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

ALBERTA’S STEPHEN NEVEU WINS FIRST EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDAL

Stephen Neveu Slaloms during the Men Slalom Finals at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski Canada proudly celebrates Alberta’s very own Stephen Neveu as he secures his first-ever World Championship medal with a bronze in Men Slalom at the prestigious 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships held at Sunset Lakes, Groveland, FL.

In the face of challenging conditions, Stephen demonstrated exceptional skill, finesse, and determination during today’s finals. His outstanding performance saw him achieve a score of 3@10.25m/41off, a testament to his dedication and commitment to the sport.

The 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships, which took place from October 10-15, is an esteemed event attracting over 200 of the world’s best water skiers. 

Stephen Neveu’s win is not just an individual triumph but also a proud moment for the entire Canadian water skiing community. As the season concludes, his victory leaves a mark, setting the tone for the upcoming athletes and adding another chapter to the history of Canadian water skiing.

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=men_slalom_results 

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Stephen Neveu on the Men Slalom Podium at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

ONTARIO’S JAIMEE BULL CLINCHES BACK-TO-BACK WORLD TITLES

Jaimee Bull Slaloms during Women Slalom Finals at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Water Ski Canada is elated to announce that North Bay, Ontario’s tremendous water skier, Jaimee Bull, has made Canada proud by securing her second consecutive World Title in Women’s Slalom at the 2023 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) World Waterski Championships.

The prestigious competition, which took place from October 10-15 at the beautiful Sunset Lakes in Groveland, FL, saw participants from all over the globe vying for the top spot. But it was Jaimee’s unparalleled skill and determination that led her to defend her World Championship Title, even amidst challenging conditions.

Delivering an impeccable performance, Jaimee scored 3.5@10.75m/39off. With this score, she not only secured her position at the top but also solidified her reputation as one of the leading water skiers of her generation.

This win further cements Jaimee’s position as a dominant force in the water skiing world. As she celebrates her second World Title, Water Ski Canada and the entire nation applaud her dedication, hard work, and the sheer talent she brings to the water.

We look forward to supporting Jaimee and all our Canadian water skiers as they continue to push boundaries, set new records, and represent our nation with pride on the global stage.

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=women_slalom_results 

More photos of skiers are available on Getty Images, https://www.gettyimages.ca/search/photographer?photographer=Johnny%20Hayward

Jaimee Bull on top of the Women Slalom Podium at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Jaimee Bull Celebrates her Win in Women Slalom at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

ALBERTA’S RYAN DODD CROWNED WORLD CHAMPION

Ryan Dodd Jumping at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski Canada proudly announces that Alberta’s very own Ryan Dodd has clinched the top spot at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. With a stellar performance in the Open Men Jump Finals, Ryan jumped 69.9m/229ft to secure the win. 

Competing against the world’s best, Ryan was the final skier off the dock, and he proved why he is the reigning champion by winning on his very first jump. This win is not just another feather in Ryan’s cap; it’s a testament to his unparalleled consistency and skill, marking his 5th consecutive World Championships victory.

Having previously dominated the World Championships in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021, Ryan’s 2023 win cements his status as a waterski legend.

“We have always been immensely proud of Ryan, and today is no different. His hard work, dedication, and unmatched talent have brought great pride to Canada. This 5th consecutive win further showcases his incredible skill and determination.” said Water Ski Canada representative. 

As celebrations ensue, Water Ski Canada takes this opportunity to congratulate all participants of the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. It’s the spirit of competition and the relentless pursuit of excellence by athletes like Ryan that continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in waterskiing.

Water Ski Canada invites everyone to join in congratulating Ryan Dodd on this monumental achievement and wishes him even more success in future endeavors.

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=men_jump_results 

More photos of skiers are available on Getty Images, https://www.gettyimages.ca/search/photographer?photographer=Johnny%20Hayward 

Ryan Dodd Celebrates his World Championships victory with family. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Ryan Dodd jumps during Open Men Jump Finals at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Ryan Dodd on top of the Men Jump Podium at the IWWF World Waterski Championship. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

 

4 CANADIANS SET TO COMPETE IN JUMP FINALS AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dominique Grondin Allard competes in the Women Jump Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Water Ski Canada proudly announces the qualification of several of its distinguished athletes for the Open Men Jump and Open Women Jump Finals at the 2023 IWWF Water Ski Championships.

From Alberta, both Ryan Dodd and Dorien Llewellyn have showcased outstanding performances. Ryan, with a preliminary round score of 69m/226ft, is poised at top seed as he progresses to the finals. 

Not to be outdone, British Columbia’s Conley Pinette also soared through the preliminary round with a score of 64.4m/211ft, marking his position at 11th as he heads into the final round.

In the women’s category, Quebec’s Dominique Grondin Allard and Ontario’s Paige Rini have secured their spots in the Open Women Jump Finals. Dominique has achieved a preliminary score of 51.9m/170ft, which has placed her in 2nd place going into the finals. Meanwhile, Paige Rini had a preliminary score of 46.3m/152ft and will be competing from the 10th position in the finals.

“These athletes represent the dedication, talent, and spirit of Water Ski Canada. Their accomplishments so far are a testament to their hard work and the strong support system back home. We are incredibly proud and eagerly await their performances in the finals,” said Water Ski Canada Representative.

The sporting community and fans worldwide are set to witness these exceptional athletes in action at the Jump Finals scheduled for Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Sunset Lakes, Groveland, Florida.

In addition to the thrilling Jump Finals, attendees will also be treated to the Slalom Finals, promising an exhilarating day of top-tier water skiing competition.

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/classic/23IWWF13/ 

More photos of skiers are available on Getty Images, https://www.gettyimages.ca/search/photographer?photographer=Johnny%20Hayward

Ryan Dodd Competes in Men Jump Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Paige Rini Competes in the Women Jump Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Conley Pinette Competes in the Men Jump Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

5 CANADIAN ATHLETES SET TO COMPETE IN SLALOM FINALS AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Stephen Neveu Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

The excitement was evident at Sunset Lakes today as the Slalom Prelims of the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships came to a close. Both the Open Women and Open Men showcased their finesse and skill on the water.

Canada proudly celebrates its five athletes who have powered their way into the Slalom Finals:

  1. Jaimee Bull of Ontario showcased exceptional skill, securing the 4th position in the Open Women Slalom Prelims with a score of 3.5@10.75m/39off.
  2. Whitney McClintock Rini also from Ontario, clinched her place in the Open Women Slalom Finals with a score of 2.5@10.75m/39off, positioning her 5th overall.
  3. Neilly Ross, another Ontario gem, booked her Finals berth in the Open Women Slalom Finals with a commendable score of 2@10.75m/39off, landing her in the 7th position.
  4. From Alberta, Stephen Neveu turned heads in the Open Men Slalom Prelims, securing his finals spot with a score of 3@10.25m/41off. He currently sits comfortably tied in the 4th place.
  5. Cole McCormick of Ontario demonstrated grit and determination. After achieving 2@10.25m/41off in the Open Men Slalom Prelims, he faced an eight-person run-off for the last two finals spots. Undeterred, he achieved 2.5@10.25m/41off, clinching one of the coveted spots.

Water Ski Canada is eagerly anticipating the Open Women and Open Men Slalom Finals, set to take place on Sunday, October 15th, 2023. We invite fans, supporters, and water ski enthusiasts to join us in cheering on our remarkable athletes.

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. 

For complete results, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF13&page=TimeTable  

More photos of skiers are available on Getty Images, https://www.gettyimages.ca/search/photographer?photographer=Johnny%20Hayward

Cole McCormick Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Jaimee Bull Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Whitney McClintock Rini Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Neilly Ross Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

FIVE CANADIAN WATER SKI ATHLETES MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE TRICK FINALS AT THE 2023 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dorien Llewellyn Tricks during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

The anticipation is palpable as the first day of finals at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships is set to commence tomorrow at Sunset Lakes. Canada is proudly represented by four exceptional athletes in the Open Women and Open Men Tricks Finals.

Dorien Llewellyn from Alberta, with an impressive score of 10,540 points in the Trick Prelims, will be vying for a top spot in the Open Men Tricks Finals. Currently ranked 9th going into finals, Dorien is determined to elevate his standing.

On the women’s side, Neilly Ross of Ontario has secured her position in the Open Women Tricks Finals with a score of 10,430 points. Neilly currently stands at 2nd place, showcasing Canada’s strong presence in the competition.

Also representing Ontario is Paige Rini, who made her mark in the Trick Prelims with 9,030 points. As she heads into the finals, Rini is currently positioned at 6th place and is geared up to deliver an impressive performance.

Nova Scotia’s Olivia Chute, having scored 7,510 points in the prelims is the fourth Canadian to secure a spot in finals. As she prepares for the Open Women Tricks Finals, Olivia is positioned at 11th place. This is Olivia’s first Open Worlds Finals. 

Quebec’s Hannah Stopnicki scored a personal best of 7260pts in the prelims to punch her ticket into the Open Women Tricks Final. This is Hannah’s first Open Worlds and she has made it through to the finals. Hannah will be positioned 12th going into the finals. 

These dedicated athletes will be showcasing their skills on the water tomorrow, Saturday, September 14th, 2023. Canada’s waterski community and fans nationwide eagerly await their performances, confident in their ability to make the nation proud.

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. 

For complete results, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF13&page=women_tricks_results 

More photos of skiers are available on Getty Images, https://www.gettyimages.ca/search/photographer?photographer=Johnny%20Hayward

Paige Rini Tricks during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Neilly Ross Tricks during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography