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

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

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

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

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

 

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

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

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports 

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

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

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

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

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

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

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

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

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

Photo by Leah Hennel / COC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

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

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

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

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 SECURES A SPOT IN ALL THREE EVENT FINALS AT THE 2023 SANTIAGO PAN AM GAMES

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

Photo by Express Media / Panam Sports

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

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

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

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

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

For a comprehensive look at the Santiago Pan American Games’ details, schedule, and results, please visit the link, https://results-santiago2023.org/#/discipline/WSK/schedule/daily

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada:

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

2023 IWWF WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS – SELECTION CRITERIA NOW AVAILABLE

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

For more information about the event, CLICK HERE 

For the selection criteria CLICK HERE

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2022 WSWC FEMALE WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography 

Congratulations to Neilly Ross, the 2022 WSWC Female Water Ski Athlete of the Year! 

Skiing consistently and strongly throughout the year, Neilly had an exceptional 2022 season earning 11 medals in slalom and trick at major events. 

The 2022 season started off strong with two medals at the 2022 Moomba Masters – a gold in trick and a silver in slalom. She then went on to finish 2nd in trick at the Masters and Botaski ProAm and 3rd in slalom at the Botaski ProAm. In mid-summer, Neilly became the 2022 World Games Trick Champion. At the Canadian Nationals in August, Neilly won both the Elite Trick and Open Trick divisions. Both times she scored over 10,000 points. To cap off a great season, Neilly won three gold medals at the PanAm Championships in Santiago, Chile. She took first place in the U21 Trick, U21 Slalom and Open Trick events. Neilly is also ranked second in the world in Open Women’s Trick.

We look forward to watching Neilly compete in the 2023 season! 

ONTARIO’S NEILLY ROSS EARNS BRONZE AT THE MASTERS

Neilly Ross Tricking in the Women’s Trick Final at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

Ontario’s Neilly Ross recently finished third at the 63rd Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament. 

Neilly Ross, the Canadian women’s trick  record holder, placed 3rd at the Masters held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. In the women’s trick semi-finals, Neilly scored an impressive 10,210 points to secure her place in the final. In the final, Neilly won the bronze medal with a score of 8,770 points. 

Neilly is no stranger to success in the world of water skiing. She is the Canadian women’s trick record holder, the second woman to ever trick over 11,000 points, and her bronze medal at the US Masters is another achievement to add to her impressive list of accomplishments. Neilly has been a rising star in the skiing world, consistently placing in top competitions and setting records. Her dedication and hard work has paid off and she continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in women’s trick skiing.

Neilly Ross has once again proven her talent and skill as a water skier, and we are proud to congratulate her on her recent success at the US Masters. We look forward to seeing what other achievements she will accomplish in the future.

Neilly Ross Tricking in the Women’s Trick Final at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALBERTA’S MEGAN PELKEY IS CROWNED JR. MASTERS CHAMPION

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

MONTREAL’S HANNAH STOPNICKI WINS JR. MASTERS TRICK

Hannah Stopnicki pictured with her trick ski on the beach of Robin Lake after winning Jr. Masters Women's Trick

Montreal native, Hannah Stopnicki wins the Jr. Masters Water Ski Tournament. 

Hannah competed in the Jr. Women’s Trick event at the Jr. Masters in Pine Mountain, GA today. In the semifinal round, Hannah scored 6,510 points, enough to punch her ticket into the finals and to be top seed in the finals. This meant that she would be the last skier off the dock in the Jr. Women’s Trick Finals and would have an idea of what she needed to win, not to mention extra pressure of knowing the score to beat. 

In Finals, Hannah scored 5,960 points which earned her the title of 2023 Jr. Masters Trick Champion. This is Hannah’s 3rd consecutive major win having won the 2022 U17 Women’s Pan Am Trick Title in November 2022 and winning the 2022 U17 World Trick Title in January. 

Hannah was joined on the podium with fellow Canadian teammate, Megan Pelkey who placed 3rd with a score of 4,970 points in the finals. USA’s Alexia Abelson placed 2nd with a score of 5,620 points in the finals. . 

The Jr. Masters features the best Junior water skiers from around the world. The Masters is considered one of the most prestigious watersports events throughout the world. The Masters is held on Robin Lake in Callaway Gardens. The lake was built specifically for the Masters competition which is held every year on Memorial Day weekend. 

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

 

Hannah Stopnicki Tricking at the 2022 Jr. Masters  Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Hannah Stopnicki Tricking at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography