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

 

NEILLY ROSS FINISHES 2ND AT SWISS PRO TRICKS

2024 Swiss Pro Tricks Women’s Podium
1st: Erika Lang (USA)
2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN)
3rd: Anna Gay Hunter (USA)
Photo Credit: Waterski Pro Tour Facebook

Water Ski Canada proudly announces the outstanding performance of Neilly Ross from Ontario at the first Waterski Pro Tour event of the 2024 season, the Swiss Pro Tricks. Neilly delivered a stellar performance, securing a remarkable 2nd place finish at the event.

Neilly demonstrated her exceptional skill and determination throughout the competition, punching her ticket into the finals by scoring an impressive 10,610 points in the preliminary rounds. In the final, Neilly continued to shine, tricking a score of 10,370 points, earning her a coveted place on the podium.

Sharing the podium with Neilly were Erika Lang from the USA, who claimed 1st place, and Anna Gay Hunter, also from the USA, who secured 3rd place.

Water Ski Canada also celebrates the achievements of Quebec’s Hannah Stopnicki, who delivered a commendable performance, securing the 7th place, and Alberta’s Sean Kraus, who demonstrated his talent, finishing in 12th place.

The Swiss Pro Tricks, which took place this past weekend in Clermont, Florida on April 21, 2024, marked an exhilarating start to the 2024 season. Water Ski Canada congratulates Neilly Ross, along with all its athletes, on their outstanding performances, and looks forward to continued success throughout the season.

Event results, https://iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-24USA020&page=women_tricks_results   

Broadcast, https://www.youtube.com/live/ju–0UqAZLQ?si=4G5GHCC54q2G8_7y 

Waterski Pro Tour, https://www.waterskiprotour.com/ 

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

CANADIAN ATHLETES SHINE AT MOOMBA

Photos by: Sporting Moments by Shaun and Moomba Masters
What a weekend for Canadian water skiing at Jr. Moomba and Moomba Masters! Massive congratulations to our talented athletes who made us proud down under!
Every Canadian is coming home with hardware! Here’s a rundown of our podium finishers:
Moomba Masters:
Ryan Dodd – 1st in Men’s Jump
Whitney McClintock Rini – 2nd in Women’s Slalom
Neilly Ross – 2nd in Women’s Trick
Jr. Moomba:
Charlie Ross – 2nd in Boys Slalom
Hannah Stopnicki – 3rd in Girls Trick
George Malinovski – 3rd in Boys Jump & Overall

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. 

 

 

WSWC CELEBRATES SUCCESS ACROSS TOWED WATER SPORTS IN CANADA DURING THE 2023 SEASON

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is elated to share the remarkable achievements of Canadian athletes across towed water sports during the 2023 season. Athletes from Water Ski Canada, Wake Canada, Adaptive Water Ski Canada, Show Ski Canada, and Barefoot Canada showcased their unparalleled talent and dedication, earning accolades on the national and  international stage.

Canadian water ski athletes excelled at the 21 Water Ski Pro Events held across the world, amassing an impressive 14 gold medals, 10 silver medals, and 17 bronze medals throughout the year. The 2023 IWWF World Water Ski Championships saw Canada securing four medals and a coveted spot on the Team Overall Podium. Notable achievements include Ryan Dodd of Olds, AB, winning Men’s Jump, Jaimee Bull of North Bay, ON, triumphing in Women’s Slalom, Stephen Neveu of Calgary, AB, securing 3rd place in Men’s Slalom, and Dorien Llewellyn of Innisfail, AB, achieving 3rd place in Men’s Overall.

The 2022 IWWF U17 World Water Ski Championships were held in January of 2023 this year. Team Canada placed 2nd in the Team Overall event and won four individual medals with three of them being gold. Alberta’s Megan Pelkey placed 3rd in Girls Trick and won Girls Overall. Quebec’s Hannah Stopnicki won Girls Trick and Quebec’s Nellie Allard won Girls Jump. 

The 2023 IWWF U21 World Water Ski Championships were held in Mexico this year. Canada’s sole medal came from Ontario’s Charlie Ross who won gold in Men’s Slalom. 

The 2023 Santiago Pan American Games further showcased WSWC’s success on the water, with Canadian athletes bringing home nine medals in various disciplines. Dorien Llewellyn’s outstanding performance included a victory in Men’s Overall, 2nd place in Men’s Trick and Men’s Jump. Paige Rini of Ontario secured 2nd place in Women’s Overall, 3rd in Women’s Slalom, and 3rd in Women’s Jump. Neilly Ross of Ontario achieved 2nd place in Women’s Trick and 2nd in Women’s Slalom. Wake Canada’s Hunter Smith of Vancouver, BC, claimed 2nd place in Men’s Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

Bailey Rush of Gull Lake, AB, represented Wake Canada with distinction, dominating the 2023 Competitive Wake Surf Association (CWSA) World Championships. Bailey secured 1st place in Pro Female Skim and 1st in Pro Female Surf, marking a phenomenal year for Wake Canada on the global stage.

On the National stage, Wake Canada had the 2023 Wakeboard & Wakeskate Boat Nationals hosted by Wake BC and the 2023 Wakeboard & Wakeskate Wake Park Nationals hosted by Wake Ontario this summer. 

The 2023 Wakeboard & Wakeskate Boat Nationals was host to over 60 riders who competed at Deas island Regional Park in Delta, BC. To learn more about the event and for results, CLICK HERE

The 2023 Wakeboard & Wakeskate Wake Park Nationals featured over 80 riders who competed at Planet Bayou Wake Park in Dufferin County, ON. To learn more about the event and for results, CLICK HERE.

Adaptive Water Ski Canada made history at the 2023 IWWF World Disabled Water Ski Championships by earning Canada’s first-ever team medal at a Worlds, securing a remarkable 2nd place. Additionally, Blake Lamontagne of Wawota, SK, a member of the Adaptive Water Ski Canada team set a World Record in MP3 Men’s Tricks at the World Championships. Team Canada brought home six individual medals, including Ashley Baerg of Dalmeny, SK, achieving 3rd place in Seated Ladies Slalom, 2nd in Seated Ladies Jump, and 3rd in Seated Ladies Overall. Gord Tuck of Lake Cowichan, BC, secured 2nd place in Standing Men Slalom, Blake Lamontagne claimed 2nd place in Seated Men Tricks, and Phil Kerr of Ontario achieved 3rd place in Seated Men Jump.

Show Ski Canada celebrated a milestone by hosting their first-ever Freestyle Jump Nationals this season. This exciting addition to the calendar highlighted the organization’s commitment to innovation and growth within the sport. Furthermore, Show Ski Canada formed a strategic partnership with Splash Blast Canada, enhancing the spectator experience and bringing an extra dimension to the events.

This year, Barefoot Canada sent five competitors on Team Canada to the 2023 IWWF World Open, Under 23 & Junior Barefoot Waterski Championships in Mulwala Australia. Canada also had two officials at the event. During the season, there were multiple events and clinics held throughout Canada. Two barefoot jump clinics were held this summer to continue the development of new jumpers.

WSWC extends heartfelt congratulations to all the athletes and sport disciplines for their outstanding achievements, exemplifying Canada’s dominance in towed water sports globally.

Hunter Smith places 2nd in Men’s Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports.

Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF World Water Ski Championships. Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography.

Team Canada at the 2023 Barefoot World Championships. Photo by: Kym Bond & IWWF Facebook.

RECORD-BREAKING MOMENTS OF THE 2023 WATER SKI SEASON

As the curtains close on the thrilling 2023 water ski season, it’s time to reflect on the awe-inspiring moments that defined this year. From Ontario to Alberta and down to the U.S., these remarkable athletes pushed the boundaries, leaving a splash of records in their wake.

Neilly Ross’s Trick Masterclass

Adding to the list of extraordinary accomplishments, we rewind to the beginning of the 2023 season, where Ontario’s Neilly Ross showcased her tricking prowess in Florida. Neilly left spectators in awe as she tricked an astounding 11,120 points, not only setting the Open Women Trick Record but also securing the Women Trick Record.

Dave Mann’s Double Triumph in Men 70+ Slalom

The season kicked off with a splash for Dave Mann. Hailing from Ontario, Dave delivered a stellar performance at the Capital Slalom Challenge in late June. Competing in the Men 70+ Slalom category, Dave not only broke the record once but did it twice in a single weekend. His first astounding feat was 2@12m/52km, followed by an even more impressive record of 4@12m/52km the next day.

Reg Toliver’s Home Soil Triumph at Nationals

August witnessed a stellar display of skill by Reg Toliver from Alberta at the 2023 Canadian Water Ski Championships. Competing in the Men 80+ Slalom category, Reg set the waters ablaze with a record-breaking performance, achieving an impressive 5@18.25m/49km. What makes this feat even more special is that he accomplished it on his home turf in Edmonton, Alberta.

Kristy Kraus’ End of Season Record

The excitement continued into September as Kristy Kraus from Alberta made waves in Texas. At this event, Kristy achieved a new Women 45+ Slalom record with a score of .5@11.25m/52km.

Congratulations

As we bid adieu to the 2023 water ski season, a resounding congratulations echoes across the waters to Dave Mann, Reg Toliver, Kristy Kraus, and Neilly Ross. Their dedication, skill, and unwavering spirit have not only broken records but have also set a new standard for excellence in water skiing.

Stay tuned for more exhilarating moments as we eagerly anticipate the upcoming water ski season. Until then, let the ripples of these record-breaking achievements inspire the water skiing community to reach new heights on the water.

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 CELEBRATE’S NEILLY ROSS’ DUAL SILVER MEDALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Neilly Ross of Canada competes in the Women’s Water Ski Slalom Finals during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Monday, October 23, 2023. 

Photo by Leah Hennel / COC

Neilly Ross continued to make her mark at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games today, clinching not one, but two silver medals to add to Canada’s proud tally.

Opening her account for the day, Ross competed in the Women’s Slalom event, with a remarkable score of 3@10.75m/39off, securing her first silver. She was joined on the podium with fellow Canadian Team Member Paige Rini who won bronze. Ross then went on to compete in the Women’s Tricks Finals. Her tactical yet ambitious execution earned her a score of 10,870 points, culminating in her second silver for the day.

Reflecting on her performance, Ross shared, “My goal was to come here and try to get on the podium twice, I did that so I’m walking away accomplishing my goal. I wanted to go for the gold in tricks, I had a run that could do it. I was a little bit slow but I’m still very proud to be representing Canada with the silver medal.”

Ross delved into the intricacies of the tricks event, adding, “It’s tough because in tricks it’s so much strategy based off of what other people do. I went with a very high scoring run and it’s pretty risky because if one trick is out of time, you lose a lot of points. We went for it, I still got a really high score, it could have been a little bit higher but we went for it.”

The camaraderie between Ross and fellow skier Paige Rini was palpable as they championed the Canadian spirit. Speaking about their shared journey and the future, Ross mentioned, “Paige and I have talked about it, we’ve known each other literally since before we were born. We’ve talked about our lives and how long we’ll be skiing for. She’s one of my best friends and we want to keep doing it for as long as we can. Definitely, there’s a new generation coming into the sport.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is immensely proud of Ross’s accomplishments and commends her unwavering dedication to the sport. We look forward to more inspiring performances from her and the entire Canadian.

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 and Neilly Ross of Canada pose for a photo during the Women’s Water Ski Slalom Finals during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Monday, October 23, 2023. Photo by Leah Hennel / COC

WSWC ANNOUNCES FIRST MEDALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Neilly Ross (left) and Paige Rini (right) celebrate after winning Silver and Bronze in Women’s Slalom at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games

History has been made today as Canada celebrates its first medals in Water Ski and Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. National athletes Neilly Ross and Paige Rini showcased their exceptional skills in the Women’s Slalom Finals earlier this morning.

Rini secured the bronze position with a commendable score of 1@10.75m/39off, while Ross earned the silver with a score of 3@10.75m/39off. 

The day is yet to conclude for these two outstanding athletes. Both will face challenging competitors in the Women’s Trick Finals later today. Furthermore, Paige Rini will be showcasing her talent in the Women’s Jump Finals.

When reflecting on today’s competition, Neilly Ross shared, “It was stressful.” Paige resonated with her teammate’s sentiment, “It was, it really was. You always have the podium score at the back of your mind. You don’t want to mess it up. As soon as I passed that score, I just told myself to go for it. Whatever happened, happened and we ended up on the podium.”

Neilly added, “Same for me. We both knew what the podium score would be. After reaching that point, you really have to go for it. We both did just that and now, we’re proud to bring home two medals for Canada.”

The support from their homeland has been a motivation for the athletes. Neilly reached out with a heartfelt message, “Thank you, Canada, for supporting us. We hope as many people as possible can support water skiing. It’s an incredible sport, so many people can get involved in it, and it’s so much fun.”

The spirited Paige Rini expressed her ongoing commitment and dedication, “I have the trick and jump finals coming up for later today. Then, a full day of overall tomorrow. It’s been fun, but it’s not over yet.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is immensely proud of Neilly Ross and Paige Rini for their remarkable achievements. The entire nation eagerly awaits their upcoming performances.

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.

Neilly Ross slaloming in the Women’s Slalom Finals on October 23, 2023 at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. Photo by Express Media Panam Sports

CANADA’S NEILLY ROSS CURRENTLY 2ND GOING INTO TRICK FINALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

Neilly Ross 

Photo by Johnny Hayward / COC

A commendable performance by Canada’s Neilly Ross in the Women’s Trick Prelims at the Santiago Pan American Games has put her in a solid second position going into Finals, with an impressive score of 10,430 points. She’ll be taking to the water in finals tomorrow, October 23, 2023. 

A prodigy in her own right, Santiago holds a special place in Neilly’s heart. “This place is awesome. It means so much to me because when I was 12, I competed in my first World Championships here. It’s the place where I made my first Worlds finals,” Ross reminisced about her journey. Today, she’s come full circle and is poised to make history yet again on the very waters where her international journey began.

Ross spoke candidly after her trick prelims performance, “I’m very excited to have stood up, I’m into the finals and I’m ready to go for it tomorrow and go for the win.” Offering insight into her strategy, she mentioned, “In prelims, it’s a little bit of a different mindset than in finals. In prelims it’s a lot about slowing down a little bit. Making sure you stand up. I wanted to make sure I had some good feelings without trying to go super fast. I was a little bit slower than I wanted to but tomorrow we’ll go for it and be a bit quicker.”

In addition to her trick performance, Ross is also set to compete in the Slalom finals tomorrow. Speaking about juggling two high-intensity finals, Ross enthusiastically shared, “Tomorrow in finals, there’s going to be nerves but I’m going to go for it. You have to go for the gold in both, try to win in everything.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is proud of Neilly Ross’s achievements and is excited to see her give her best in the finals. Fans and supporters can stay updated with all the information they need by visiting 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 PAIGE RINI AND NEILLY ROSS ADVANCE TO SLALOM FINALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Paige Rini of Canada competes in the Women Slalom Prelims during the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games on October 21, 2023. 

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada proudly announces that Paige Rini and Neilly Ross have earned their spots in the Women’s Slalom Finals at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games.

The Women’s Slalom event kicked off the Water Ski and Wakeboard competitions at this year’s Pan Am Games. The Canadian trio of Paige Rini, Neilly Ross, and Whitney McClintock Rini all tied with impressive scores of 2 buoys at 10.75m/39off.

Due to a unique circumstance and the competition’s rules stating that only two athletes from one nation can progress into the finals, the three Canadian athletes were required to participate in a tension-filled run-off. After a showdown on the water, Rini and Ross emerged victorious, securing their esteemed places in the Women’s Slalom Finals.

Fans and supporters are eagerly awaiting the Women’s Slalom Finals set to take place on Monday, October 23, 2023. As the world tunes in, Canada’s finest will be ready to showcase their talent, hoping to bring home gold.

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 Photo by Johnny Hayward / COC

Neilly Ross Photo by Johnny Hayward / COC

Whitney McClintock Rini Photo by Johnny Hayward / COC

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

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

 

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