TEAM CANADA GEARS UP FOR THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS IN CALIFORNIA


Team Canada Gears Up for the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships in California!

We’re buzzing with excitement as the championship is right around the corner! Our remarkable athletes have completed their familiarization rounds, and we’re all set. It’s GO TIME!

Competition Details:

  • Date: September 14th to September 17th
  • Time: Starts at 8am (PT)

Catch the Thrill Live! Eager to be a part of this adrenaline-packed event? Dive into the live webcast and keep up with real-time results. Every moment promises unparalleled excitement, and you won’t want to miss any of it!

For all the details on the competition, including the full schedule, live results, and the link to the webcast, navigate to the links below.

A Shout Out to the Athletes: Best of luck to everyone participating. You’ve got an entire nation cheering you on. Go Canada Go!

Support Team Canada’s Journey: Our athletes give it their all, both in the water and out. To continue their journey towards excellence, we welcome your support. Team Canada is graciously accepting donations, which will aid our athletes as they compete in the World Championships. Every bit helps!

  • CLICK HERE to donate towards the Adaptive Water Ski National Team to help fund their trip to the World Championships.

Exclusive Online Auction: An exquisite piece of art by Team Member, Ryan Riehl, is up for grabs! This unique painting is available for bidding and will remain so until Monday, September 18th. Make sure you place your bid and stand a chance to own this masterpiece.

  • CLICK HERE to place your bid on the one-of-a-kind painting.

Don’t let this moment pass you by! Support, cheer, and be a part of Team Canada’s journey to glory.

NOLAN BARNES SET TO COMPETE AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada Announces Nolan Barnes’ Participation in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships

Adaptive Water Ski Canada proudly announces that Nolan Barnes will represent Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. The world-renowned event is set to take place in Elk Grove, California, from September 14th to September 17th.

Nolan Barnes, a prominent figure in the world of water skiing, has an inspirational journey that speaks volumes about resilience and passion. A mere few days after being discharged from the hospital due to a severe back injury in the summer of 2010, Nolan took to water skiing. “I had never imagined to be competing on the national team someday, or for it all to happen so soon,” he shares.

Over the years, Nolan has proved his mettle in the sport. A three-event water skier, he has amassed numerous national medals. In 2019, he clinched his first international medal in Norway at the Disabled Waterski World Championships. But that was just the beginning. In the same year, Nolan achieved his dream of breaking the MP two slalom world record, an ambition he had held since 2015. This accolade was soon followed by a second overall placement at the world championships.

This year, owing to a recent injury, Nolan will focus solely on the trick event. “It’s the easiest on my ankle,” he explains. However, his ambitions remain undimmed as he is tantalizingly close to shattering the trick world record. “I had my eyes set on that all summer long,” Nolan adds.

Water skiing has transformed Nolan’s life perspective. He mentions, “Water skiing has given me a new look on life, and I couldn’t imagine where I would be without it.”

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

JONATHAN SIESWERDA REPRESENTS CANADA AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Adaptive Water Ski Canada proudly presents Jonathan Sieswerda as one of its distinguished athletes, set to represent Canada at the upcoming 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. The event, which commences on September 14th and continues until September 17th, will be hosted in Elk Grove, California.

Athlete Profile:

Age: 22 years

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Division: Men’s V2

Events: Slalom, Trick, and Jump

Personal Best in Trick: 400pts

Jonathan Sieswerda stands as a testament to the human spirit’s resilience. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, this young sensation has taken the adaptive water ski world by storm. Born visually impaired, Jonathan only has peripheral vision, but that hasn’t stopped him from chasing and achieving his dreams.

Jonathan made his foray into the water ski community just two years ago during a ‘Give it a Go Day’ in the spring of 2021. Since that fateful day, there’s been no stopping him. He participates with zeal in all three main events – slalom, trick, and jump – under the Men’s V2 division.

Greatest Accomplishments:

  • Mastered the challenging O-move on the trick ski.
  • On the brink of marking his first successful jump.

Memorable Moments:

For Jonathan, the journey is as significant as the destination. His participation in the 2021 US Nationals wasn’t just about the competition, but also about the lasting bonds he formed. His fondest memory from the event is the countless inspiring individuals he met and the camaraderie they shared.

Future Goals:

Jonathan’s ambition is sky-high. His primary objectives include:

  • Successfully landing his first jump.
  • Mastering a wide range of tricks to further enhance his skillset.
  • Establishing himself as a dominant competitor in the slalom event.

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

PHIL KERR REPRESENTS CANADA AT 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce that Phil Kerr, a renowned name in the adaptive water skiing community, will be representing Canada at the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. This prestigious event will take place in Elk Grove, California, from September 14th to September 17th.

Athlete Profile: 

Division: Men’s MP4

Events: Slalom, Trick, and Jump

Age: 35

Hometown: Ontario

About Phil:

Phil Kerr is much more than an athlete; he is an inspiration. With roots in Ontario, the 35-year-old, despite facing life as a T12 paraplegic since 2002, has demonstrated an unwavering spirit in the world of adaptive water skiing. Participating in the MP4 division, Phil has proved his mettle in all events including slalom, trick, and jump.

Introduced to the water sports community by close friends, Phil’s journey from the local waters to the global stage serves as a beacon of hope, resilience, and unyielding passion.

Major Achievements:

  • 2018 Adaptive Worlds Wakeboard Champion: Phil broadened Canada’s horizon by grabbing this esteemed title.
  • Two-Time National Adaptive Wakeboard Champion: An epitome of excellence, Phil has claimed this title twice, underlining his supreme skills.
  • 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships Qualifier: His recent qualification for this grand event is a testament to his continuous pursuit of greatness.

Memorable Moments:

For Kerr, the journey is as beautiful as the destination. He treasures memories from training camps, where bonds with teammates were forged and strengthened.

Looking Ahead:

With a clear focus on the future, Phil aspires to be instrumental in bringing home the gold for Team Canada at the Championships. Given his illustrious career and steadfast determination, there’s a palpable sense of optimism among his supporters.

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

ROB GOSSE SET TO COMPETE AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada Announces Rob Gosse’s Participation in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce that Rob Gosse will be representing Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships held in Elk Grove, California. The competition is scheduled from September 14th to September 17th, and the world is eagerly waiting to witness the spectacular performance of athletes like Gosse.

Athlete Profile:

Division: Men’s MP5

Events: Slalom, Trick, Jump

Personal Bests:

  • Slalom: 1.5 buoys
  • Trick: 900pts
  • Jump: 8.25m

Age: 50 years

Hometown: Langley, BC

About Rob Gosse:

From the picturesque town of Langley, BC, Rob Gosse is not merely an athlete. He embodies resilience, determination, and the undying spirit of an individual who turns challenges into opportunities. Rob’s life took an unexpected turn 17 years ago when he became a paraplegic. But instead of letting that define him, Rob channeled his energy into adaptive sports, making a mark on both the snow and the water.

Initially drawn to the adrenaline rush of alpine slopes, Rob later discovered the exhilarating world of water skiing. Within no time, the waters became his playground, and Rob has since been an inspiration to many, proving that with dedication and passion, there are no limits.

As Rob readies himself to compete in the Men’s MP5 division for slalom, trick, and jump, the nation stands behind him, cheering for another stellar performance that showcases not just his talent but the power of the human spirit.

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

BRAESON SCHACHER SET TO REPRESENT CANADA AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Adaptive Water Ski Canada proudly presents Braeson Ty Schacher, representing Team Canada in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships from September 14th to 17th.

Athlete Profile: 

Division: Men’s MP5

Events: Slalom, Trick, and Jump

Personal Bests:

  • Slalom: 5@40km
  • Trick: 1410pts
  • Jump: 20.6m

About Braeson Ty Schacher

A 27-year-old dynamo from Lethbridge, Alberta, Braeson’s journey in adaptive water skiing is nothing short of inspiring. Facing a bilateral below-knee amputation in 2014, Braeson’s indomitable spirit shone through as he redirected his energy, diving into water skiing headfirst. In just three years, he has risen as a promising athlete in the community.

Introduced to the sport by snow ski buddies, Braeson’s affection for water skiing is evident both in his participation and his coaching endeavors. He’s more than an athlete; he’s a mentor, guiding young aspirants on their own skiing journeys. Away from the waters, he continues to impress with his prowess in CrossFit, wearing the badge of ‘Fittest Adaptive Athlete in Canada’.

This September, the world will witness Braeson’s skills at the IWWF Championships. His journey from a challenging amputation to a distinguished adaptive athlete is a beacon of inspiration, underlining the message that passion and determination can help conquer any challenge.

Greatest Accomplishments

In 2022, Braeson was honoured with the title of the WSWC Adaptive Male Development Athlete of the Year. Beyond water skiing, he showcased his tenacity in the CrossFit Open, clinching the title of the Fittest Adaptive Athlete in Canada.

Memorable Moments

Among Braeson’s numerous accolades and achievements, he fondly recalls trick skiing for the first time alongside peers Nolan, Rae-Lee, and Nat – moments that reaffirm his love for the sport.

Looking Ahead

With clear ambitions, Braeson’s vision for the future includes setting world records in Slalom, Trick, and Jump events, aiming to etch his name among the legends of adaptive water skiing.

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

MARILOU ALLARD SET TO REPRESENT CANADA AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada proudly announces the participation of Marilou Allard, the promising athlete from Labelle, Quebec, representing Team Canada in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. The competition is set to commence from September 14th to September 17th in Elk Grove, California.

Athlete Profile:

Name: Marilou Allard

Age: 21 years

Hometown: Labelle, Quebec

Division: A/L2

Events: Slalom, Trick, and Jump

Personal Bests: 

  • Slalom (2@55km)
  • Trick (1360pts)
  • Jump (15.1m)

Marilou is a stand out in the A/L2 division of adaptive water skiing. With over ten years of commitment to the sport, Marilou boasts impressive performances in slalom, trick, and jump events. It’s no wonder that water skiing is embedded in her DNA, passed on by parents who shared a deep connection with the sport. Despite initially being reluctant to embrace the sport, she was soon consumed by its captivating charm, forming deep bonds and reveling in every moment on the water.

Marilou’s journey hasn’t been without its hurdles. Diagnosed with dyspraxia at a young age, which affects coordination, she has worked tirelessly to overcome the challenges it presents, especially in a sport that demands precision. 2023 became a transformative year for her as she transitioned to the adaptive category. With unwavering grit, Marilou set two world records in her debut adaptive tournament during the 2023 Canadian Water Ski Championships.

Marilou cherishes the memories made during the 2022 Nationals, where she forged strong connections with fellow participants and reveled in the sheer joy of the sport. Looking ahead, she aims for classification in her division, setting new records, and creating moments that she, and Canada, can hold dear.

For those who wish to cheer for Marilou and Team Canada, catch the live results and schedule at: https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and webcast at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada: 

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is a leading organization committed to promoting and developing adaptive water skiing in Canada, supporting athletes to reach their full potential on the international stage.

GORD TUCK REPRESENTS CANADA AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada Proudly Announces Gord Tuck’s Participation in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is elated to announce that Gord Tuck, the epitome of resilience and dedication, will represent Canada in the upcoming IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. The Championships are scheduled to take place from September 14th to 17th in Elk Grove, California.

Athlete Profile:

Name: Gord Tuck

Division: Men’s L

Events: Slalom

Age: 50 years

Hometown: Lake Cowichan, BC

About Gord:

With his initiation into water skiing in 2003, Gord never initially saw it as a path to competition. Instead, it was a summer cross-training complement to his already established prowess in the paralympic alpine skiing world cup team. From 2003 to 2015, Gord’s trajectory within the adaptive water skiing community has been nothing short of meteoric, firmly establishing him as a force to be reckoned with.

Yet, his achievements on water are only a part of his awe-inspiring story. Living as a left leg amputee for 32 years, Gord exemplifies the spirit of endurance and undeterred passion. The year 2015 saw Gord briefly step away from the competitive arena, but like any true athlete, the call of the waves was irresistible. This year marks his spectacular return, echoing his undying love for the sport and unparalleled commitment.

Greatest Accomplishments:

Gord’s defining moment in water skiing came when he secured the bronze medal in Slalom at the World Championships. A testament to his skill, tenacity, and dedication.

Tune in Live:

The entire nation is eagerly looking forward to cheering for Gord as he showcases his immense talent once again on the world stage. To catch Gord and other world-class athletes live in action, please refer to the following:

Live Results and Schedule: https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ 

Live Webcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ 

Adaptive Water Ski Canada calls upon all supporters to rally behind Gord Tuck as he once again wears the maple leaf with pride, exemplifying Canadian grit and determination.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is dedicated to promoting and facilitating water skiing for individuals with disabilities. Through events, training, and competitions, the organization strives to bring inclusivity to the sport, allowing athletes like Gord to shine on the global stage.

ASHLEY BAERG REPRESENTS CANADA AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce that Ashley Baerg, one of Canada’s finest water ski athletes, will be representing the nation at the highly-anticipated 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships in Elk Grove, California. The event kicks off on September 14th and continues until September 17th.

ATHLETE PROFILE: 

Name: Ashley Baerg

Division: Women’s MP5

Events: Slalom, Trick, and Jump

Personal Bests:

  • Slalom: 6@34km
  • Trick: 1080pts
  • Jump: 17.9m (A standing World Record)

Age: 33

Hometown: Dalmeny, Saskatchewan

About Ashley:

Born with Spina Bifida, Ashley has never let her condition deter her from chasing her passions. Her journey into the world of water skiing began a decade ago, coinciding with her involvement in wheelchair basketball. From that fateful moment, there was no looking back for her. With the lure of the water, the thrill of the speed, and the challenge, Ashley’s commitment to the sport has been unwavering.

Greatest Accomplishments:

Ashley’s exemplary achievements speak for themselves. A 2x Jump World Record Holder, she has etched her name in the annals of the sport with her record-setting feats in 2017 and 2018. Moreover, she has dominated as the World Jump Champion since 2013.

Memorable Moments:

Each ski ride holds a special place in Ashley’s heart, but a few moments stand out. The euphoria of breaking the world record in the jump in 2017 remains unmatched for her, describing it as “the rush, the sheer joy, and the testament to my hard work.” Not to forget her debut at the World Championships, where every ski on the water deepened her connection to the sport and each record she shattered added fuel to her fiery passion.

Future Goals:

For Ashley, the journey is never-ending. She aims to set new benchmarks by attempting to break the world records in both the trick and slalom categories, and she has her sights set on further elevating her standing world jump record.

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

ONTARIO’S JON THURSTON SET TO COMPETE AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jon Thurston Slalom Skiing. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Adaptive Water Ski Canada Celebrates Jon Thurston’s Participation in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships

Adaptive Water Ski Canada proudly announces the participation of National Team Member, Jon Thurston, at the forthcoming 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. Set to take place from September 11-17, 2023, in Elk Grove, California, Jon will be among the 14 stellar athletes representing Canada.

Athlete Profile:

Name: Jon Thurston

Division: Men’s MP3

Events: Slalom & Trick

Personal Best in Slalom: 2.25@49km

Personal Best in Trick: 640pts

Age: 38

Hometown: Dunsford, Ontario

About Jon Thurston:

From the shores of Dunsford, Ontario, Jon Thurston exemplifies the spirit of overcoming adversity and embracing one’s passion. Competing in the Men’s MP3 division, Jon’s prowess in both the slalom and trick events is marked by a seamless union of technique and determination.

Jon’s journey in water skiing began four years ago, recommended by his Physio assistant. Despite the trials he faced after becoming paraplegic due to a T10 injury 15 years ago, he quickly rose to prominence in the sport. After being introduced to water skiing, a close-knit collaboration with the National Coaching Staff saw him training at a development camp in Florida in 2018.

Significant Achievements:

Jon recently clinched a Gold medal in Slalom at the 2023 Canadian Championships and secured a Silver in the 2022 Canadian Championships.

Memorable Moments:

Beyond his many accolades, Jon treasures representing Canada at the 2019 World Championships in Norway as a pivotal moment in his career.

Future Ambitions:

The 2023 World Championships are on Jon’s radar as he aims to surpass his personal bests in both the slalom and trick events. Continually breaking barriers, Jon Thurston stands as a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration, not only for aspiring athletes but for anyone with dreams.

For more details about the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships, please visit https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is dedicated to the promotion and development of water skiing for individuals with disabilities, fostering a community of passion, determination, and spirit.

Jon Thurston Trick Skiing at the 2019 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships.