ON) secured a commendable 5th place in Women Tricks and 4th in Women Overall.

Contributions from both Conley Pinette (BC) and Whitney McClintock Rini (ON) played a pivotal role in ensuring Team Canada’s overall placement.

“Our athletes have once again showcased the depth of talent we possess in Canada. From individual accolades to team contributions, this Championship has been a testament to the dedication, passion, and hard work of our team. We’re incredibly proud of their achievements.” said Water Ski Canada representative. 

Water Ski Canada extends its warm congratulations to Team USA on their gold medal finish and to Team France for their bronze achievement.

To all the athletes, supporters, sponsors, and fans nationwide, we express our deepest gratitude. Your belief and backing have been instrumental in this journey, and we eagerly anticipate more shared successes in the future.

About Water Ski Canada

Water Ski Canada is the national governing body for water skiing in Canada. Our mission is to promote, foster, and develop the sport of water skiing in all its forms throughout the country. We support athletes at all levels, from grassroots to high performance, and work to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all participants. 

Results, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF13&page=overall_team_classification 

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