2024 IWWF BAREFOOT WORLDS SELECTION CRITERIA NOW AVAILABLE

The 2024 IWWF Barefoot Water Ski Ski Championships will take place in Auburndale, Florida on October  5-12, 2024.

View the 2024 IWWF Barefoot Worlds Open Team Selection Criteria HERE.

View Bulletin 1 HERE.

View the official IWWF Event Website HERE.

BAREFOOT RULES / OFFICIALS CLINIC

Photo Credit: Daniel Lariviere Sr. 
Interested in attending the upcoming barefoot rules/officiating clinic? Don’t forget to register! You MUST register for this event to assist with planning.
This clinic will be a one day event including: judging practice with video from previous events, scoring practice, learning to record and measure jump distance, and rules discussions.
Registration is free, and lunch will be provided.
When: April 7, 2024
Time: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Belleville, ON

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! 

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.

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.

 

French Translation | Traduction en français

 

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.|

WSWC BOARD OF DIRECTORS: NOMINATE TODAY!! – DEADLINE: September 17th

NEW Deadline: September 17th, 2023

Join the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada Board of Directors

Have you ever thought about how you can contribute to the growth of towed water sports in Canada? If yes, WSWC has an opportunity for you!

WSWC is inviting all interested persons to apply for nomination to the WSWC Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted thru to September 12, 2023 and the election will take place at the WSWC Annual General Meeting on September 27th, 2023 at 9pm ET by webinar.

There are four (4)  at-large director positions up for election and a director’s term is for two (2) years.

To learn more about WSWC, the role of Directors and how to nominate, please see:

-About WSWC: CLICK HERE

-WSWC Board Roles and Responsibilities: CLICK HERE

-Nominations Application: CLICK HERE

-Electoral Policy: CLICK HERE

-Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved (CAAWS): CLICK HERE

For more information, please contact:
Krista Jansen
Krista@wswc.ca

BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Deadline: September 12, 2023

Join the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada Board of Directors

Have you ever thought about how you can contribute to the growth of towed water sports in Canada? If yes, WSWC has an opportunity for you!

WSWC is inviting all interested persons to apply for nomination to the WSWC Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted thru to September 12, 2023 and the election will take place at the WSWC Annual General Meeting on September 27th, 2023 at 9pm ET by webinar.

There are four (4)  at-large director positions up for election and a director’s term is for two (2) years.

To learn more about WSWC, the role of Directors and how to nominate, please see:

-About WSWC: CLICK HERE

-WSWC Board Roles and Responsibilities: CLICK HERE

-Nominations Application: CLICK HERE

-Electoral Policy: CLICK HERE

-Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved (CAAWS): CLICK HERE

For more information, please contact:
Krista Jansen
Krista@wswc.ca

WSWC HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Board of Directors of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Krista Jansen as its new Executive Director, following an extensive search and interview process led by Sport Law.

Krista brings over 25 years of experience in business operations, business development, marketing, team leadership, customer relations, risk management and stakeholder engagement to WSWC. As the Senior Vice President of Operations for a privately held US healthcare company, Krista successfully worked to enhance the growth of operations. Most recently she and a small team launched a successful new line of business, with an unprecedented growth of revenue. This new line of business ultimately led to the acquisition of the company. The two companies merged to be the largest provider of rehab services in the US senior housing market. Krista’s operational experience and proven ability to lead engagement and alignment at all levels positions her for success in her new position with WSWC.

Krista has participated in towed water sports from a very young age in Nova Scotia. She’s worked extensively with Waterski Wakeboard Nova Scotia as a board member and volunteer for many years. She has experience interacting with Sport Nova Scotia, Sport Canada, non-profit agencies and regulatory bodies. Krista understands the perspective of most stakeholders involved in towed water sports in Canada.

Our past CEO, Jasmine Northcott, is working closely with Krista to ensure a smooth transition. Krista has the skill set and experience to quickly master all information needed for success in her new role.

“I am extremely honoured to be assuming the role of Executive Director,” said Krista Jansen. “I am fortunate to have Jasmine, Katie, Kyle and Taryn to guide me on my journey. I’m excited to work with our incredible Board members, our PSOs and everyone involved in towed water sports.”

Jasmine has done a wonderful job and Krista is coming into a well-organized National office. WSWC is positioned well to move into a new era of establishing diversified funding, and enhancing stakeholder engagement.

2022 WSWC MALE BAREFOOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – GORDIE CROTEAU

Congratulations to Gordie Croteau on being named 2022 WSWC Male Barefoot Athlete of the Year!

Gordie Croteau has been a household name of Canadian barefooting for many years.

Despite living in the USA, he has not missed a Canadian Nationals tournament in 20+ years.
Gordie’s most recent accomplishments include placing 2nd overall in Open Men’s at the 2022 Canadian Barefoot Nationals, and his Gold Medal and World Record performance at the 2022 World Masters Barefoot Championships in San Marcos, TX. While nursing an injured shoulder, Gordie exercised exceptional strategy to ski to his current strengths and abilities and win the Gold medal in the jump event. His distance became the New World Record for his division. Gordie’s strategy and team work also helped lead Team Canada to the Bronze Medal in Team Overall.

Congratulations to Gordie Croteau on being named Male Barefoot Athlete of the Year!

2022 WSWC JUNIOR BAREFOOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – MATHIS LARIVIERE

Congratulations to Mathis Lariviere for being named 2022 WSWC Junior Barefoot Athlete of the Year!

For a second year in a row, Mathis Lariviere has earned the title of Canadian Junior Barefoot Athlete of the Year for his first place ranking in both slalom and tricks in the Boys Under 17 division. Mathis started barefooting at the age of 10 and first competed at the age of 13 at the Canal Soulanges in 2019. During the off season, Mathis also participates in Olympic style weight-lifting, and finished 2nd in his weight division at the 2022 Jesus du Quebec this year.
During the ski season, Mat trains on the water with his Dad and younger brother Tristan. They like to challenge each other to learn new skills. Mathis was the Boys age division champion at the 2022 Canadian Barefoot National Champions in Bala, ON where he reached new personal best scores of 980 points in tricks and 6.33 in slalom.

5000+ EXCLUSIVE PERKS FOR ALL WSWC MEMBERS THROUGH PERKOPOLIS

Renew/Sign Up for your 2023 WSWC Membership, register for Perkopolis and start enjoying members-only offers today.

CLICK HERE to renew your membership for the 2023 season

CLICK HERE if you’re a new member

FIVE CANADIANS ARE SET TO COMPETE AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD OPEN, U23 AND JR BAREFOOT WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS IN AUSTRALIA

Five Canadians are set to compete at the 2023 IWWF World Open, Under 23 & Junior Barefoot Waterski Championships in Mulwala, Australia from February 15-19, 2023. Two Canadians will be in attendance as judges at the event.

Two sets of brothers will be competing alongside each other at the World Championships. Sickinger brothers from Muskoka, ON and Midena brothers from Mississauga, ON will be competing alongside each other and against each other in the Junior Boys division at the World Championships.

Gordie Croteau from Windsor, ON is the 5th Canadian competitor, rounding out an all Ontario Team going to the World Barefoot Championships.

 

Competitors competing at Worlds:

Open Team:

Gordie Croteau (Windsor, ON), competing in Open Men Tricks and Jump.

Junior Team:

Simon Sickinger (Muskoka, ON), competing in Junior Boys Slalom and Tricks.

Alex Sickinger (Muskoka, ON), competing in Junior Boys Slalom and Tricks.

Alex Midena (Mississauga, ON), competing in Junior Boys Slalom and Tricks.

Vincent Midena (Mississauga, ON), competing in Junior Boys Slalom and Tricks.

Canadian officiating at Worlds:

Richard Gray (Vancouver, BC)

Duane Godfrey (Mississauga, ON)

The semi-finals will take place Wednesday, February 15 – Friday, February 17, 2023 and finals will take place Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, February 19, 2023.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada

Taryn Grant

(352) 272-5840

taryn.grant22@gmail.com

 

WE’RE HIRING – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is looking for a motivated and knowledgeable Executive Director to join our team.

CLICK HERE for more information

Contact: careers@wswc.ca

 

Executive Director

Position:                   Executive Director

Location:                  Virtual – Ideally based out of Ottawa, ON

Office Structure:   Home Based Office Environment

Reports to:              President, Board of Directors

Type of Position:  Full Time Employee

 

Summary

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through the President of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada and works collaboratively with the Board, Staff, Councils, Committees and Stakeholders to fulfill the organization’s mission.

The Executive Director is responsible for all financial, operational, administrative, and legal aspects of the daily organizational management of WSWC.   Providing strong operational and strategic leadership, the Executive Director is responsible for cultivating a robust organization that is focused on: pursuing high performance excellence; growing the sport; diversifying its finances; nurturing its diverse network of stakeholders; and effectively managing risk.

 

About Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada

Representing several interest groups in the sport, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada has been in the business of serving the towed water sports community since 1949.  A non-profit organization, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is the sole national sport governing body and recognized water ski and wake sport authority in Canada, representing all competitive Canadian towed water sports including adaptive water ski & wakeboard, barefoot, marathon, show ski, wakeboard, wake park, wakesurf, wakeskate, and water ski.

OUR VISION – To advance the growth, innovation, and excellence of towed water sports.

OUR PURPOSE – Our purpose is to foster and support the many ways in which people engage in towed water sports.  To that end, we serve to strengthen and grow participation from grassroots to high-performance by providing a safe and supportive place to play and compete, for the love of the sport and for a lifetime of enjoyment and success.

OUR MISSION – We lead the growth and development of an aligned towed water sports community from grassroots to high performance through our pillars of Partnerships, Funding, Coordinated Infrastructure and Community.

OUR VALUES – Our values are the core beliefs that inform our decision-making and the practices that govern the leadership within our sport at all levels.

Innovation:  We are dynamic and boldly spirited in our approach to evolving our sport.

Our sport is constantly changing and finding exciting and cutting-edge ways to advance how our participants compete and play on the water. We align our management approach with the natural creativity that drives the uniqueness of our sport by integrating it into the practices that enable the progression of our sport.

Accountability: We are results-orientated, principled, and act with purpose.

Our sport leverages our strong foundation to serve our communities. It recognizes the importance of standardized practices, procedures, and compliance while recognizing our dependence upon the accountability relationships and dynamics needed for loosely coupled efforts to be effective. We are aligned in our shared understanding of autonomy designed to benefit the sport as a whole.  Decision making is informed by data analysis and stakeholder engagement.

Respect and Care: We highly value, support, and celebrate the people in our community.

Our sport recognizes the dedication, passion, and various roles our people fulfill in being curators of our culture and fun. We are committed to supporting and fostering the volunteerism we rely upon and recognize the changing demands upon volunteers who often must oscillate between participant and volunteer; and the increasing accountability that is being placed on the work done by our volunteers. We invest in systems, processes, and policies designed to promote and facilitate the care and safety of our people. We value advances in equity, diversity, inclusivity, and indigeneity (EDII) within our sport.

Excellence: We are performance-driven, strategic in our delivery of service, and targeted in the pursuit of the growth of our sport.

We achieve excellence on the world stage bringing recognition and profile to our sport and Canada. Excellence off the field of play and professionalism of our systems and best practices provide the infrastructure for our sport to be best in class. We are introspective in our decision making and review of our systems and strategic in pursuit of our vision.   We clearly define our priorities and stay the planned course recognizing the impact of our informed decision-making across our sport as a whole. 

Unity:  We are better together and unified in our approach

We have a positive culture of interdependence that enables the integration of multiple sport disciplines to be unified in our approach and maintain the ability to differentiate. Alignment in our shared understanding of sport priorities informs resource allocations and enables effective long-term strategic budgeting plans.

 

OUR PILLARS

PARTNERSHIP:  Build partnerships that advances towed watersports through mutually beneficial relationships, shared accountability and acquisition of resources that support and align with organizational values.

FUNDING:  Secure stable funding that extends beyond traditional sources and enables long-term sustainable budget planning enabling the investment in programs, services and people that strengthen our member experience.

COORDINATED INFRASTRUCTURE:  Develop shared understanding, organizational agility and systemic coordinated efforts across all sport levels that lead to a unified professionalized approach in the delivery of towed water sports.

COMMUNITY:  Be deeply committed to the support and care of our people as we educate and advocate for the growth and diversification of our sport.

 

Duties & Responsibilities

  •  Manage the association’s financial resources, including appropriate and proper financial and accounting controls of all association activities
  • Manage all staffing and human resource activities, including the development of the staff model, hire, reward, discipline, terminate and set the remuneration of all employees, except for themselves, in accordance with board direction, policy and / or approved budgets
  • Manage all aspects of WSWC business including planning and reporting
  • Identify, develop, manage, and monitor all programs, activities, and resources to meet the ongoing needs of members and partners
  • Provide strategic counsel and administrative support to the Board of Directors, ensuring that all activities of the association are in accordance with the governance structure, policies, and procedures of the Board
  • Ensure WSWC’s governance structures, policies and procedures are reviewed and updated regularly
  • Manage all legal and contractual agreements on behalf of the association
  • Manage the development of the sport from grassroots to high performance through the administration and management of national team programming, the long-term athlete development matrix, coaching and officiating pathways
  • Provide strategic leadership and management of issues, risk, and safe sport
  • Communicate, collaborate, build, and nurture relationships with key stakeholders at the international, national, provincial, and regional level, including Sport Canada
  • Advocate on behalf of towed water sports in Canada on towed water sports safety, waterway access, wake management and responsible boating
  • Keep abreast of emerging issues of significance
  • Act as the spokesperson for WSWC
  • Serve as ambassador for WSWC to relevant organizations in Canada and internationally
  • Perform other such duties as directed by the Board of Directors

 

The Candidate

Qualifications & Experience

  • University Degree, College Diploma or equivalent professional experience
  • 3-5 years proven senior leadership experience, preferably with non-profit management experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Sport system at the international, national and provincial level
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in all aspects of operational management including financial, human resources, communications, program and partnership management, marketing, revenue generation and operational oversight

Skills, Knowledge & Competencies

  • Experience in progressive leadership roles within a not-for-profit sport organization and exposure working with a volunteer Board of Directors in a governance structure.
  • Strong understanding of the management of sport organizations
  • Experience managing a Sport Canada funded national sport organization would be considered an asset
  • Experience in fund development and generation
  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities and set plans to achieve goals
  • Experience balancing a wide spectrum of expectations, objectives, and stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills – sound leadership, staff management and team building skills
  • Inclusive, adaptable and collaborative leader with a natural ability to build and manage relationships with a diverse array of stakeholders (internal & external)
    • Mature sense of diplomacy and people management skills
    • Politically and culturally sensitive
  • Strong communication skills
  • Confident and comfortable as the face of an organization with a proven ability to communicate effectively
  • Proficient in the use of digital technology (Gmail, Google Drive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Teams, Zoom)

Requirements

  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Must be able to meet all requirements for International travel
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

 

How to Apply

Apply in confidence by sending your cover letter and resume by email.

Deadline for Applications:  February 20, 2023

Email:      careers@wswc.ca

Subject:  Executive Director – <INSERT FIRST & LAST NAME>

While we thank all applicants for their interest only those selected for an interview will be contacted, beyond receiving acknowledgement of receipt of their application.

Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.  We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, but only short-listed candidates will be interviewed.

This position is supported by funding from Sport Canada.

For more information on Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada, please visit www.wswc.ca

 

UPDATE FROM WSWC, CEO, JASMINE NORTHCOTT

Hello & Happy New Year!

WSWC just wrapped up our last Team Canada event of 2022 with the Water Ski Team who finished 2nd at the U17 Worlds in Chile in early January! 2022 was a very successful year of competition across all our Sports and we are very proud of our Team Canada athletes who excelled both on and off the water! 2022 also marked another great season of activity with our clubs, schools, and events at both the regional and national level – all supported by a wonderful, towed water sports community who work hard behind the scenes to support the Sport year in year out – thank you!

2023 is shaping up to be another great year – but one that will mark change for the organization. I am writing to share with you that I have given the WSWC Board of Directors notice of my resignation as Chief Executive Officer, effective the end of February.

This community welcomed me into the fold in March 2015 and I am thankful for all the wonderful individuals I have had the privilege to work for and with during that time. I have truly enjoyed my time with WSWC, and I am honoured to have been in service to our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and supporters – it really is the sense of community that I loved the most as this Sport naturally brings people together.

2023 for me personally will be marked by a new chapter as I transition into the role of Executive Director with the Shooting Federation of Canada, the National Sport Organization for the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines of target shooting; and the national governing body responsible for the promotion, development and governance of organized, recreational, and competitive target shooting in and for Canada.

While one could argue that change is hard – I see this as an opportunity for growth for the association. WSWC is on solid footing supported by very competent and professional staff who are excellent at what they do and a committed, caring, and skilled Board of Directors who will be working hard over the next several months to recruit for a new senior leader for the organization – stay tuned as the position of Executive Director will be posted shortly.

While I will be working with our staff, Board, Sport Councils and Committees to ensure a smooth transition as I close down my desk between now and the end of February, I am confident WSWC is in good hands.

I want to thank you for all that you do in support of towed water sports! Whether it is enjoying the sport with family and friends; pursuing excellence as an athlete; cheering from the shore; coaching, officiating, volunteering; or simply being a champion of the Sport – you matter, and we thank you! I wish the community a wonderful 2023 and thank you for making my tenure with WSWC a great one!

Yours in sport,

Jasmine

Jasmine@wswc.ca