CANADIAN ATHLETES SHINE AT THE 64TH MASTERS AND 31ST JR. MASTERS WATER SKI TOURNAMENT

Ryan Dodd, Megan Pelkey & Hannah Stopnicki in the Parade of Champions. Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce the outstanding achievements of our Canadian athletes at the 64th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament and 31st Jr. Masters Tournament. With 13 Canadian competitors in the mix, we proudly celebrate an impressive 10 podium finishes, highlighting the exceptional talent and dedication of our athletes.

Notable Performances:

Hannah Stopnicki (Quebec) – Dominated the Jr. Women’s Trick event, securing the gold medal and earning the title of back-to-back Jr. Masters Champion.

Megan Pelkey (Alberta) – Achieved silver in Jr. Women’s Trick and clinched gold in Jr. Women’s Overall, also achieving back-to-back Jr. Masters Champion status.

George Malinovski (Quebec) – Took bronze in Jr. Men’s Overall, showcasing his versatile skills.

Cole McCormick (Ontario) – Triumphed in Men’s Slalom, earning his first Masters Champion title.

Stephen Neveu (Alberta) – Secured bronze in Men’s Slalom, adding to Canada’s medal tally.

Neilly Ross (Ontario) – Earned silver in both Women’s Trick and Women’s Slalom, demonstrating her prowess in multiple disciplines.

Paige Rini (Ontario) – Claimed bronze in Women’s Slalom, highlighting her competitive spirit.

Ryan Dodd (Alberta) – Achieved silver in Men’s Jump, continuing his legacy of excellence.

These incredible performances reflect the hard work and dedication of our athletes, who continue to elevate the sport of water skiing in Canada. Each competitor’s dedication and perseverance have made our nation extremely proud.

Water Ski Canada extends heartfelt congratulations to all our athletes and expresses deep gratitude to their coaches, families, and supporters who have played crucial roles in their success. We look forward to continuing to support and celebrate our athletes as they strive for excellence in future competitions.

About Water Ski Canada

Water Ski Canada is the premier organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of water skiing in Canada. Through training, events, and a focus on fostering young talent, Water Ski Canada aims to bring the sport to greater heights on both national and international stages.

Event website, https://www.masterswaterski.com/    

Jr. Masters results, https://www.masterswaterski.com/juniors-standings-finals 

Masters results, https://www.masterswaterski.com/masters-standings-finals 

Men’s Slalom podium at the 2024 Masters. 1st: Cole McCormick (CAN) 2nd: Will Ashler (GBR) 3rd: Stephen Neveu (CAN) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Jr. Women’s Trick Podium at the 2024 Jr. Masters 1st: Hannah Stopnicki (CAN) 2nd: Megan Pelkey (CAN) 3rd: Alexia Abelson (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Men’s Jump Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Joel Poland (GBR) 2nd: Ryan Dodd (CAN) 3rd: Florian Parth (ITA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Women’s Slalom Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Regina Jaquess (USA) 2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN) 3rd: Paige Rini (CAN) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Women’s Trick Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Anna Hunter (USA) 2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN) 3rd: Erika Lang (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Jr. Women’s Overall Podium at the 2024 Jr. Masters 1st: Megan Pelkey (CAN) 2nd: Kristy Appleton (AUS) 3rd: Alexia Abelson (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

 

2024 CANADIAN NATIONAL WATER SKI TEAM

Professional Headshots: Johnny Hayward Photography  

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is pleased to unveil the 2024 Canadian National Water Ski Team. These 13 extraordinary athletes span across 6 provinces around the nation. 

Meet the team representing Canada: 

Jaimee Bul, ON

Olivia Chute, NS

Ryan Dodd, AB

Taryn Grant, MB

Dorien Llewellyn, AB

Whitney McClintock-Rini, ON

Cole McCormick, ON

Stephen Neveu, AB

Conley Pinette , BC

Paige Rini, ON

Neilly Ross, ON

Charlie Ross, ON

Hannah Stopnicki, QC

A huge congratulations to each member of the team! Your dedication, skill and passion for water skiing inspires us all. 

 

 

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/ 

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

Team Canada at the Closing Ceremonies of 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

CANADIAN ATHLETES SET TO COMPETE AT THE TRAVERS GRAND PRIX THIS WEEKEND

Paige Rini competing at the 2022 Travers Grand Prix. Action Photo Credit: Waterski Broadcasting Company + Waterski Pro Tour + John Waldron Images. Headshot: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce that the grand finale of the Waterski Pro Tour, the Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am, is set to create waves in Groveland, FL from September 22-24, 2023.

But this is not just any water ski competition! The Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am introduces an electrifying TEAM format. It is a unique sporting extravaganza where professional water skiers join forces with amateurs to bring a spectacle both on and off the water. Together, they will face challenging and exhilarating rounds in Slalom, adrenaline-pumping go-karting, and precision-demanding skeet shooting. Every event will add to the overall team score. By the end of the weekend, only one team will have the honor of being crowned the Team Champions.

While the team event promises loads of fun and camaraderie, the spotlight will also shine brightly on the professional skiers. They will be competing fiercely for the prestigious title of the Travers Grand Prix Champion.

Canada is proudly represented by an exceptional cadre of professionals:

  • Paige Rini (ON)
  • Jaimee Bull (ON)
  • Whitney McClintock Rini (ON)
  • Cole McCormick (ON)
  • Dorien Llewellyn (AB)
  • Jamie Calhoun (ON)

Fans from all over can join in on the excitement, even if they can’t be there in person. Thanks to The Waterski Broadcasting Company, the entire event will be streamed LIVE, ensuring enthusiasts don’t miss a beat of this thrilling weekend.

About Water Ski Canada Water Ski Canada is dedicated to promoting and growing the sport of water skiing across the country, supporting both professionals and enthusiasts in their passion. The Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am is just one of the many events that showcase the talent and excitement of the sport.

Dorine Llewellyn.  Action Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Jaime Calhoun. Photo Credit: Radar Skis.

Cole McCormick. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Whitney McClintock Rini Competing at the 2022 Travers Grand Prix. Action Photo Credit: Waterski Broadcasting Company + Waterski Pro Tour + John Waldron Images. Headshot: Johnny Hayward Photography

Jaimee Bull competing at the 2022 Travers Grand Prix. Action Photo Credit: Waterski Broadcasting Company + Waterski Pro Tour + John Waldron Images. Headshot: Johnny Hayward Photography

WSC ANNOUNCES ATHLETES FOR THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Professional Team Canada Headshots: Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski Canada is elated to announce the selection of its national athletes who will compete in the highly anticipated 2023 World Water Ski Championships. The world-class event is set to take place from October 7 to October 15, 2023, at the iconic Sunset Lakes in Groveland, FL.

Canadian Team Athletes (6 Persons):

  1. Ryan Dodd (AB) – Specialty: Jump
  2. Dorien Lewellyn (AB) – Specialties: Slalom, Trick, Jump
  3. Conley Pinette (BC) – Specialties: Slalom, Trick, Jump
  4. Paige Rini (ON) – Specialties: Slalom, Trick, Jump
  5. Neilly Ross (ON) – Specialties: Slalom, Trick
  6. Whitney McClintock Rini – Specialty: Slalom

Individual Athletes:

  1. Jaimee Bull (ON) – Specialty: Slalom
  2. Jamie Calhoun (ON) – Specialty: Slalom
  3. Cole McCormick (ON) – Specialty: Slalom
  4. Stephen Neveu (AB) – Specialty: Slalom
  5. Charlie Ross (ON) – Specialty: Slalom
  6. Olivia Chute (NS) – Specialties: Trick and Slalom (Wild Card) 
  7. Hannah Stopnicki (QC) – Specialty: Trick
  8. Dominique Grondin-Allard (QC) – Specialty: Jump

Wild Card Athletes:

  1. Thomas Daigle (QC) – Specialty: Jump
  2. Carter Lucas (SK) – Specialty: Jump
  3. Megan Pelkey (AB) – Specialty: Trick
  4. Bradley Gibbons (AB) – Specialty: Slalom

Water Ski Canada is proud to have Kyle Hunter on board as the Team Manager for the championships, ensuring our athletes receive top-tier support throughout the competition.

This stellar lineup of athletes represents the talent, dedication, and passion in the world of water skiing in Canada. The country will undoubtedly be watching with immense pride and anticipation as our athletes showcase their skills 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. 

Professional Team Canada Headshots: Johnny Hayward Photography 

CANADIAN ATHLETES SET TO COMPETE AT MALIBU OPEN THIS WEEKEND

Stephen Neveu Slaloming at the 2022 Malibu Open. Action Photo Credit: John Waldron, Waterski Pro Tour, and The Waterski Broadcasting.

The penultimate event of the 2023 Waterski Pro Tour is upon us, and Water Ski Canada is exhilarated to announce the participation of three of its esteemed National Team athletes. The much-anticipated Malibu Open will be splashing into action this weekend, September 15-16, 2023, at the renowned Lymanland in Alabama.

Representing the Maple Leaf are:

Open Women Slalom: 

Jaimee Bull hailing from North Bay, Ontario.

Open Men Slalom: 

Stephen Neveu, the pride of Calgary, Alberta.

Cole McCormick, standing tall for Ontario.

With the Malibu Open being the second-last stop of this season’s Waterski Pro Tour, expectations are high, and our athletes are primed to deliver performances that capture the heart and spirit of Canada’s commitment to the sport.

For fans, families, and fellow athletes who wish to be part of this thrilling event from afar, The Waterski Broadcasting Company has ensured a seamless experience. A live webcast will be available throughout the weekend, bringing every spin, splash, and leap directly to your screens. Visit the link here to watch, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM3-mBhqIdiVJ8lZ77TVTMqHMZ2J0lxsT

For those looking to stay updated with real-time results, the schedule, and more intricate details of the event, the IWWF has it covered. Visit the link here, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/23USA007/

About Water Ski Canada:

Water Ski Canada is the premier organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of water skiing in Canada. Through training, events, and a focus on fostering young talent, Water Ski Canada aims to bring the sport to greater heights on both national and international stages.

Jaimee Bull Slaloming at the 2022 Malibu Open. Action Photo Credit: John Waldron, Waterski Pro Tour, and The Waterski Broadcasting Company. Headshot Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Cole MicCormick Slalom Skiing. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

WSC CELEBRATES PERFORMANCES AT 2023 MASTERCRAFT PRO

2023 MasterCraft Pro Open Women Slalom Podium. PC: Waterski Pro Tour 

Water Ski Canada proudly celebrates the outstanding performances of its National Team athletes at the 2023 MasterCraft Pro, held this past weekend in Polk City, Florida.

Leading the Canadian team, Ontario’s Jaimee Bull made waves as she secured the 2nd place in the Open Women Slalom category, with an impressive score of 1@10.25m. Hot on her heels was fellow Ontarian, Whitney McClintock Rini, who claimed the third place, completing the podium finishes for the Open Women Slalom.

Not to be outdone, Paige Rini of Ontario delivered a commendable performance, finishing in 6th place for Open Women Slalom. In the men’s division, Cole McCormick, also hailing from Ontario, finished 4th in Open Men Slalom with an impressive score of 4@10.25m. Stephen Neveu of Alberta rounded out the Canadian highlights with a 9th place finish in Open Men Slalom.

The 2023 MasterCraft Pro Tour event showcased an array of international talent, and Water Ski Canada is elated at the notable presence and achievements of its athletes on such a grand platform.

“We are extremely proud of our athletes who have dedicated countless hours to training. Their performances at the MasterCraft Pro are a testament to their dedication and the strength of water skiing in Canada,” said Water Ski Canada Spokesperson.

Water Ski Canada continues to be a frontrunner in promoting the sport, fostering talent, and cheering on the relentless spirit of its athletes. As the athletes move forward in the season, the organization is optimistic about the future performances and the promising trajectory of Canadian water skiing.

WSC ATHLETES’ COMPETE IN MASTERCRAFT PRO EVENT ON THE WATERKI PRO TOUR

National Team Athlete, Cole McCormick. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Water Ski Canada Celebrates its Athletes’ Participation in the MasterCraft Pro Event of the Waterski Pro Tour

Water Ski Canada, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to the elevation and celebration of water skiing, is thrilled to acknowledge the participation of Canadian athletes in the Waterski Pro Tour’s forthcoming MasterCraft Pro event. The competition is slated for September 8-9, 2023, and will take place at the renowned Ski Fluid in Florida.

Flying the Canadian flag high at the event are:

Open Men Slalom:

Charlie Ross (ON)

Cole McCormick (ON)

Stephen Neveu (AB)

Open Women Slalom:

Paige Rini (ON)

Whitney McClintock Rini (ON)

Jaimee Bull (ON)

Open Men Jump:

Conley Pinette (BC)

Dorien Llewellyn (AB)

These athletes, through their passion and commitment, have chosen to participate in this high-profile event, making the Canadian waterskiing community immensely proud.

“Water Ski Canada is always proud to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our Canadian athletes. Their dedication and enthusiasm for the sport are commendable. As they glide into the MasterCraft Pro event, we stand behind them, cheering them on and relishing in their accomplishments,” comments Water Ski Canada Spokesperson.

For those eager to follow the event, the Waterski Broadcasting Company will be webcasting the competition in its entirety. 

About Water Ski Canada:

Water Ski Canada has passionately championed the sport of water skiing in the country. With a rich legacy of events, training programs, and community engagement, the organization remains a pivotal force in the sport’s evolution and growth in Canada.

Live webcast: https://www.youtube.com/@waterskibroadcasting

Schedule of Events & Live Results: https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/23USA090/ 

For more photos of athletes: https://www.gettyimages.ca/search/2/image?family=creative&phrase=johnny%20hayward  

Junior National Team Athlete, Charlie Ross. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

National Team Athlete, Stephen Neveu. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

National Team Athlete, Jaimee Bull. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

National Team Athlete, Whitney McClintock Rini. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

National Team Athlete, Paige Rini. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

National Team Athlete, Conley Pinette. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

National Team Athlete, Dorien Llewellyn. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.