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. 

 

 

HUNTER SMITH WINS SILVER AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Hunter Smith on the Men’s Wakeboard Podium at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games 

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports 

Canada’s own Hunter Smith shone brightly on the Pan Am stage, winning the silver medal in Men’s Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. Despite the high-pressure stakes, Smith, who was third to take to the water in the finals, delivered a stellar performance that left the audience and judges in awe.

With his run complete and four competitors yet to perform, the anticipation was palpable. Every trick from the remaining riders meant an agonizing wait for Smith. Ultimately, his top-tier performance secured him a spot on the podium, a testament to his relentless commitment to the sport.

Overwhelmed with emotion after the event, Smith reflected, “A lot of hard hours, a lot of work, a lot of dedication. I’ve been working really hard to get to the Games and to succeed in finals is just an unbelievable moment. I couldn’t be happier.”

Smith’s success doesn’t just belong to him; it’s a beacon of inspiration for the entire wakeboard community in Canada. To his fellow enthusiasts and future athletes, Smith shared a heartfelt message, “Let’s just keep our sport going and keep it strong. It may be cold for 8 months out of the year but we can still get on the lake in the summer and push ourselves to be better.”

Training in Canada, where the climate doesn’t always cooperate, has its challenges. Smith has had to travel extensively to find the right training partners and conditions. “It’s really hard to find people to wakeboard with. I’ve made a lot of great friends in Florida and California to go train with. They let me stay at their houses, they let me ride their boats, and they let me train as much as I can. To those people in the States, I really appreciate you guys.”

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is immensely proud of Smith’s achievements and celebrates the dedication and passion he represents. This silver medal is not just a win for Smith but a testament to the determination of athletes and the incredible potential of wakeboarding in Canada.

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.

Hunter Smith Celebrating His Silver Medal In Men’s Wakeboard at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games with His Father

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

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

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


Morning Highlights:

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

Paige Rini: A Day of Bronzes:

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

Neilly Ross’s Silver Streak Continues:

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

Dorien Llewellyn: Dual Silver Success:

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

Canada’s Wakeboard Star:

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

What’s Next:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

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

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

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

WSC ANNOUNCES ATHLETES FOR THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Professional Team Canada Headshots: Johnny Hayward Photography

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

Canadian Team Athletes (6 Persons):

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

Individual Athletes:

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

Wild Card Athletes:

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

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

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

About Water Ski Canada

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

Professional Team Canada Headshots: Johnny Hayward Photography 

TEAM CANADA GEARS UP FOR THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS IN CALIFORNIA


Team Canada Gears Up for the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships in California!

We’re buzzing with excitement as the championship is right around the corner! Our remarkable athletes have completed their familiarization rounds, and we’re all set. It’s GO TIME!

Competition Details:

  • Date: September 14th to September 17th
  • Time: Starts at 8am (PT)

Catch the Thrill Live! Eager to be a part of this adrenaline-packed event? Dive into the live webcast and keep up with real-time results. Every moment promises unparalleled excitement, and you won’t want to miss any of it!

For all the details on the competition, including the full schedule, live results, and the link to the webcast, navigate to the links below.

A Shout Out to the Athletes: Best of luck to everyone participating. You’ve got an entire nation cheering you on. Go Canada Go!

Support Team Canada’s Journey: Our athletes give it their all, both in the water and out. To continue their journey towards excellence, we welcome your support. Team Canada is graciously accepting donations, which will aid our athletes as they compete in the World Championships. Every bit helps!

  • CLICK HERE to donate towards the Adaptive Water Ski National Team to help fund their trip to the World Championships.

Exclusive Online Auction: An exquisite piece of art by Team Member, Ryan Riehl, is up for grabs! This unique painting is available for bidding and will remain so until Monday, September 18th. Make sure you place your bid and stand a chance to own this masterpiece.

  • CLICK HERE to place your bid on the one-of-a-kind painting.

Don’t let this moment pass you by! Support, cheer, and be a part of Team Canada’s journey to glory.

WATER SKI CANADA ANNOUNCES TEAM FOR THE 2023 35+ PANAM WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Water Ski Canada Announces Team for the 2023 IWWF 35+ Pan American Water Ski Championships

Water Ski Canada is proud to announce the dynamic roster of 29 distinguished athletes set to represent Canada at the 2023 35+ Pan Am Water Ski Championships. These athletes are ready to showcase their skills and commitment on the international stage, competing for gold and glory.

Event Details:

Date: September 18-24, 2023

Location: Skyview Lake, Harmony, North Carolina

The lineup representing Canada consists of dedicated and experienced water skiers from various provinces, participating in various categories:

Alex Pennington (ON) – 55+ Slalom & Tricks

Bob Wink (ON) – 45+ Slalom

Bruce Dodd (AB) – 65+ Slalom & Tricks

Carolyn Cheetham (AB) – 55+ Slalom

Cindy Trueman (AB) – 65+ Slalom

Claire Sicotte (QC) – 70+ Slalom

Damaris Barry (BC) – 65+ Slalom, Tricks & Jump

Danielle Charest (QC) – 55+ Slalom & Tricks

Danny Anderson (ON) – 65+ Slalom

Dave Miller (BC) – 55+ Slalom

Dave Phillips (BC) – 65+ Slalom

Dick Horwood (BC) – 55+ Slalom, Tricks & Jump

Francis Leboeuf (QC) – 35+ Slalom

Jim Pakeman (ON) – 35+ Slalom

Johnny Hayward (BC) – 45+ Slalom, Tricks & Jump

Kate Ryan (ON) – 55+ Slalom

Kathy Phillips (BC) – 65+ Slalom

Kevin Head (BC) – 35+ Slalom

Mark Kirby (ON) – 55+ Slalom

Martin Charbonneau (QC) – 55+ Slalom

Michele Riordon (ON) – 35+ Slalom

Mike Lemyre (QC) – 45+ Slalom, Tricks & Jump

Oliver Plante (QC) – 35+ Slalom

Pierre Plouffe (QC) – 70+ Slalom, Tricks & Jump

Richard Lutfy (QC) – 65+ Slalom, Tricks & Jump

Rob Cresswell (ON) – 45+ Slalom

Scott Marshall (ON) – 65+ Slalom

Teresa Wiwchar (ON) – 45+ Slalom

Wendy Durigon (ON) – 45+ Slalom

The Team will be led by Pierre Plouffe as Coach and Wendy Durigon as Manager. 

Join us in cheering on Team Canada as they prepare for this prestigious event and chase gold! Your unwavering support propels our athletes to achieve their very best.

 

TEAM CANADA AT U21 WORLDS

Congratulations Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships.
There were PB’s and great performances on the water with Canada placing 4th in the Team Overall event.
A big thank you to My Family Canadian Distribution and My Family sponsoring Team Canada’s uniform.
For complete results of the event, visit the link below.

MUSKOKA WATER SKIER STRIKES GOLD AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Charlie Ross competing at the 2023 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships in Chapala, MEX.

Muskoka, ON’s Charlie Ross is the U21 World Champion in Slalom at the 2023 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships in Chapala, MEX. 

With a preliminary round score of 2.5@10.25m/41off, Charlie Ross was top seed going into the  U21 Men’s Slalom Finals – meaning as the last skier out in the finals he knew exactly the score he needed to win. Charlie needed more than 6 buoys at 10.75m/39off to win the Championships. He rose to the challenge by scoring 1@10.25m/41off to take the win and become World Champion. 

Charlie has a great future ahead of him. He is the current U21 World Record holder with a score of 4@10.25m/41off. This is Charlie’s first gold medal at a World Championships. 

The 2023 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships is taking place at Bocalaguna in Chapala, MEX from June 14-17, 2023. It brings the best U21 water skiers together from around the world as they compete to be crowned World Champion. 

Charlie trains in Muskoka, ON on Mary Jane Lake at Water Ski Muskoka with his family. Charlie follows in his father and sister’s footsteps of becoming a World Champion. Drew, Charlie’s dad is the 2012 World 35+ Slalom Champion and Neilly, Charlie’s sister is a multiple time World Champion in Slalom and Tricks. 

 

Event results, http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF14&page=live 

Event webcast, https://www.youtube.com/@waterskibroadcasting

Charlie Ross on the top of the Podium at the 2023 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships in Chapala, MEX.

SASKATCHEWAN’S CARTER LUCAS SECURES HIS SPOT IN THE JUMP FINALS AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD U21 WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Carter Lucas Jumping at the 2022 Jr. Canadian Open. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Saskatoon’s Carter Lucas qualifies for the U21 Men’s Jump Finals at the 2023 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships in Chapala, MEX. 

With a score of 55.8m/183ft, Carter has punched his ticket into the Finals and will be competing again on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Carter is currently sitting 5th place after the preliminary round, going into finals. He will fight for a spot on the podium in the finals tomorrow. 

The 2023 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships is taking place at Bocalaguna in Chapala, MEX from June 14-17, 2023. It brings the best U21 water skiers together from around the world as they compete to become World Champion. 

 

Event schedule, http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF14&page=TimeTable 

Event results, http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF1

Event webcast, https://www.youtube.com/@waterskibroadcasting 

QUEBEC’S NELLIE ALLARD SOARS HER WAY INTO THE JUMP FINALS AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD U21 WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nellie Allard Jumping at the 2022 U17 World Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography 

Quebec’s Nellie Allard qualifies for the U21 Women’s Jump Finals at the 2023 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships in Chapala, MEX. 

With a score of 41.9m/137ft, Nellie punched her ticket into the Finals and will be competing again on Saturday, June 17, 2023. This was a personal best score for Nellie that has put her in 6th place going into the finals. Nellie has also qualified for the U21 Women’s Slalom Finals that will also be held on Saturday. 

Nellie is the current U17 Women’s World Jump Champion, recently winning the title this past January. 

The 2023 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships is taking place at Bocalaguna in Chapala, MEX from June 14-17, 2023. It brings the best U21 water skiers together from around the world as they compete to become World Champion. 

 

Event schedule, http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF14&page=TimeTable 

Event results, http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF14&page=live 

Event webcast, https://www.youtube.com/@waterskibroadcasting