2023 WSWC WAKESKATE RIDER OF THE YEAR

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WSWC is proud to announce Jordan Sullivan as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Wakeskate Rider of the Year! 

From designing top-notch cable park setups to snagging podium finishes internationally, Jordan’s year was nothing short of phenomenal! 

He dominated competitions, including 1st place at Canadian Park Nationals and 3rd at Cable Park Worlds! He rode 7 cables in 14 days road tripping across Florida and he filmed over 30 Instagram reels. Doing all of this on his hand-built wakeskates! 

 Congratulations, Jordan, on a great year! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is stoked to announce Coti Scaglia as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Female Wake Park Rider of the Year! 

From dominating Canadian Nationals to throwing down at a Red Bull invite-only event in Milan, and even filming for Coalition Vol. 10, Coti’s been on fire! 

Huge Congratulations, Coti! 

2023 WSWC MALE WAKEBOARD RIDER OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

WSWC is excited to announce Hunter Smith as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Male Wakeboard Rider of the Year! 

Hunter clinched 2nd place at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, showcasing his talent and dedication to the sport. Huge congratulations to Hunter for an incredible season on the water! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE WAKEBOARD RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is thrilled to announce Ashley Leugner as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Female Wakeboard Rider of the Year! Congratulations, Ashley, on an amazing year filled with remarkable achievements and incredible performances on the water!

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WSWC a le plaisir d’annoncer qu’Ashley Leugner est la planchiste féminine de l’année 2023 de WSWC Planche Canada ! Félicitations, Ashley, pour une année étonnante remplie de réalisations remarquables et de performances incroyables sur l’eau !

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2023 WSWC MALE BAREFOOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is thrilled to spotlight Brem Allen as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Male Barefoot Athlete of the Year Award. His journey from the waters of his childhood to the pinnacle of international competition is a testament to dedication, passion and talent. 

Born into a water skiing family, Brem’s attraction to the sport blossomed at a young age. His natural talent was evident from the start. Brem made his mark on the international stage, representing Canada in numerous World Barefoot Championships, including his first appearance in 2006 in Washington as part of the Canadian Junior Team. Since then, he has made notable appearances in Australia, Wisconsin, and Ontario. 

Brem’s achievements in barefoot water skiing are nothing short of extraordinary. As the current Canadian Open Men’s jump record holder, with a distance of 26m, and a seven-time Canadian Open Men’s Champion, his dominance on the water is unparalleled. His consistent podium finishes at the National Championships, including three consecutive victories, solidify his status as a true champion in the sport. 

While Brem’s accomplishments on the water are commendable, his impact extends far beyond the waves. As a Professional Arborist, he manages his own business and shares his expertise as a teacher at Sir Sanford Fleming College. Brem’s commitment to excellence transcends his athletic pursuits, embodying the values of hard work, perseverance, and dedication in every aspect of his life. 

Despite his busy schedule, Brem finds time to nurture his passion for water skiing and share it with his family. His dedication to the sport is exemplified by his efforts to introduce his baby girl to the thrill of water skiing, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. 

Brem’s remarkable journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes and a testament to the limitless potential of human endeavor. Congratulations to Brem Allen on this well-deserved accolade! 

2023 WSWC JUNIOR BAREFOOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is thrilled to announce Simon Sickinger as the recipient of the 2023 Junior Barefoot Athlete of the Year award. Simon’s journey into the world of watersports began at a young age and eventually led him to excel in barefoot skiing and represent Canada on the international stage. 

Growing up in Muskoka, Simon Sickinger was no stranger to the allure of sport. From hockey to downhill skiing, and mountain biking, Simon embraced a variety of sports with enthusiasm. However, it was his introduction to water skiing at the age of 5 that sparked his passion for the water. By the age of 8, Simon was already barefooting alongside his siblings on Lake of Bays, Muskoka. 

Simon’s journey in barefooting took a significant turn at the age of 14 when he began working at Lake of Bays Marina, where he was fortunate to meet Liam Alrich, a professional water skier and the owner of the marina. Under Liam’s guidance, Simon honed his barefoot skills, dedicating countless hours of training. Liman’s unwavering commitment to the sport and his tireless efforts to mentor Simon and other enthusiasts left an indelible mark on Simon’s journey. From here, Simon ventured into competitive barefoot skiing, participating in competitions locally and internationally. His journey reached new heights in February 2023 when he was a member of the Junior Team representing Canada at the World Barefoot Waterski Championships in Australia. 

Along the way, Simon has made many great friendships from around the world. The camaraderie within the barefoot community serves as a testament to the sport’s inclusive and supportive nature. 

Congratulations to Simon on this well deserved award! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE ADAPTIVE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

It is with immense pride and honor that we announce Saskatchewan’s Ashley Baerg as the 2023 WSWC Female Adaptive Water Ski Athlete of the Year. Ashley’s journey in the sport is a testament to her resilience, dedication, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

After a brief hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley rekindled her passion for water skiing and embarked on a remarkable journey of skill refinement and athletic achievement. Her training began in April at our High-Performance Camp in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she honed her abilities on the water. Continuing her rigorous pursuit of success, Ashley further trained in her hometown of Saskatoon at the Saskatoon Water Ski Club, enhancing her skills in preparation for the Canadian Nationals.

Ashley’s dedication to her craft was evident as she joined the High-Performance week-long camp in Lacombe, AB, leading up to Nationals, where she competed in all three events. She solidified her position as a key member of the World Championships Team in Sacramento, California, participating in the pre-worlds camp at Lakeside Ranch and showcasing her skills in a local tournament at Bell Aqua Lake.

At the pinnacle of her achievements, Ashley emerged as Canada’s top female team score contributor at the Worlds, contributing a remarkable 2,411.85 points, representing 22.54% of Canada’s total team score. Her stellar performance included securing the bronze in Slalom, a 5th-place finish in tricks, and an impressive 2nd place in Jump. Additionally, she attained the 2nd position in overall points in the seated women category, solidifying her status as a leading figure in adaptive water skiing.

Beyond her athletic prowess, Ashley serves as an exemplary role model, embodying the values of the Adaptive Water Ski Team through her sportsmanship and fair play. Her dedication to excellence and unwavering commitment to the sport make her a beacon of inspiration for women in sports everywhere.

We are incredibly proud to have Ashley representing Canada in adaptive water skiing. Her contributions to the sport are truly commendable, and we have no doubt that she will continue to leave a positive impact on the water skiing community for years to come.

Congratulations, Ashley, on this well-deserved honor!

CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN WATER SKI AND WAKEBOARD CANADA: 2023 AWARDS

Award Information & Criteria

It’s that exciting time of the year again when we come together to celebrate the outstanding individuals who contribute to the success of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC). WSWC is thrilled to announce the commencement of the nomination period for the 2023 WSWC Awards.

Objectives of the Awards

  • Honor the Best Representatives: Recognize individuals who epitomize excellence in their respective roles within our sport.
  • Stimulate Pursuit of Excellence: Encourage athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers to continually strive for greatness.
  • Favor Visibility of Excellence: Showcase and promote outstanding achievements throughout the country.
  • Create a Link with Sponsors and the Public: Strengthen the connection between excellence in our sport, our valued sponsors, and the broader public.

Award Categories for Public Nomination

  1. Steve Bush Coach of the Year
  2. Official of the Year
  3. Volunteer of the Year

Eligibility and Nominations

  • Nominations are open to WSWC members, including individuals, clubs, schools, and provincial associations.
  • Individual nominees must be WSWC members in good standing and Canadian citizens.
  • Nominations for each award must be made by a WSWC member in good standing.

Nomination Process

Please complete the nomination form in full to ensure that your nominee is considered for these prestigious awards. CLICK HERE for the nomination form.

Athlete Awards Nomination Details

The 2023 WSWC Athlete Awards will be nominated by and selected through the dedicated efforts of the respective sport councils/committees. This ensures a thorough and comprehensive evaluation, reflecting the excellence and dedication of our athletes.

Contact Information

For any inquiries or assistance with the nomination process, please contact:

Email: taryn@wswc.ca

Deadline for Nominations

The deadline for submitting nominations is December 31, 2023.

Note: Nominations are treated with the utmost confidentiality and are only reviewed by Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada and Selection Committee members.

 

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Information sur les prix et critères

C’est encore cette période excitante de l’année où nous nous réunissons pour célébrer les personnes exceptionnelles qui contribuent au succès de Ski nautique et planche Canada (SNPC). SNPC est ravi d’annoncer le début de la période de mise en candidature pour les Prix SNPC 2023.

Objectifs des prix

  • Honorer les meilleurs représentants : Reconnaître les personnes qui incarnent l’excellence dans leurs rôles respectifs au sein de notre sport.
  • Stimuler la poursuite de l’excellence : Encourager les athlètes, les entraîneurs, les officiels et les bénévoles à rechercher continuellement l’excellence.
  • Favoriser la visibilité de l’excellence : Présenter et promouvoir les réalisations exceptionnelles dans tout le pays.
  • Créer un lien avec les sponsors et le public : Renforcer le lien entre l’excellence dans notre sport, nos précieux sponsors et le grand public.

Catégories de prix pour les nominations publiques

  1. Entraîneur de l’année Steve Bush
  2. Officiel de l’année
  3. Bénévole de l’année

Éligibilité et nominations

  • Les nominations sont ouvertes aux membres de SNPC, y compris les individus, les clubs, les écoles et les associations provinciales.
  • Les candidats individuels doivent être membres en règle de SNPC et citoyens canadiens.
  • Les nominations pour chaque prix doivent être proposées par un membre en règle de SNPC.

Procédure de nomination

Veuillez remplir le formulaire de nomination dans son intégralité afin que votre candidat soit pris en considération pour ces prix prestigieux. CLIQUEZ ICI pour obtenir le formulaire de nomination.

Détails de la nomination pour le Prix de l’Athlète

Les Prix de l’Athlète 2023 de SNPC seront nommés et sélectionnés par les efforts dévoués des conseils/comités sportifs respectifs. Cela garantit une évaluation approfondie et complète, reflétant l’excellence et le dévouement de nos athlètes.

Contact

Pour toute demande de renseignements ou d’assistance concernant le processus de nomination, veuillez contacter :

Courriel : taryn@wswc.ca

Date limite pour les nominations

La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est fixée au 31 décembre 2023.

Note : Les mises en candidature sont traitées avec la plus grande confidentialité et ne sont examinées que par Ski nautique et planche Canada et les membres du comité de sélection.|

2022 WSWC GROM GIRL’S WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR – AYDEN SWAN

Congratulations to Ontario’s Ayden Swan @ayden_swan, Wake Canada’s Grom Girl’s Wake Park Rider Of The Year (2022)!

Ayden grabbed the Super Grom Girls (age 10-13) title at the Wake Park Nationals and first in Grom Girls at the Wake Park Provincials in 2022.

Ayden rides out of @planetbayou and @therailyard.ca wake parks with coaching from some of Canada’s best including @lesliesparkes@brennangrange@sydneymchugh and @jordanshapes. She also looks to @danikbrown@katherineshirriff and @copycatsclub / @sinafux as inspirational influences.

Ayden’s current goals for her wakeboarding progression are Tantrums, 540s and improving her Front Boards. She loves to ride in the summer with @sisterhoodsessions and her @womenofwake.wow friends!

In the winter Ayden is an up-and-coming snowboarder competing in Ontario slopestyle park events and training at @mtstlouismoonstone. She took 1st place in Women’s Slopestyle at the Provincials and is a member of the Ontario Snowboard Team.

Look for Ayden stepping up her game at this summer’s @wakeontario Series and the 2023 Wake Park Nationals. – Steve Jarrett

Content Credit: @caseofwake

2022 WSWC GROM BOY’S WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR – CONNOR GILBERT

Congratulations to Canadian Development Team rider Connor Gilbert @connor_a_gilbert, Wake Canada’s Grom Boy’s Wake Park Rider Of The Year (2022)!

Connor grabbed the Junior Boys title at both the Canadian National and the Ontario Provincial Wake Park Championships in 2022. He also snagged first in Amateur Wakeskate at the Provincials.

Connor rides out of @bluestonewakepark with coaching from some of Canada’s best including @liam_brearley and @andyokegb. He also frequents @planetbayou and @therailyard.ca wake parks.

In the winter Connor is an up-and-coming snowboarder competing in Ontario park and slopestyle events, training at @mtstlouismoonstone and @beavervalley.snowparks. He took 3rd in Junior (13 & Under) at the 2022 Slopestyle Provincials.

When he’s not busy boarding Connor enjoys painting, illustrating and playing the piano.

Look for Connor stepping up his game at this summer’s @wakeontario Series and Wake Park Nationals. – Steve Jarrett

Connor is sponsored by @boardinghouse.ca.

Content Credit: @jessejarrett_ #planetbayou  @brennangrange #bluestonewakepark

2022 WSWC WOMEN’S WAKESURF RIDER OF THE YEAR – BAILEY RUSH

Congratulations to Canadian Elite Team rider Bailey Rush @baileyrushsurf, Wake Canada’s Women’s Wakesurfer Of The Year (2022)!

The talented 23 year old Gull Lake, Alberta based athlete is among the world’s best in both “surf” and “skim” style wakesurfing! In 2022 Bailey took 2nd in Women’s Pro Surf and 5th in Women’s Pro Skim at the @Centurionboats Wakesurf World Championship. At the 2022 Canadian Nationals, Bailey scored 1st in Pro Surf and 2nd in Pro Skim.

For 2023 Bailey plans to attend a selection of the top pro wakesurf contests, as well as the World Championships. In the summer months, when she’s not training and competing, Bailey coaches at her Gull Lake, Alberta wakesurf school @wakesurfalberta.

Also an accomplished figure skater, Bailey just recently completed her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Kinesiology degrees at the University of Alberta. – Caro Villeneuve

Bailey is sponsored by @phase5wakesurfers

2022 WSWC MEN’S WAKESURF RIDER OF THE YEAR – RYDER DUCZEK

Congratulations to Canadian Elite Team rider Ryder Duczek @ryder.duczek, Wake Canada’s Men’s Wakesurfer Of The Year (2022)!

Ryder has been collecting titles since he was in the Junior division: 2017 Junior World Champ, 2018 Amateur World Vice-Champ and 2020 Outlaw World Champ. Ryder has been progressing exponentially over the past six years, and now competes as one of Canada’s top pro wakesurfers in “skim” style.

The 18 year old, Cranbrook, BC athlete is the 2022 Men’s Pro Canadian Wakesurf Champion, his third consecutive national pro title. Ryder also took gold in wakesurf and wakeskate at the 2022 BC Summer Games.

Ryder surfs and trains with his younger brother @dagenduczek, a member of the Canadian Development Team. Influential coaches that have helped Ryder include @carowakesurf and @isaac_hockley. During the winter Ryder plays Tier 2 Rep hockey. – Caro Villeneuve

Ryder is sponsored by @phase5wakesurfers and @swsmarinegroup

2022 WSWC WOMEN’S WAKE BOAT RIDER OF THE YEAR – CALLIE ZELLENRATH

Congratulations to Canadian Elite Team rider Callie Zellenrath @callie.zellenrath, Wake Canada’s Women Wakeboard Boat Rider Of The Year (2022)!

The 17 year Toronto-Muskoka, Ontario based athlete is the 2022 Open Women’s Wakeboard Boat National Champion and was a semi-finalist at the 2022 Pan American Wakeboard Boat Championship in Brazil, winning Canada it’s women’s “country spot” for this November’s Pan Am Games.

Callie is also an accomplished wake park rider scoring second in Open Women at the 2022 Wake Park Nationals and 4th in 2021. She has progressed through the Wake Canada Development Team program since 2019, the year she took 1st in Wake Park and 6th in Wake Boat at the @thewwa Worlds, Girls 13 & Under.

Combining a determined focus and strong work ethic with a fun-loving approach to riding, Callie trains in the summers with coach @daryznebel and more recently @erikalangman. For 2023 Callie has her sights set on the opportunity to represent Canada at Pan Am Games in Chile. – Steve Jarrett

2022 WSWC MEN’S WAKE BOAT RIDER OF THE YEAR – HUNTER SMITH

Congratulations to 21 year old pro wakeboarder and Canadian Elite Team rider Hunter Smith @wake_hunter , Wake Canada’s Wakeboard Boat Rider Of The Year (2022)!

The North Vancouver, BC native has grown up through the ranks of Wake Canada and Wake BC events winning his first national title at age 9. His twin brother @jordansmith.wake finished 3rd that same year.

With a healthy sibling rivalry and active wake family support from parents Rick and Wendy, Hunter won several more age group titles as he progressed. He qualified for the National Development Team in 2017 and then the Elite Team in 2021 when he finished 10th in Men’s Pro at @thewwa World Championship.

Most recently Hunter scored first in Men’s 1 at the 2023 @malibuboats Rider Experience USA South in Alabama and 3rd at Wake The Canyon in Texas.

While Hunter has been focused on climbing the Boat rider ranks in recent years, he’s is also a talented Wake Park rider. When he’s not training and competing around the world, Hunter has also been developing his coaching resume sharing his passion and skills with the next gen of the @wakebc Wakeboard Team the past years. – Steve Jarrett

Hunter is sponsored by @ripcurl_canada @ronixwakeboards @boardroomshop and @cove_watersports.

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2022 WSWC WOMEN’S WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR – COTI SCAGLIA

Congratulations to pro wakeboarder and Canadian Elite Team rider Coti Scaglia @cotiscaglia, Wake Canada’s Women’s Wake Park Rider Of The Year (2022)!

A pioneer of women’s street and park riding, Coti has enjoyed feature film parts in the @spacemob.tv’s trilogy of Coalition Movies and 2022’s Coalition 9 film, as well as the past two Canadian @outhousewake Films, all the while competing internationally for Canada.

The past Canadian Wake Park Champion (2021) and @thewwa World Wake Park #3 (2020), represented Canada at last year’s #RedBullWakeTheCity in Italy and @valdostawakecompound “VWC Yardsale IV” in the USA where she was a finalist in both events.

Noted for her fearless combination of style and technical riding, Coti is also a member of the international @copycatsclub wake crew pushing women’s riding globally. She has been showcased in Copycats Club Magazine dedicated to women’s wake.

Coti is sponsored by @slingshotwake and is featured in the current Slingshot ads for the new Copycat Women’s pro model board and bindings.

When she’s not competing internationally, Coti can be found riding with her partner @daryznebel in Muskoka, Ontario. – Steve Jarrett

Video: @brennangrange @planetbayou