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

 

PAIGE RINI BRINGS HOME ANOTHER MEDAL AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Paige Rini on the Women’s Overall Podium at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports 

Paige Rini has once again made the nation proud by securing a silver medal in the Women’s Overall Finals at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Championships.

The multi-disciplinary event saw Rini fiercely compete in all three categories – slalom, jump, and tricks, vying for the Overall Title. She initiated her medal quest with an admirable score of 2@10.75m/39off in the slalom. Transitioning seamlessly, Paige then made a commendable leap of 46.5m in the jump event and rounded off the day with a tricks score of 8890 points.

Entering the tricks discipline, Paige was behind by 216 points but managed to narrow down the gap to a mere 10 points, winning the silver medal and exemplifying the tight competition at this elite level.

This achievement is particularly notable as it marks Paige’s third medal at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, having previously secured bronze in both the Women’s Slalom and Women’s Jump events.

After the event, an elated yet reflective Paige shared, “It felt awesome, I was really close to that Gold which was a little bit frustrating but I’m just really thankful to be here and be representing Team Canada.” Discussing the nail-biting closeness of the competition, she mentioned, “It just comes down to those tiny little maneuvers, those seconds, those meters, it means everything for overall. I fell short a little bit but I’m still really proud of myself for everything I overcame.” On her overall haul at this edition of the Pan American Games, she expressed, “It feels awesome. Last Pan Am Games I had three bronze and my goal was to bring home either a silver or a gold and I met that goal.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada applauds Paige Rini for her unparalleled commitment, skill, and determination.

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.

Paige Rini Competing in Slalom during the Overall Event at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games

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.

WSWC CELEBRATES PAIGE RINI’S DOUBLE BRONZE AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Paige Rini of Canada competes in theWomen’s Water Ski Slalom Finals during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Monday, October 23, 2023. 

Photo by Leah Hennel / COC

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada proudly celebrates Paige Rini as she continues to add more medals to her impressive tally at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

Earlier this morning, Rini delivered a strong performance in the Women’s Slalom, securing a bronze medal with a score of 1@10.75m/39off. Not one to rest on her accomplishments, Rini then showcased in the Women’s Jump Finals, where she clinched another bronze medal with an impressive 47.3m jump.

In the Women’s Trick Finals today, Rini displayed commendable effort, finishing 6th. Fans and supporters can look forward to tomorrow, October 24, 2023, when Rini will compete in the Women’s Overall Finals in Slalom, Trick, and Jump. The day promises intense competition, with Rini geared up to deliver exceptional performances in all three events.

This marks Rini’s second appearance at the Pan Am Games. Recalling her prior achievements, she secured three bronze medals in Lima 2019.

Reflecting on her jump performance today, Rini stated, “The conditions were awesome, and I was just happy to be on the podium in jump.” With a determined spirit, she added, “I came into this event wanting as many medals as possible. Overall is my strongest, so that’s tomorrow, and I’m really excited. I get to start over a new day in all three events, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Expressing her pride in representing Canada, Rini remarked, “It feels like an honour just to be a part of this team and to represent Canada in water skiing.” She also shared her delight at contributing to the Panam Sports medal tally, saying, “To be a part of the medal count for Panam Sports in general is really cool for me.” Reflecting on her inspirations, Rini noted, “I’m inspired by all the older skiers and athletes that I have followed.”

As Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada, we are immensely proud of Rini’s achievements and her dedication to the sport. We eagerly await her performance tomorrow and wish her the best of luck.

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.

Paige Rini of Canada competes in theWomen’s Water Ski Slalom Finals during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Monday, October 23, 2023.  Photo by Leah Hennel / COC

CANADA’S PAIGE RINI SECURES A SPOT IN ALL THREE EVENT FINALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Paige Rini Competes in Women’s Slalom Prelims on October 21, 2023 at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games 

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports

Canada’s Paige Rini has ensured her place in all three event finals at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. Today, Rini showcased her skill in the Women’s Trick and Women’s Jump Prelims, earning herself a spot in the finals for both categories.

Paige tricked 8410 points in the Women’s Trick Prelims to secure a 5th spot in the Women’s Trick Finals. She will be going into the Women’s Jump Finals sitting in 3rd from her score of 45.9m in the Women’s Jump Prelims. 

With this achievement, Paige Rini has now confirmed her participation in the finals for Slalom, Tricks, and Jump. This astounding accomplishment underlines her consistency and commitment to the sport, ensuring fans and fellow competitors that they’re in for a treat during the finals.

Building on her impressive legacy, this is Paige’s second appearance at the Pan Am Games. During the Lima 2019 games, she proudly brought home three bronze medals in the women’s slalom, tricks, and overall events, solidifying her reputation as one of the sport’s elite athletes.

Water Ski and Wakeboard enthusiasts will have the privilege of witnessing Rini’s exceptional talent once more, as she competes in the Women’s Slalom, Jump, and Trick Finals on October 23, 2023.

For a comprehensive look at the Santiago Pan American Games’ details, schedule, and results, please visit the link, 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.

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.

ALBERTA’S RYAN DODD CROWNED WORLD CHAMPION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Water Ski Canada

Water Ski Canada is the national governing body for water skiing in Canada. Our mission is to promote, foster, and develop the sport of water skiing in all its forms throughout the country. We support athletes at all levels, from grassroots to high performance, and work to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all participants. 

Results, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF13&page=men_jump_results 

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

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

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

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

 

2023 IWWF WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS – SELECTION CRITERIA NOW AVAILABLE

The selection criteria is now available for the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. The event will take place on October 7-15, 2023 in Sunset Lakes, Groveland.

For more information about the event, CLICK HERE 

For the selection criteria CLICK HERE

Contact: Kyle@wswc.ca

CANADIANS SET TO COMPETE AT LA NIGHT JAM

Dorien Llewellyn. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 
The 2023 LA Night Jam is this Saturday, June 10, 2023 in Zachary, LA. The jump preliminary rounds will be during the day and the big show happens at night under the lights with the Night Finals.
The Pro Jump event will have the top 5 Men and top 4 Women from round 1 advance to the finals. There will then be a round 2 LCQ for the remaining 1 spot in the finals. The finals will consist of 6 Men and 5 Women competing under the lights to be crowned LA Night Jam Champion.
There will also be a slalom showcase with the top 4 skiers from the 2 rounds during the day making it through to the head-to-head finals.
Canadians to watch:
Dorien Llewellyn (AB) – Men’s Jump
Dominique Grondin Allard (QC) – Women’s Jump
Stephen Neveu (AB) – Slalom
Stay tuned into our social channels for updates throughout the event.
For more information about the event, CLICK HERE.
For live results, CLICK HERE.
For the live webcast, CLICK HERE.

Dominique “Dodo” Grondin Allard. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Stephen Neveu. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

2022 WSWC MALE WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Congratulations to Ryan Dodd, 2022 WSWC Male Water Ski Athlete of the Year 

In 2022 Ryan continued to be the best jumper in the world. He jumped over 70m five times and never missed the podium at a pro event. Out of six pro events, Ryan won four and placed second in two. 

Ryan started the season in Australia at the Moomba Masters where he placed 1st in Jump. His next event was the Masters where Ryan placed 2nd. Ryan’s second win of the season was in Louisiana when he won jump at the LA Night Jam. In August, Ryan competed at the Canadian Nationals in Edmonton where he won the Elite Jump division. The second half of the season brought three more pro events. Ryan placed 2nd at the California ProAm at the beginning of September. Ryan finished his season strong with two top place finishes. He won the Mastercraft Pro and the Malibu Open to complete his year. Ryan is also ranked number one in the world on the Open Men’s Jump World Ranking List. 

The 2022 season was great for Ryan and we cannot wait to see what 2023 has in store!

ALBERTA’S RYAN DODD BECOMES MASTERS CHAMPION

Ryan Dodd Jumping in the 2023 Masters Finals. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur. 

Alberta’s Ryan Dodd Dominates at the US Masters in Men’s Jump, Winning with Ease

The US Masters at Callaway Gardens saw an amazing performance by Ryan Dodd, who clinched the title in the men’s jump event. Dodd, who is the current world record holder and world champion, jumped 68.1 meters in the semifinals round and was the top seed going into the finals. 

In the finals, Ryan continued his dominance by jumping 67.9 meters, securing his place at the top of the podium. The Canadian athlete only needed two jumps to win the event and did not need to take his third jump, coming in after his second.

Dodd’s win at the US Masters is just the latest in a string of successes for the Canadian athlete. He has been a dominant force in the world of professional jumping, setting the world record and winning multiple world championships.

The US Masters is one of the most prestigious events in the world of water sports, with top athletes from around the globe competing for the title. The competition features some of the best water skiers, jumpers, and wakeboarders in the world, who compete for the coveted title of Masters champion. The event took place at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, and was attended by thousands of spectators who cheered on the athletes as they competed.

Ryan’s win is a testament to his incredible talent, hard work, and dedication. Congratulations to Ryan Dodd on his impressive win at the US Masters in Men’s Jump. We look forward to seeing what he will accomplish next.

Ryan Dodd after his Men’s Jump Win at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

Ryan Dodd Jumping in the Men’s Jump Semifinals at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

QUEBEC’S NELLIE ALLARD EARNS TWO MEDALS AT THE JR. MASTERS

Nellie Allard Tricking at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Quebec’s Nellie Allard wins silver and bronze at the Jr. Masters Water Ski Tournament. 

This weekend at the Jr. Masters held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, Nellie competed in the Jr. Women’s Overall, which consisted of three individual events; Slalom, Trick and Jump. 

The overall competition is a combination of the scores from all three of the individual events. Nellie secured herself a bronze medal in the overall competition with her performances in the slalom, trick and jump events. 

In the trick event Nellie came in 8th place, in the slalom event Nellie came in 5th place and in the jump event Nellie came in 2nd place. This is the second time she has won silver in the Jr. Women’s Jump at the Jr. Masters. 

Canadian teammate Megan Pelkey joined Nellie on the Jump and Overall podium. Megan finished 3rd in the Jump and 1st overall. 

The Jr. Masters brings together the best junior water skiers from around the world. The Masters is considered one of the most prestigious water sports events in the world. Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens is the venue for the Masters. Held every Memorial Day weekend, the lake was built specifically for the Masters competition.

Nellie Allard Jumping at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Nellie Allard Slaloming at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

ALBERTA’S MEGAN PELKEY IS CROWNED JR. MASTERS CHAMPION

Megan Pelkey Tricking at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

This weekend saw the crowning of Alberta’s Megan Pelkey as Jr. Masters champion. 

Megan Pelkey won the overall event at the 2023 Jr. Masters at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA this past weekend. To achieve this great result, Megan placed 3rd in the trick competition, 3rd in the jump competition and 6th in the slalom competition. Her personal best jump of 36.2m/119ft secured her the gold medal in the overall competition. 

This is Megan’s third consecutive victory in a major competition. At the PanAm Championships in Santiago, Chile in December 2022, Megan won the U17 overall title. In January 2023, Megan became the U17 World Overall Champion. Now Megan is a Jr. Masters Overall Champion with two additional bronze medals to her name. 

Fellow Canadian and teammate Nellie Allard (QC) finished 3rd overall in the Jr. Masters. 

The best junior water skiers from around the world compete in the Jr. Masters. The Masters is regarded as one of the most prestigious water sports events in the world. Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens is the venue for the Masters. The lake was built specifically for the Masters competition, which is held each year over Memorial Day weekend.

 

Megan Pelkey Jumping at the 2022 PanAm Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

BC’S LUCAS PINETTE EARNS BRONZE AT JR. MASTERS IN JUMP

Lucas Pinette Jumping at the 2022 PanAm Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Williams Lake’s Lucas Pinette wins bronze at the Jr. Masters Water Ski Tournament. 

Today at the Jr. Masters in Pine Mountain, GA, Lucas competed in the Jr. Men’s Jump event. In the semi-finals Lucas jumped 48.9m/160ft. This was enough to punch his ticket into the finals. 

In the finals, Lucas improved on his semi-final mark by three metres with a jump of 51.9m/170ft, which earned him a 3rd place finish in the Jr. Men’s Jump at the 2023 Jr. Masters. 

Lucas took to the water earlier in the day for the Jr. Masters Men’s Trick event. He scored 6220 points which put him in 6th place. 

Lucas was injured at the U17 World Championships in Santiago, Chile earlier this year. He has worked hard to come back from his injury. He qualified for the Jr. Masters in Jump and Trick and placed on the podium at the Jr. Masters in Jump. During the qualifiers Lucas achieved personal bests in all three events; Slalom, Trick and Jump. His season is off to a great start. 

The Jr. Masters brings together the best junior water skiers from around the world. The Masters is considered one of the most prestigious water sports events in the world. Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens is the venue for the Masters. Held each year on Memorial Day weekend, the lake was built specifically for the Masters competition.

For results and live webcast, visit https://www.masterswaterski.com/ 

Lucas Pinette Jumping at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

TWO CANADIANS ARE ON THE JR. MASTERS WOMEN’S JUMP PODIUM

Nellie Allard Jumping at the 2022 Jr. Masters.
Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Two Canadians are on the podium at the 30th Jr. Masters 2023.

Nellie Allard (QC) and Megan Pelkey (AB) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Jr. Women’s Jump event. Megan booked her ticket to the final with a personal best of 36.2m/119ft in the semi-finals. Nellie punched her ticket to the final with a score of 37.8m/124ft in the semi-final round. Going into the final, these two ladies were seeded 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the final, Megan jumped 35.3m/116ft to secure 3rd place. Nellie bettered her semi-final score with a jump of 40.7m/134ft to take the lead with one to go. Australia’s Kristy Appleton won the competition with a jump of 42.1m/138ft.

Fellow Canadian Kate Pinsonneault (BC) also competed in the Jr. Women’s Jump event and finished in 6th place with a score of 32.5m/107ft.

The Jr. Masters is attended by the best junior water skiers from all over the world. The Masters is considered to be one of the most prestigious water sports events in the world. The Masters is held on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens. The lake was built specifically for the Masters competition. It is held every year over Memorial Day weekend.

For results and live coverage, visit https://www.masterswaterski.com/ 

Megan Pelkey Jumping at the 2022 PanAm Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography