SPLASH BLAST RETURNS AS THE PREMIER SPONSOR OF SHOW SKI CANADA & WSWC

Splash BlastTM is excited to return to the shores of Bala, Ontario this summer as the Premier Sponsor of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) and the SWS Muskoka Ski Shows. While the Tuesday night summer ski shows have been a tradition in Muskoka since the 1960s, this marks Splash Blast’s second consecutive year sponsoring the event.

“We had a blast last year, participating as Premier Sponsor of the SWS Ski show,” says Doyin Abanishe, Marketing Manager, BlueTriton Brands.  “The shows gave us a great platform to reach the right audience, and the SWS team paid such great attention to the execution details – weaving the brand story into the fabric of the shows. We’re delighted to be working with them again this year and can’t wait for summer!”

Like last year, free samples of Splash Blast will be given out each week by SWS staff and volunteers at the Ski Show. Hundreds of families are expected to be in attendance at the show each Tuesday night, as two shows last summer had an aerial headcount of over 3,500 people watching from the beach.

“Last year was the largest Tuesday night show we have ever done,” says Todd Hounsome, Chair of Show Ski Canada. “The amount of cheering and smiling faces is something I will never forget.”

Hounsome adds that teaming up with Splash Blast not only allows Show Ski Canada to showcase their talents to a much larger audience than they normally would be able to, but the sponsorship helps to fund things like team equipment and training.

“The Splash Blast brand aligns with the healthy and active lifestyle that our team promotes,” Hounsome says. “And this year’s sponsorship will even help fund our way to the World Show Ski Tournament in Mulwala, New South Wales, Australia in March 2025!”

Last year, the 16-act show featured Captain Splash Blast and his crew saving the day in front of massive crowds every Tuesday night.

“I was at one of the shows last August and it was awesome,” Abanishe says. “Watching the skillful athletes, feeling the energy of the crowd, and getting splashed in the Splash Blast zone were parts of the show I won’t forget in a hurry!”

So what will the show’s storyline be this year?

“You’ll have to come to Bala one Tuesday night this summer to see the show for yourself and find out,” Hounsome says.

The free show takes place Tuesday nights at 7:30 from June 25th through August 27th at

Windsor Park in Bala, Ontario. For more information visit https://swsmuskoka.com/shows/.

About Splash Blast

Splash Blast fruit-flavoured water has 0 calories, 0 sugars. It’s fun, flavourful hydration for your everyday! Available in four bold fruit-flavour options.

 About BlueTriton Brands

BlueTriton Brands offers an extensive portfolio of highly recognizable, responsibly sourced, and sustainably packaged national spring water, sparkling water and flavoured water brands including Pure Life® 100% spring water, Splash Blast™ flavoured water, Origin Organic® sparkling water and AC+ION alkaline water. Based in Stamford, Connecticut, with the Canadian head office in the Township of Puslinch, Ontario, BlueTriton Brands employs approximately 6,600 associates, inclusive of the US and Canada. BlueTriton Brands manages resources for long-term sustainability, and conserves more than 20,000 acres of watershed area in North America. The Company has 27 production facilities across North America, 16 of which are Alliance for Water Stewardship (“AWS”) certified across 15 sites, including the first Canadian AWS Certified facility in Hope, BC.

For more information visit, visit www.BlueTriton.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada

Representing several interest groups in the sport, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada has been in the business of serving the towed water sports community since 1949. A non-profit organization, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is the sole national sport governing body and recognized water ski and wake sport authority in Canada, representing all competitive Canadian towed water sports including adaptive water ski & wakeboard, barefoot, marathon, show ski, wakeboard, wake park, wakesurf, wakeskate, and water ski. As the national association, WSWC is also responsible for high performance, national championships, and developing the national programming for grassroots development, coaching and long-term athlete development.

About SWS Muskoka

SWS is all about summer. And in Muskoka, that means spending time on the lake. SWS is a family-owned business that has been helping people get out on the water for over 50 years, with full-service marinas, renowned ski shows, ski school and more. To learn more about the SWS Ski Shows visit https://swsmuskoka.com/shows/.

  Contact

Natalie Thomas

Milestone Integrated Marketing

Natalie.t@milestoneintegrated.com

519-760-2442

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN WATER SKI AND WAKEBOARD CANADA: 2023 AWARDS

Award Information & Criteria

It’s that exciting time of the year again when we come together to celebrate the outstanding individuals who contribute to the success of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC). WSWC is thrilled to announce the commencement of the nomination period for the 2023 WSWC Awards.

Objectives of the Awards

  • Honor the Best Representatives: Recognize individuals who epitomize excellence in their respective roles within our sport.
  • Stimulate Pursuit of Excellence: Encourage athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers to continually strive for greatness.
  • Favor Visibility of Excellence: Showcase and promote outstanding achievements throughout the country.
  • Create a Link with Sponsors and the Public: Strengthen the connection between excellence in our sport, our valued sponsors, and the broader public.

Award Categories for Public Nomination

  1. Steve Bush Coach of the Year
  2. Official of the Year
  3. Volunteer of the Year

Eligibility and Nominations

  • Nominations are open to WSWC members, including individuals, clubs, schools, and provincial associations.
  • Individual nominees must be WSWC members in good standing and Canadian citizens.
  • Nominations for each award must be made by a WSWC member in good standing.

Nomination Process

Please complete the nomination form in full to ensure that your nominee is considered for these prestigious awards. CLICK HERE for the nomination form.

Athlete Awards Nomination Details

The 2023 WSWC Athlete Awards will be nominated by and selected through the dedicated efforts of the respective sport councils/committees. This ensures a thorough and comprehensive evaluation, reflecting the excellence and dedication of our athletes.

Contact Information

For any inquiries or assistance with the nomination process, please contact:

Email: taryn@wswc.ca

Deadline for Nominations

The deadline for submitting nominations is December 31, 2023.

Note: Nominations are treated with the utmost confidentiality and are only reviewed by Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada and Selection Committee members.

 

French Translation | Traduction en français

 

Information sur les prix et critères

C’est encore cette période excitante de l’année où nous nous réunissons pour célébrer les personnes exceptionnelles qui contribuent au succès de Ski nautique et planche Canada (SNPC). SNPC est ravi d’annoncer le début de la période de mise en candidature pour les Prix SNPC 2023.

Objectifs des prix

  • Honorer les meilleurs représentants : Reconnaître les personnes qui incarnent l’excellence dans leurs rôles respectifs au sein de notre sport.
  • Stimuler la poursuite de l’excellence : Encourager les athlètes, les entraîneurs, les officiels et les bénévoles à rechercher continuellement l’excellence.
  • Favoriser la visibilité de l’excellence : Présenter et promouvoir les réalisations exceptionnelles dans tout le pays.
  • Créer un lien avec les sponsors et le public : Renforcer le lien entre l’excellence dans notre sport, nos précieux sponsors et le grand public.

Catégories de prix pour les nominations publiques

  1. Entraîneur de l’année Steve Bush
  2. Officiel de l’année
  3. Bénévole de l’année

Éligibilité et nominations

  • Les nominations sont ouvertes aux membres de SNPC, y compris les individus, les clubs, les écoles et les associations provinciales.
  • Les candidats individuels doivent être membres en règle de SNPC et citoyens canadiens.
  • Les nominations pour chaque prix doivent être proposées par un membre en règle de SNPC.

Procédure de nomination

Veuillez remplir le formulaire de nomination dans son intégralité afin que votre candidat soit pris en considération pour ces prix prestigieux. CLIQUEZ ICI pour obtenir le formulaire de nomination.

Détails de la nomination pour le Prix de l’Athlète

Les Prix de l’Athlète 2023 de SNPC seront nommés et sélectionnés par les efforts dévoués des conseils/comités sportifs respectifs. Cela garantit une évaluation approfondie et complète, reflétant l’excellence et le dévouement de nos athlètes.

Contact

Pour toute demande de renseignements ou d’assistance concernant le processus de nomination, veuillez contacter :

Courriel : taryn@wswc.ca

Date limite pour les nominations

La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est fixée au 31 décembre 2023.

Note : Les mises en candidature sont traitées avec la plus grande confidentialité et ne sont examinées que par Ski nautique et planche Canada et les membres du comité de sélection.|

SHOW SKI COUNCIL APPLICATIONS OPEN

Show Ski Council Update: A Grateful Farewell and New Beginnings

As we approach the renewal of terms, we want to share some bittersweet news. After five incredible years of dedicated service, Sandy Becher and Lindsay McKenzie have decided to step down from their roles on the Show Ski Council. The Council and the entire team extend heartfelt gratitude for the countless hours of commitment these two individuals have provided, contributing significantly to the growth and success of Show Ski Canada.

Under their leadership, Show Ski Canada has experienced tremendous growth. Notably, in 2020, the Development Team was just an idea on a whiteboard. Three seasons later, under Lindsay’s guidance, the Development Team boasts a roster of 35 talented individuals, with some making it to the final team roster in 2022. We express our sincere thanks to Sandy and Lindsay for their unwavering dedication.

Big Shoes to Fill: Seeking Two New Council Members

With Sandy and Lindsay leaving, we acknowledge the big shoes the Council will have to fill. Show Ski Canada is now on the lookout for two passionate individuals to join the Council. If you are a Show Ski member in good standing with your provincial governing body and prepared to dedicate a substantial amount of time to the role, we invite you to apply through this link: Application Form. Please send any supporting documentation to showskicanada@wswc.ca.

The deadline to submit your applications is, December 15, 2023. 

Council Composition and Appointment Process

The Show Ski Council comprises five positions, with four appointed by the Council and one elected. The current Council members Todd, Jordan, and Charlie will be appointing these roles in accordance with WSWC guidelines.

For any inquiries or questions, feel free to reach out to Todd at 416-805-2628 or toddhounsme@gmail.com.

Looking Forward: Show Directors and the 2025 Team

Once the new Council roles are filled, the focus will shift towards selecting Show Directors and finalizing the roster for the 2025 team. We are excited about the future and appreciate your ongoing support.

INAUGURAL FREESTYLE JUMP NATIONALS: A RESOUNDING SUCCESS!

This summer, history was made in the world of water skiing and wakeboarding as Show Ski Canada proudly hosted the first-ever Freestyle Jump Nationals, a thrilling competition that showcased the very best of Canada’s freestyle water ski jump talents. This groundbreaking event, officially sanctioned as nationals, took place at Gull Lake Rotary Park in Gravenhurst, Ontario. It marked a significant step forward in the development of this exhilarating discipline in Canada.

The Art of Freestyle Waterski Jumping

Freestyle waterski jumping is a captivating blend of acrobatics and water skiing, often seen in the awe-inspiring ski show performances. It involves heart-stopping flips and spins executed by fearless athletes on both one and two skis. While this discipline has long been a favorite in the United States, complete with regional competitions, national championships, and a professional tour boasting hundreds of participants, it has only recently started gaining prominence in the Canadian show ski community.

At the last world tournament, Canada proudly fielded five freestyle jumpers, with two of them achieving top-ten finishes, showcasing the nation’s potential in this exhilarating sport.

A Competition to Remember

The inaugural Freestyle Jump Nationals witnessed a commendable turnout, with 15 athletes initially registered for the competition. Although a few had to withdraw due to injuries, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the remaining 12 jumpers who competed across two captivating categories.

The categories that took center stage were:

Heli Category: In this category, jumpers demonstrated their aerial mastery with a 360-degree spectacle, pushing the boundaries of acrobatic waterski jumping.

Open Category: With no restrictions, athletes in this category had the freedom to choose between one or two skis, creating an exhilarating showcase of creativity and skill.

The competition featured the standard jump, standing at an impressive 5.5 feet high, similar to those seen in long-distance jump competitions. The participants were fortunate to utilize the existing ski jump at Gull Lake Rotary Park, where the Muskoka Extreme ski shows are hosted every Wednesday night throughout the summer, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event.

The event also attracted a diverse audience, with the families of the skiers offering their unwavering support, alongside curious spectators who had learned about the event through township advertisements.

Results that Soared

In the spirit of competition and celebration, the Freestyle Jump Nationals saw incredible performances across the board. In the Heli Category, the following athletes were on top:

Heli Category:

  1. Charlie Newlands
  2. Paul Knight
  3. Baxter Legace

In the Open Category, these exceptional athletes took home top honors:

Open Category:

  1. Jordan Long
  2. Darby Paddon
  3. David Brandstetter

A Bright Future for Freestyle Waterski Jumping in Canada

Beyond the medals and accolades, the true purpose of the event was to foster the growth of freestyle water ski jumping in Canada. The sport has been on an upward trajectory in recent years, and competitions like the Freestyle Jump Nationals provide athletes with the motivation to push their skills to new heights.

The inaugural Freestyle Jump Nationals was a resounding success and a testament to the incredible talent within the Canadian water ski and wakeboard community. Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is excited to look forward to another exciting season, as we continue to celebrate the thrilling world of freestyle waterski jumping.

Thank you to all participants, sponsors, and spectators who made this historic event possible. Your support is instrumental in elevating this extraordinary sport to new heights!

Sponsors and Prizes

The success of the Freestyle Jump Nationals wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to:

  • Flyman Skis
  • TEAMLTD
  • The Creative Care
  • Navigator Visuals
  • 11/17 Apparel
  • Muskoka Extreme
  • Summer Water Sports

These sponsors not only contributed to the event’s success but also offered fantastic prizes that added an extra layer of excitement to the competition.

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

NEW Deadline: September 17th, 2023

Join the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada Board of Directors

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

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

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

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

-About WSWC: CLICK HERE

-WSWC Board Roles and Responsibilities: CLICK HERE

-Nominations Application: CLICK HERE

-Electoral Policy: CLICK HERE

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

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Deadline: September 12, 2023

Join the Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada Board of Directors

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

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

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

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

-About WSWC: CLICK HERE

-WSWC Board Roles and Responsibilities: CLICK HERE

-Nominations Application: CLICK HERE

-Electoral Policy: CLICK HERE

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

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

SPLASH BLAST PARTNERS WITH WSWC FOR A SUMMER OF WATER WITH WOW

BALA, ON (June 5, 2023) – Splash BlastTM is gearing up for a summer of WOW on the water as the new Premier Partner of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) and the SWS Muskoka Ski Shows. Splash Blast will be on-site at Windsor Park in Bala all summer long while members of the Canadian National Ski Show Team put on a free show for families every Tuesday night.

“Our team is super pumped to present our Splash Blast show,” says Todd Hounsome, Chair of Show Ski Canada. “We’ve enjoyed incorporating Splash Blast into different aspects of the SWS Ski Show, and we can’t wait to showcase our sport to a much larger audience.”

Hounsome adds that visitors to the show can enjoy free samples of Splash Blast, which will be handed out by staff and volunteers each week.

“Our athletes are consistently hydrating their bodies with water,” says Hounsome. “Splash Blast takes that to the next level by adding all the awesome fruit flavours, and without adding any sugar like carbonated drinks. Anything that we can do to help families live healthier, we are all for!”

The SWS Ski Shows have been a tradition in Muskoka since the 1960s. The show, which is free for families to attend, takes place Tuesday nights at 7:30 from June 27th through August 29th. Kids can stand in the Splash Blast Zone if they want to get wet as part of the act, or pack some chairs to sit on a little further back to watch the amazing stunts.

“Splash Blast is about helping consumers explore the fun side of water,” adds Doyin Abanishe, Marketing Manager, BlueTriton Brands. “At the SWS Muskoka Ski Show, week in and week out, athletes show their incredible skills out on the lake. We couldn’t think of a better fit!”

Abanishe hopes this is the first of many years of partnership.

Those looking for a fun evening out this summer are encouraged to join Splash Blast and WSWC at the SWS Ski Show, Tuesday nights at Windsor Park in Bala. For more information visit https://swsmuskoka.com/shows/.

About Splash Blast

Splash Blast fruit-flavoured water has 0 calories, 0 sugars. It’s fun, flavourful hydration for your everyday! Available in four bold fruit-flavour options.

About BlueTriton Brands

BlueTriton Brands offers an extensive portfolio of highly recognizable, responsibly sourced, and sustainably packaged national spring water, sparkling water, and flavoured water brands including Pure Life® 100% spring water, Splash Blast™ flavoured water, Pure Life® sparkling water and AC+ION Alkaline Water. Based in Stamford, Connecticut, with the Canadian head office in the Township of Puslinch, Ontario, BlueTriton Brands has approximately 6,600 employees, inclusive of the US and Canada. BlueTriton Brands manages resources for long-term sustainability, and conserves more than 20,000 acres of watershed area in North America. The Company has 27 production facilities across North America, 16 of which are Alliance for Water Stewardship (“AWS”) certified across 15 sites, including the first Canadian AWS Certified facility in Hope, BC.

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada

Representing several interest groups in the sport, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada has been in the business of serving the towed water sports community since 1949. A non-profit organization, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is the sole national sport governing body and recognized water ski and wake sport authority in Canada, representing all competitive Canadian towed water sports including adaptive water ski & wakeboard, barefoot, marathon, show ski, wakeboard, wake park, wakesurf, wakeskate, and water ski. As the national association, WSWC is also responsible for high performance, national championships, and developing the national programming for grassroots development, coaching and long-term athlete development.

About SWS Muskoka

SWS is all about summer. And in Muskoka, that means spending time on the lake. SWS is a family-owned business that has been helping people get out on the water for over 50 years, with full-service marinas, renowned ski shows, ski school and more. To learn more about the SWS Ski Shows visit https://swsmuskoka.com/shows/.

Contact

Natalie Thomas
Milestone Integrated Marketing
Natalie.t@milestoneintegrated.com
519-760-2442

 

 

WSWC HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

2022 WSWC JUNIOR SHOW SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – ZACK PHAM-DINH

Congratulations to Zack Pham-Dinh, 2022 WSWC Junior Show Ski Athlete of the Year!

Zack Pham-Dinh started water skiing at age 3 on Sparrow Lake and on the Ottawa River. He has now been show skiing and training with the amazing athletes at SWS, Muskoka Extreme, Fern Resort, and the Canadian Junior Development Team which he has been a part of for 2 years.
Zack is a natural show skier and has effortlessly learned how to jump, do shoulder starts, base 2-1 pyramids, and is learning doubles. He also placed 3rd Barefoot Nationals in his age category.
Zack is dedicated to training in all disciplines, has great sportsmanship and has a bright future ahead.

2022 WSWC MALE SHOW SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – JORDAN LONG

Congratulations to Jordan Long, 2022 WSWC Male Show Ski Athlete of the Year!

Jordan Long is an exceptional show skier and a specialist in many disciplines including freestyle ski jumping, barefooting, hydro foiling, and wakeboarding. With his diverse skillset, he generously volunteers his time to coach up-and-coming skiers on the development team. He has been a key performer at the last 5 World Water Ski Show Championships. At the most recent World Championships in 2022, Jordan came 9th in the freestyle jumping individuals’ division and performed in 6 out of 13 acts in Team Canada’s competitive show. At the same event, he skied his way to winning the Male MVP Award of the entire tournament. In addition to this honour, Jordan was named 2022 @iwwfed Male Show Ski Athlete of the Year. He was also one of two Canadian athletes nominated for the Ski Show Podcast awards this year.

2022 WSWC FEMALE SHOW SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Carly Jones, 2022 WSWC Female Show Ski Athlete of the Year!

Carly Jones is Canada’s top swivel skier and placed 7th at the 2022 World Championships in the individual swivel ski competition. As part of Team Canada, Carly participated in most acts during the show; star swivel, pyramid, barefoot pyramid, women’s barefoot flyer, doubles, and ballet.
Carly is dedicated to the sport like no other. At the 2022 World Championships, she injured her knee during the show on Saturday. Although injured, that did not stop her from performing in the show on Sunday. She did not want to let the team down and persevered through her difficult acts.
Carly not only trains herself, but she also is a volunteer coach for the development team. She has a true passion for the sport, and it shows through her constant skill development and her mentorship.

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WE’RE HIRING – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

CLICK HERE for more information

Contact: careers@wswc.ca

 

Executive Director

Position:                   Executive Director

Location:                  Virtual – Ideally based out of Ottawa, ON

Office Structure:   Home Based Office Environment

Reports to:              President, Board of Directors

Type of Position:  Full Time Employee

 

Summary

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

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

 

About Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unity:  We are better together and unified in our approach

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

 

OUR PILLARS

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

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

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

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

 

Duties & Responsibilities

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

 

The Candidate

Qualifications & Experience

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

Skills, Knowledge & Competencies

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

Requirements

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

 

How to Apply

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

Deadline for Applications:  February 20, 2023

Email:      careers@wswc.ca

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

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

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

This position is supported by funding from Sport Canada.

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

 

UPDATE FROM WSWC, CEO, JASMINE NORTHCOTT

Hello & Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in sport,

Jasmine

Jasmine@wswc.ca