CANADIANS COMPETE AT SWISS PRO TRICKS

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography
The 2024 @waterskiprotour season is kicking off this weekend at the Swiss Pro Tricks event where 4 Canadian athletes will be competing!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 21, 2024 in Clermont, FL or tune in online via @waterskibroadcasting_ . The action starts with the first round at 10am (EST)!
Cheer on our Canadian athletes:
  • Sean Kraus
  • Dorien Llewellyn
  • Hannah Stopnicki
  • Neilly Ross
Curious about the running order and eager for live results? Visit the link below!

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Photo Credit: 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. 

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK GOLD FOR DORIEN LLEWELLYN AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Dorien Llewellyn on the Men’s Overall Podium at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games 

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports 

In an awe-inspiring display of tenacity and skill, Canada’s Dorien Llewellyn secured Gold in the Men’s Overall category at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, adding to his golden legacy that began with his victory in Lima 2019.

Llewellyn’s performance in the Overall Finals highlighted his versatility and determination, starting with a strong show in the Slalom event where he scored 3@10.75m/39off. The competition intensified as he jumped 63.9 meters. But the true spectacle was during the Tricks segment. Facing a challenging 30-point deficit, Dorien unleashed a masterclass, scoring 11,000 points. This feat not only propelled him into the lead but sealed his gold victory with a decisive margin of 280 points.

This gold achievement adds a glowing finish to his already notable Pan American Games journey. Just the day before, Llewellyn earned Silver medals in both the Men’s Jump and Men’s Trick events.

Speaking on the overwhelming emotion and celebration after his last run, Llewellyn shared, “That’s kind of just been the built-up energy from the last four months… To end on that trick run was amazing… I’m also excited to regroup and focus on getting my foot 100% again.”

Remarking on the challenges he faced, he said, “It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. After slalom, I knew I put myself in a really good spot. To have that moment where you celebrate and I turn around and my dad is celebrating in the boat, that’s amazing. To be able to share that history with him, it’s something that I don’t think a lot of people have and I’m truly grateful.”

Jaret Llewellyn, Dorien’s father and a 12-time Pan Am Games medalist, shared in the pride and reflected on the journey, “It was a rough season. Athletes are always shooting for the gold. We just didn’t even know if we were even going to be here so this is just an incredible way to end the season.” On his own experiences versus witnessing his son’s achievements, he expressed, “It was much easier skiing than going through this. It’s one of the best experiences.”

With two consecutive Overall Gold medals at the Pan Am Games, Dorien Llewellyn’s narrative is one of perseverance, resilience, and unparalleled skill, and stands as an inspiration for aspiring athletes everywhere.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

Dorien Competing in Tricks during the Overall Event at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports

 

6 MEDAL DAY FOR WSWC AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada: Day 3 Recap – 2023 Santiago Pan American Games


Morning Highlights:

The day kicked off with  Neilly Ross and Paige Rini competing in the Women’s Slalom Finals. Neilly gleamed with a silver-worthy score of 3@10.75m/39off. Not far behind, Rini made Canada proud by clinching bronze with a score of 1@10.75m/39off.

Paige Rini: A Day of Bronzes:

Paige Rini wasn’t done after the morning’s triumph. She returned to the scene in the Women’s Jump Finals, where she soared to an impressive 47.3m, adding another bronze medal to her collection. Later in the Women’s Trick Finals, Paige put up a valiant fight, finishing in 6th place. Be sure to keep an eye out for her tomorrow, as she’s set to compete in the Women’s Overall Finals competing in all three events; Slalom, Tricks, and Jump.

Neilly Ross’s Silver Streak Continues:

Today was undeniably Neilly Ross’s day at the Pan American Games. After her spectacular performance in the Women’s Slalom Finals, she switched gears to dominate the Women’s Tricks Finals. Her passion and expertise rewarded her by scoring 10,870 points and earning herself another silver medal.

Dorien Llewellyn: Dual Silver Success:

Dorien Llewellyn had fans on the edge of their seats. First, in the Men’s Jump Finals, he leaped a near-gold 64.5 meters, missing the top spot by a mere 0.2 meters. Then, he showcased his versatility in the Men’s Tricks Finals, scoring 10,690 points and earning himself another silver medal. All eyes will be on him in tomorrow’s Men’s Overall Finals.

Canada’s Wakeboard Star:

Ashley Leugner, representing the maple leaf, took on the Women’s Wakeboard Finals and achieved a commendable 5th place.

What’s Next:

The end for Water Ski and Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games approaches! Tomorrow will see the Women’s Overall Finals, Men’s Overall Finals, and Men’s Wakeboard Finals. Paige Rini and Dorien Llewellyn, are set for the Overall Finals. Meanwhile, Hunter Smith will aim to dazzle in the Wakeboard Finals.

Join us and be part of the excitement! Don’t miss a moment and follow the live webcast and real-time results.

Livestream: https://www.panamsportschannel.org/main 

Schedule and Results: https://results-santiago2023.org/#/discipline/WSK/schedule/daily

WSWC CELEBRATES DORIEN LLEWELLYN’S TWO SILVER MEDALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Dorien Llewellyn Jumping in the Men’s Jump Finals on October 23, 2023 at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. 

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada proudly congratulates Dorien Llewellyn on his outstanding performance at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. In a thrilling display of skill and determination, Dorien secured two silver medals in Men’s Jump and Tricks.

In the highly competitive Men’s Jump Finals, Llewellyn delivered an extraordinary performance, leaping 64.5 meters, merely 0.2 meters short of claiming the gold medal. Addressing his incredible feat, he said, “It was a good day. Obviously getting medals at all is awesome and to get two in the two finals I was in is great.”

Reflecting on his silver in the jump event, Llewellyn stated, “I’d be lying if I said the silver in Jump wasn’t a little disappointing, especially to come that close. You’re talking about .2 meters; it’s tough.” He also acknowledged the challenges he faced following a significant foot injury, remarking, “I hold myself to a high standard and I feel like coming back from this injury with my foot, I’m just not where I was before, and it’s tough when you feel like you’re a little bit stuck in a cage.” In a gracious nod to his competitors, he added, “At the end of the day, Milo went out and crushed a jump, and I couldn’t match that. So congrats to him.”

Llewellyn’s exceptional day continued with the Men’s Trick Finals, where he achieved a remarkable 10,690 points. “To back it up with another silver in trick was great,” he remarked. “I was sitting in fourth going into the finals, and I went out and stood up. The name of the game is to always stand up and let everyone else make mistakes. The two guys made a couple of mistakes, and that’s just the game.”

Although he hasn’t yet secured the gold, Llewellyn remains resilient and focused. Looking ahead to the Men’s Overall Finals, slated for tomorrow, October 24, 2023, he expressed his determination, saying, “I haven’t gotten that medal yet that’s the right color, but the overall final tomorrow, so I’ll try to step it up.”

Dorien also discussed the emotional and physical challenges of returning to the jump event following a major injury, explaining, “Today was probably the first jump set where I came into it, and I was super pumped. It’s tough to go out there knowing that you had a serious injury in jump.” He further emphasized, “It’s improvements mentally and physically on the water.”

As he anticipates the upcoming finals, Llewellyn exudes confidence, stating, “I feel good. Everything I did today was an improvement on the first round, so if I just keep that momentum going, then I feel really good about where I am.” He highlighted the importance of consistency, sharing, “At the end of the day, same thing as what I did in the trick finals. You’ve got to go out there; you’ve got to put a score down. Other people might make mistakes, you try to limit your own and just see what happens.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is proud to support Dorien Llewellyn in his quest for excellence, and we invite fans to join us in cheering him on as he embarks on the Men’s Overall Finals, where he will compete in Slalom, Trick, and Jump. It’s sure to be another remarkable day on the water.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

CANADA’S DORIEN LLEWELLYN SET TO COMPETE IN FINALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Dorien Llewellyn Competes in the Men’s Jump Prelims on October 22, 2023 at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.
Photo Credit: Express Media / Panam Sports

Canada’s Dorien Llewellyn has made an impressive mark by reaching the finals in both the Men’s Trick and Men’s Jump events at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. This achievement shines even brighter given that it is Dorien’s second Pan American Games appearance.

In the 2019 Lima Pan Am Games, Dorien clinched gold in the men’s overall, silver in tricks, and bronze in jump. This year, he is accompanied by his Coach and father, Jaret Llewellyn, a renowned figure in the sport with 12 Pan Am Games medals under his belt.

Reflecting on his performance today, Dorien stated, “I’ve left a little bit to be desired in both Trick and in Jump.” Speaking about his Trick Prelims, he added, “I went out and stood up both my runs. That’s always the first objective as a trick skier – to stand up and make the finals.” Although currently sitting fourth in Tricks, Dorien remains optimistic. “I’m just on the outside looking in on the podium but it’s an awesome place to be for tomorrow because I get to go out there and put a score down. If I put out a big score, we never know what could happen.”

Discussing the jump prelims, Llewellyn shared, “I went out as the last skier. I haven’t had a ton of jump experience this year from crashing earlier in the year so there was still a little bit of those nerves, a little bit of butterflies.” He confidently adds, “I think I put myself in a good position to put out a big jump tomorrow in the finals.”

Dorien’s resilience shines through as he comments on his journey post-injury. “It’s been challenging for sure coming off of this injury. I’ve basically had a month of training leading up to this.” He continued, “The World Championships was a huge test and this is just another test. Coming to a site I haven’t been to in four years and still having some doubt about what’s the limitations of my body at the moment – it’s challenging. But, I’m going to go out there and give it my best.”

The highly anticipated Jump and Trick Finals are set to take place tomorrow, October 23, 2023. Fans and enthusiasts can see updates, schedules, and results by visiting the link here, https://results-santiago2023.org/#/discipline/WSK/schedule/daily.  

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

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

ALBERTANS FIND SUCCESS AT 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH 3 MEDALS

Ryan Dodd, Stephen Neveu and Dorien Llewellyn competing at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

The 2023 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) World Waterski Championships concluded on October 15th at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Florida. Water Ski Canada proudly announces that three Albertans have clinched medals, showcasing Canada’s strong presence in the global water ski scene.

Stephen Neveu’s Slalom Triumph

Making waves in Men’s Slalom, Stephen Neveu clinched his first-ever World Championships medal, a commendable bronze. Battling through challenging water conditions, Neveu’s determination shone brightly as he delivered a remarkable score of 3@10.25m/41off. This achievement marks a monumental milestone in Neveu’s water skiing career, proving his place amongst the world’s elite.

Ryan Dodd’s Legendary Feat in Men Jump

Demonstrating unshakable consistency and unparalleled skill, Ryan Dodd emerged as a 5-time World Champion in Men Jump. Dodd’s victory is even more astonishing considering that in the last five world championships, he has seized victory on his first jump in four of these events and on his second jump in one. With a commanding jump of 69.9m/229ft, Dodd added the 2023 title to his previous wins in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021, further solidifying his legacy in the sport.

Dorien Llewellyn’s Outstanding Comeback

After grappling with a foot injury that took him off the water for much of the season, Dorien Llewellyn made a grand comeback at the World Championships. Winning his second World Overall medal in addition to an impressive 4th place in Men Tricks. Llewellyn’s resilience and invincible spirit, especially in the face of adversity, is truly commendable.

As the sun sets on the 2023 Championships, Water Ski Canada and the entire Canadian water ski community celebrate the triumphant performances of their athletes and look forward to even more successes in the future.

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 

TEAM CANADA WINS SILVER AND INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team Canada Wins Silver at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. From Left to Right: Neilly Ross, Paige Rini, Whitney McClintock Rini, Ryan Dodd, Conley Pinette, Dorien Llewellyn. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Water Ski Canada proudly announces that Team Canada has emerged triumphant with a silver medal at the 2023 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) World Waterski Championships held at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Florida from October 10 to 15, 2023.

The six-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.

Highlighting the individual accomplishments:

Ryan Dodd (AB) showcased a spectacular performance to be crowned the 2023 Men Jump World Champion for the fifth time in a row.

Dorien Llewellyn (AB) demonstrated impressive skills, placing 4th in Men Tricks and clinching the title of 2023 Men Overall World Bronze Medalist.

Neilly Ross (ON) showed consistent excellence by placing 4th in both the Women Tricks and Women Slalom events.

Paige Rini (ON) secured a commendable 5th place in Women Tricks and 4th in Women Overall.

Contributions from both Conley Pinette (BC) and Whitney McClintock Rini (ON) played a pivotal role in ensuring Team Canada’s overall placement.

“Our athletes have once again showcased the depth of talent we possess in Canada. From individual accolades to team contributions, this Championship has been a testament to the dedication, passion, and hard work of our team. We’re incredibly proud of their achievements.” said Water Ski Canada representative. 

Water Ski Canada extends its warm congratulations to Team USA on their gold medal finish and to Team France for their bronze achievement.

To all the athletes, supporters, sponsors, and fans nationwide, we express our deepest gratitude. Your belief and backing have been instrumental in this journey, and we eagerly anticipate more shared successes in the future.

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=overall_team_classification 

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

 

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

WSWC AND THE COC ANNOUNCE CANADA’S WATER SKI AND WAKEBOARD TEAM SELECTED TO COMPETE AT THE SANTIAGO 2023 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have announced Canada’s water ski and wakeboard team selected to compete at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.

The Team Canada water ski and wakeboard team for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games is:

Athletes:

Water Ski
Dorien Llewellyn (Innisfail, Alta.)
Whitney McClintock Rini (Cambridge, Ont.)
Paige Rini (Winter Garden, Florida)
Neilly Ross (Orlando, Florida)

Wakeboard
Ashley Leugner (Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.)
Hunter Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.)

Canada qualified the maximum of four water skiers and two wakeboarders thanks to performances at the 2022 IWWF Pan American Championships for the two disciplines. Canada finished third in the overall open team classification for water ski.   

Dorien Llewellyn, who is coached by his father, 12-time Pan Am Games medalist Jaret Llewellyn, will make his second appearance at the Pan American Games. At Lima 2019, Llewellyn won gold in the men’s overall water ski event, a silver in tricks and a bronze in jump. At the most recent IWWF World Waterski Championships in 2021, Llewellyn won gold in men’s tricks and silver in men’s overall.

“I am incredibly excited and grateful to have the opportunity to represent Canada at the Pan Am Games for a second time,” said Llewellyn. “Not only does water skiing have a golden history at these Games, but my family does as well, with my father winning 12 Pan Am Games medals himself. The chance to build upon the legacy that we have created together is one that I will continue to cherish every time I am a part of the Canadian team at any level of competition.”

Nine-time IWWF world champion Whitney McClintock Rini will make her fifth appearance at the Pan American Games. In her previous four appearances (Rio 2007, Guadalajara 2011, Toronto 2015 and Lima 2019), she won a total of 14 medals, including five gold. At Santiago 2023, the twenty-year Canadian National Water Ski team veteran will return to the Laguna Los Morros venue where she has competed at numerous times throughout her career, including at the 2013 World Waterski Championships where she won a silver medal in both the women’s slalom and women’s overall.

Paige Rini, who won three bronze medals at Lima 2019 in the women’s slalom, tricks and overall events, will make her second appearance at the Pan Am Games. She finished the 2023 World Water Skiers Overall Tour with a bronze medal for her efforts throughout the season and looks to continue her podium performances at Santiago 2023.

Llewellyn, McClintock Rini and Rini will lend their significant Pan Am Games experience to teammates making their Pan Am debuts – Neilly Ross, Ashley Leugner and Hunter Smith. Ross is the 2017 IWWF world champion in women’s tricks and the 2017 IWWF Female Water Skier of the Year.

“I am beyond excited to be representing Canada at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile,” said Ross. “It has been a dream of mine to compete in this competition across sports for many years, especially in the footsteps of my dad who was able to win several Pan American Games Championships. I can’t wait!”

Ashley Leugner is one of Canada’s most decorated wakeboarders: a 7-time National Champion, World Championship Silver Medalist, Bronze World Cup finisher and many top ten finishes on the world circuit.

“Representing Canada at an event as prestigious as the Pan Am Games is a dream come true!” said Leugner. “It took a long time for women’s wakeboarding to be included in the Games and if I wasn’t able to represent Canada at least once, I would feel like I had unfinished business. I’m very grateful for the opportunity as I’m sure this experience will be one to remember for a lifetime!”

Hunter Smith rose up through the ranks of Wake Canada and Wake BC events winning his first national title at age 9. Smith is Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada’s 2022 Wakeboard Boat Rider Of The Year. 

“I’m excited and honoured to represent Canada at the Pan Am Games.” said Smith. “This is something I have been working towards for 14 years! Since I first stepped on a wakeboard at age 7, I fell in love with the sport. It has given me so many great friends and awesome life experiences.”

Water ski and wakeboard have been on the Pan American Games program since Mar del Plata 1995, where Jaret Llewellyn won the inaugural gold medal in men’s jump and men’s tricks in water ski. Since then, Canada has won a total of 56 Pan American Games medals in water ski and wakeboard, the highest total of any country. 

Water ski and wakeboard will take place October 21 to 24 (Days 1 to 4) at the Laguna Los Morros in the San Bernardo district of Santiago.

“As the Chef de Mission, I am proud to extend a warm welcome to these water ski and wakeboard athletes to the Canadian team on our way to the Pan American Games,” said Christine Girard, Team Canada’s Santiago 2023 Chef de Mission. “In a competition where the waves of Olympic recognition have not yet reached, our team composed of Pan American Games medallists and rookies promises to showcase skill and passion. Let’s make history and ride the tides of success at the 2023 Pan Am Games!”

Team Canada’s water ski and wakeboard team coaches and support staff for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games are:

Kyle Hunter (Paris, Ont.) – Team Leader
Jaret Llewellyn (Innisfail, Alta.) – Water ski coach
Matt Rini (Kingston, Ont.) – Water ski coach
Drew Ross (Belleville, Ont.) – Water ski coach
Dary Znebel (Mississauga, Ont.) – Wakeboard coach

Prior to being named to Team Canada, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Organisations.

The latest Team Canada Santiago 2023 roster can be found here.

Watch the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games Broadcast Channel here.

Follow the Live Results here.

Skier: Paige Rini

Rider: Ashley Leugner.

Rider: Hunter Smith.

Skier: Dorien Llewellyn.

Skier: Whitney McClintock Rini. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Skier: Neilly Ross. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

 

WSWC ANNOUNCES 2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is delighted to unveil its Board of Directors (BOD) for the 2024 term. Following the 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Town Hall held yesterday, WSWC has formally elected its new BOD.

The entire WSWC community extends its heartfelt gratitude to the departing members of the Board of Directors for their exceptional service, dedication, and contributions. Their tireless efforts have contributed immensely to the betterment of the water skiing and wakeboarding community in Canada.

Departing Board of Directors: 

Zack Grossman – Director at Large 

Matt Rini – Water Ski Director 

Scott Robertson – Director at Large 

As we bid farewell to the past directors, it’s also a moment of celebration as we welcome and congratulate our newly elected Board of Directors. Their commitment and passion for the sport will surely drive WSWC to new heights.

Additionally, a special thanks to the continuing Board of Directors who generously contribute their time, expertise, and energy to serve the WSWC community.

The 2024 Board of Directors for Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is as follows:

Erin Aubrey – Director at Large (newly elected) 

Heather Butts – Director at Large 

Rae-Lee Colcleugh – Director at Large (re-elected) 

Russ Dickson – President 

Bradley Gibbons – Water Ski Director (newly elected) 

Johnny Hayward – Director at Large (newly elected) 

Dorien Llewellyn – Athlete Rep Director 

Jaime McClintock – Director at Large (re-elected) 

Todd Spalding – Wake Director 

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is the national governing body for water skiing and wakeboarding in Canada. Dedicated to promoting these sports at every level, WSWC provides resources for athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts, fostering excellence and sportsmanship within a vibrant community passionate about the water.

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 

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.