U17 WATER SKI WORLDS SELECTION CRITERIA INFORMATION SESSION

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography 

Greetings Water Ski Canada Members,

We are delighted to inform you that the comprehensive selection criteria for the upcoming 2024 IWWF U17 World Water Ski Championships is now accessible. To facilitate a thorough understanding of this criteria and to address any queries you may have, we are organizing a Zoom call.

Zoom Call Information:

  • Date: December 5th, 2023
  • Time: 4PM Pacific / 5PM Mountain / 6PM Central 7:00 PM Eastern / 8PM Atlantic

Zoom Call Link and Login Details: Click Here to Join the Zoom call

  • Meeting ID: 850 7873 6620
  • Passcode: 264953

Canadian Dial-in Numbers:

  • +1 780 666 0144
  • +1 204 272 7920
  • +1 438 809 7799
  • +1 587 328 1099
  • +1 647 374 4685
  • +1 647 558 0588
  • +1 778 907 2071

Should you prefer a Calendar invite for your convenience, kindly forward your request to Kyle Hunter at kyle@wswc.ca.

Selection Criteria Documents: All documents outlining the selection criteria for the U17 World Championships are available by clicking here.

This Zoom call extends an invitation to all interested members of the Water Ski Canada community. Athletes, coaches, and dedicated supporters, your presence and engagement are invaluable as we collectively work towards selecting our Canadian representatives for the 2024 IWWF U17 World Water Ski Championships.

We encourage you to mark your calendars and participate in this informative session to ensure transparency and clarity throughout the selection process.

We look forward to your active participation on December 5th.

 

– – – FRENCH VERSION BELOW  /  VERSION FRANÇAISE CI-DESSOUS – – –

 

SESSION D’INFORMATION SUR LES CRITÈRES DE SÉLECTION POUR LES CHAMPIONNATS DU MONDE DE SKI NAUTIQUE DES MOINS DE 17 ANS

Crédit photo : Johnny Hayward Photography

Salutations aux membres de Ski nautique Canada,

Nous sommes ravis de vous informer que les critères de sélection complets pour les prochains Championnats du monde de ski nautique U17 de l’IWWF 2024 sont maintenant accessibles. Afin de faciliter une compréhension approfondie de ces critères et de répondre à toute question que vous pourriez avoir, nous organisons un appel Zoom.

Informations sur l’appel Zoom :

Date : 5 décembre 2023
Heure : 16h00 Pacifique / 17h00 Montagne / 18h00 Central 19h00 Est / 20h00 Atlantique

Lien de l’appel Zoom et détails de connexion : Cliquez ici pour participer à l’appel Zoom

Identifiant de la réunion : 850 7873 6620
Code d’accès : 264953

Numéros d’appel canadiens :

+1 780 666 0144
+1 204 272 7920
+1 438 809 7799
+1 587 328 1099
+1 647 374 4685
+1 647 558 0588
+1 778 907 2071

Si vous préférez recevoir une invitation par calendrier, veuillez transmettre votre demande à Kyle Hunter à l’adresse kyle@wswc.ca.

Documents relatifs aux critères de sélection : Tous les documents décrivant les critères de sélection pour les Championnats du monde U17 sont disponibles en cliquant ici.

Cet appel Zoom est une invitation à tous les membres intéressés de la communauté de Ski nautique Canada. Athlètes, entraîneurs et partisans dévoués, votre présence et votre engagement sont inestimables alors que nous travaillons collectivement à la sélection de nos représentants canadiens pour les Championnats du monde de ski nautique U17 de l’IWWF de 2024.

Nous vous encourageons à inscrire à votre agenda et à participer à cette séance d’information afin d’assurer la transparence et la clarté tout au long du processus de sélection.

Nous nous réjouissons de votre participation active le 5 décembre.

CANADIAN WATER SKI ATHLETES SHINE AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team Canada at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

The Canadian Water Ski Team has left a lasting mark at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships, which unfolded from October 10 to 15 at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Florida. The extraordinary dedication and exceptional skill of Canada’s 18 athletes were on full display, resulting in a haul of 10 top 5 finishes, 2 gold medals, 2 bronze medals, and the highly coveted Team Overall silver medal. Every athlete made their nation proud in this thrilling competition.

6-Member Canadian Team:

The 6-Member Canadian Team was on full display as the team not only secured second place behind Team USA (with France taking third), but also participated in eight finals across the slalom, tricks, and jump events. 

Ryan Dodd (AB) demonstrated his talent in the Men’s Jump event. During the preliminary round, he jumped 69m/226ft, securing the top seed. In the Men’s Jump Finals, Ryan delivered a breathtaking first jump of 69.9m/229ft, which earned him the coveted title of World Champion. This remarkable victory marked Ryan’s fifth consecutive World Title, reaffirming his status as a legendary water ski champion.

Dorien Llewellyn (AB) showcased unshakable determination, battling through a foot injury that had kept him sidelined for the majority of the season. Against all odds, he not only qualified for the Men Tricks Finals but also secured a bronze in Men Overall.

Neilly Ross (ON) showcased her exceptional abilities in both Women Slalom and Tricks, securing a respectable 4th place in each event. In the Slalom Finals, she ran 2@10.75m/39off, which tied her for 3rd place but ultimately led to a well-deserved 4th position.

Paige Rini (ON) made an unforgettable debut in the World Jump Finals. Paige also secured a 5th place finish in Women Tricks and a 4th place finish in Women Overall. 

Conley Pinette (BC) left his mark in Men’s Jump, earning a finals spot and finishing in the 9th position.This achievement marked Conley’s highest Worlds placement and is a testament to his dedication and growing expertise.

Whitney McClintock Rini (ON), despite an unfortunate early fall in the finals, played a pivotal role in ensuring Team Canada’s overall placement, demonstrating her commitment to the team’s success.

Canadian Individual Athletes: 

Jaimee Bull (ON) entered the competition as the reigning World Champion in Women Slalom and added another feather to her cap by securing the back-to-back World Championship Title. 

Stephen Neveu (AB) exhibited his finesse in Men’s Slalom, earning his first World Medal with a Bronze and achieving an impressive score of 3@10.25m/41off.

Cole McCormick (ON) marked his debut in a Worlds Final with a remarkable performance in Men Slalom, securing the 4th position with a score of 3@10.75m/41off.

Olivia Chute (NS) showcased her skills by reaching the Women Tricks Finals, marking her first appearance in a World Finals and finishing in the 9th position.

Hannah Stopnicki (QC) made a remarkable impression during her first Open Worlds. She exceeded expectations in the preliminary rounds, setting a personal best with a score of 7260 points, the first time she tricked over 7000. This achievement secured her a spot in the Women Tricks Final, where she finished in 10th place.

Megan Pelkey (AB) marked her inaugural World Championships, showcasing the bright future of Canadian water skiing.

Dominique Grondin-Allard (QC) was a force in Women Jump, entering the finals as the second seed, her jump measuring 51.9m/170ft.

Thomas Daigle (QC) made an impactful debut, jumping an astounding 61.1m/200ft in Men Jump – a personal best and first time jumping 200 feet. 

Carter Lucas (SK), on his first World Championships appearance, leaped 57.7m/189ft in Men Jump prelims.

Charlie Ross (ON) in his second World Championships appearance scored a commendable 3.5@10.75m/39off in Men Slalom.

Jamie Calhoun (ON), in his second World Championships, scored 3@10.75m/39off in Men Slalom.

Bradley Gibbons (AB), a fresh face in the Men Slalom event, made his mark at his debut World Championships.

Water Ski Canada commends every athlete for their unwavering commitment, resilience, and exceptional skill. Their achievements serve as an inspiration to future generations and reinforce Canada’s position as a dominant force in the world of waterskiing.

About Water Ski Canada

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

Thank you to MyFamily Pets Canada and MyFamily Pets for the Team Canada Uniform sponsorship. 

Compete Results, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/23IWWF13/ 

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

Team Canada at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

TEAM CANADA WINS SILVER AND INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team Canada Wins Silver at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. From Left to Right: Neilly Ross, Paige Rini, Whitney McClintock Rini, Ryan Dodd, Conley Pinette, Dorien Llewellyn. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Water Ski Canada proudly announces that Team Canada has emerged triumphant with a silver medal at the 2023 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) World Waterski Championships held at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Florida from October 10 to 15, 2023.

The six-member Canadian Team was on full display as the team not only secured second place behind Team USA (with France taking third), but also participated in eight finals across the slalom, tricks, and jump events.

Highlighting the individual accomplishments:

Ryan Dodd (AB) showcased a spectacular performance to be crowned the 2023 Men Jump World Champion for the fifth time in a row.

Dorien Llewellyn (AB) demonstrated impressive skills, placing 4th in Men Tricks and clinching the title of 2023 Men Overall World Bronze Medalist.

Neilly Ross (ON) showed consistent excellence by placing 4th in both the Women Tricks and Women Slalom events.

Paige Rini (ON) secured a commendable 5th place in Women Tricks and 4th in Women Overall.

Contributions from both Conley Pinette (BC) and Whitney McClintock Rini (ON) played a pivotal role in ensuring Team Canada’s overall placement.

“Our athletes have once again showcased the depth of talent we possess in Canada. From individual accolades to team contributions, this Championship has been a testament to the dedication, passion, and hard work of our team. We’re incredibly proud of their achievements.” said Water Ski Canada representative. 

Water Ski Canada extends its warm congratulations to Team USA on their gold medal finish and to Team France for their bronze achievement.

To all the athletes, supporters, sponsors, and fans nationwide, we express our deepest gratitude. Your belief and backing have been instrumental in this journey, and we eagerly anticipate more shared successes in the future.

About Water Ski Canada

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

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

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

 

ALBERTA’S STEPHEN NEVEU WINS FIRST EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDAL

Stephen Neveu Slaloms during the Men Slalom Finals at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski Canada proudly celebrates Alberta’s very own Stephen Neveu as he secures his first-ever World Championship medal with a bronze in Men Slalom at the prestigious 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships held at Sunset Lakes, Groveland, FL.

In the face of challenging conditions, Stephen demonstrated exceptional skill, finesse, and determination during today’s finals. His outstanding performance saw him achieve a score of 3@10.25m/41off, a testament to his dedication and commitment to the sport.

The 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships, which took place from October 10-15, is an esteemed event attracting over 200 of the world’s best water skiers. 

Stephen Neveu’s win is not just an individual triumph but also a proud moment for the entire Canadian water skiing community. As the season concludes, his victory leaves a mark, setting the tone for the upcoming athletes and adding another chapter to the history of Canadian water skiing.

About Water Ski Canada

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

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

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

Stephen Neveu on the Men Slalom Podium at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

ALBERTA’S RYAN DODD CROWNED WORLD CHAMPION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Water Ski Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

4 CANADIANS SET TO COMPETE IN JUMP FINALS AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dominique Grondin Allard competes in the Women Jump Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Water Ski Canada proudly announces the qualification of several of its distinguished athletes for the Open Men Jump and Open Women Jump Finals at the 2023 IWWF Water Ski Championships.

From Alberta, both Ryan Dodd and Dorien Llewellyn have showcased outstanding performances. Ryan, with a preliminary round score of 69m/226ft, is poised at top seed as he progresses to the finals. 

Not to be outdone, British Columbia’s Conley Pinette also soared through the preliminary round with a score of 64.4m/211ft, marking his position at 11th as he heads into the final round.

In the women’s category, Quebec’s Dominique Grondin Allard and Ontario’s Paige Rini have secured their spots in the Open Women Jump Finals. Dominique has achieved a preliminary score of 51.9m/170ft, which has placed her in 2nd place going into the finals. Meanwhile, Paige Rini had a preliminary score of 46.3m/152ft and will be competing from the 10th position in the finals.

“These athletes represent the dedication, talent, and spirit of Water Ski Canada. Their accomplishments so far are a testament to their hard work and the strong support system back home. We are incredibly proud and eagerly await their performances in the finals,” said Water Ski Canada Representative.

The sporting community and fans worldwide are set to witness these exceptional athletes in action at the Jump Finals scheduled for Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Sunset Lakes, Groveland, Florida.

In addition to the thrilling Jump Finals, attendees will also be treated to the Slalom Finals, promising an exhilarating day of top-tier water skiing competition.

About Water Ski Canada

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

Results, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/23IWWF13/ 

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

Ryan Dodd Competes in Men Jump Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Paige Rini Competes in the Women Jump Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Conley Pinette Competes in the Men Jump Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

5 CANADIAN ATHLETES SET TO COMPETE IN SLALOM FINALS AT THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Stephen Neveu Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

The excitement was evident at Sunset Lakes today as the Slalom Prelims of the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships came to a close. Both the Open Women and Open Men showcased their finesse and skill on the water.

Canada proudly celebrates its five athletes who have powered their way into the Slalom Finals:

  1. Jaimee Bull of Ontario showcased exceptional skill, securing the 4th position in the Open Women Slalom Prelims with a score of 3.5@10.75m/39off.
  2. Whitney McClintock Rini also from Ontario, clinched her place in the Open Women Slalom Finals with a score of 2.5@10.75m/39off, positioning her 5th overall.
  3. Neilly Ross, another Ontario gem, booked her Finals berth in the Open Women Slalom Finals with a commendable score of 2@10.75m/39off, landing her in the 7th position.
  4. From Alberta, Stephen Neveu turned heads in the Open Men Slalom Prelims, securing his finals spot with a score of 3@10.25m/41off. He currently sits comfortably tied in the 4th place.
  5. Cole McCormick of Ontario demonstrated grit and determination. After achieving 2@10.25m/41off in the Open Men Slalom Prelims, he faced an eight-person run-off for the last two finals spots. Undeterred, he achieved 2.5@10.25m/41off, clinching one of the coveted spots.

Water Ski Canada is eagerly anticipating the Open Women and Open Men Slalom Finals, set to take place on Sunday, October 15th, 2023. We invite fans, supporters, and water ski enthusiasts to join us in cheering on our remarkable athletes.

About Water Ski Canada

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

For complete results, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF13&page=TimeTable  

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

Cole McCormick Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Jaimee Bull Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Whitney McClintock Rini Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Neilly Ross Slaloms during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

FIVE CANADIAN WATER SKI ATHLETES MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE TRICK FINALS AT THE 2023 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dorien Llewellyn Tricks during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

The anticipation is palpable as the first day of finals at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships is set to commence tomorrow at Sunset Lakes. Canada is proudly represented by four exceptional athletes in the Open Women and Open Men Tricks Finals.

Dorien Llewellyn from Alberta, with an impressive score of 10,540 points in the Trick Prelims, will be vying for a top spot in the Open Men Tricks Finals. Currently ranked 9th going into finals, Dorien is determined to elevate his standing.

On the women’s side, Neilly Ross of Ontario has secured her position in the Open Women Tricks Finals with a score of 10,430 points. Neilly currently stands at 2nd place, showcasing Canada’s strong presence in the competition.

Also representing Ontario is Paige Rini, who made her mark in the Trick Prelims with 9,030 points. As she heads into the finals, Rini is currently positioned at 6th place and is geared up to deliver an impressive performance.

Nova Scotia’s Olivia Chute, having scored 7,510 points in the prelims is the fourth Canadian to secure a spot in finals. As she prepares for the Open Women Tricks Finals, Olivia is positioned at 11th place. This is Olivia’s first Open Worlds Finals. 

Quebec’s Hannah Stopnicki scored a personal best of 7260pts in the prelims to punch her ticket into the Open Women Tricks Final. This is Hannah’s first Open Worlds and she has made it through to the finals. Hannah will be positioned 12th going into the finals. 

These dedicated athletes will be showcasing their skills on the water tomorrow, Saturday, September 14th, 2023. Canada’s waterski community and fans nationwide eagerly await their performances, confident in their ability to make the nation proud.

About Water Ski Canada

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

For complete results, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23IWWF13&page=women_tricks_results 

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

Paige Rini Tricks during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Neilly Ross Tricks during Prelims at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

COUNTDOWN TO THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS: ONE WEEK TO GO!

Skier: Jaimee Bull. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Exciting times are on the horizon for water ski enthusiasts across the globe and especially for us in Canada! We are pleased to announce that the much-anticipated 2023 IWWF (International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation) World Water Ski Championships is set to kick off in just a week.

Event Details:

Venue: Sunset Lakes, Groveland, Florida

Start Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Water Ski Canada is proud to have 18 exceptional athletes waving the Canadian flag at this prestigious event. These talented individuals have undergone rigorous training, showcased exceptional dedication, and are ready to demonstrate their talent on the world stage.

If you can’t make it to Florida, fret not! The Waterski Broadcasting Company has got you covered. They will provide live coverage for the entirety of the event, ensuring fans don’t miss a moment of the thrilling action.

CLICK HERE for the webcast 

For those looking to keep up with the schedule, check running orders or access live results, IWWF’s results website will be your comprehensive resource.

CLICK HERE for schedule & results 

On behalf of all of us at Water Ski Canada, we extend our best wishes to Team Canada. We’re confident that our athletes will shine brightly, representing our nation with immense pride and passion.

Join us in cheering for Team Canada!

Stay tuned, stay excited!

WSC ANNOUNCES COACHING TEAM FOR 2023 IWWF WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

From left to right: Cole Grant, Jaret Llewellyn, Matt Rini, and Drew Ross. Professional Team Canada Headshots: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

In celebration of National Coaches Week, Water Ski Canada is thrilled to spotlight its elite coaching team for the 2023 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) World Water Ski Championships. The competition will run from October 7 to October 15, 2023, and will be held at the picturesque Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Florida.

National Coaches Week serves as a fitting moment to honour the dedication, passion, and expertise of our coaches. This year’s team of coaches, all accomplished individuals in their own right, will guide and mentor Team Canada as they aim for victory. The esteemed coaching line-up includes:

  • Cole Grant (MB): A dynamic force in the water ski world, Grant brings years of competitive experience and a keen strategic insight, making him an invaluable addition to the team.
  • Jaret Llewellyn (AB): A legend in the sport, Llewellyn’s unmatched expertise and insight have garnered him global acclaim. His experience as an Overall Champion and Coach is instrumental for Team Canada. 
  • Matt Rini (ON): With a background as both a world-class competitor and coach, Rini’s unique blend of tactical knowledge and motivational skill ensures the athletes remain at the top of their game.
  • Drew Ross (ON): With a storied career both on and off the water, Ross’s passion and dedication to the sport resonate with every athlete he mentors. His analytical approach to coaching is second to none.

“Each coach on our team brings a distinct set of skills and a wealth of experience. As we celebrate them during National Coaches Week, we are reminded of their unwavering commitment to our athletes and the sport. Their collective expertise positions Team Canada strongly for the World Championships,” said a spokesperson for Water Ski Canada.

The IWWF World Water Ski Championships is a pinnacle event in the water ski calendar, attracting top-tier athletes from around the globe. With the combined guidance of our revered coaching staff, Water Ski Canada is confident in Team Canada’s readiness to showcase their skills on the world 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. 

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.

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ROB GOSSE SET TO COMPETE AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada Announces Rob Gosse’s Participation in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce that Rob Gosse will be representing Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships held in Elk Grove, California. The competition is scheduled from September 14th to September 17th, and the world is eagerly waiting to witness the spectacular performance of athletes like Gosse.

Athlete Profile:

Division: Men’s MP5

Events: Slalom, Trick, Jump

Personal Bests:

  • Slalom: 1.5 buoys
  • Trick: 900pts
  • Jump: 8.25m

Age: 50 years

Hometown: Langley, BC

About Rob Gosse:

From the picturesque town of Langley, BC, Rob Gosse is not merely an athlete. He embodies resilience, determination, and the undying spirit of an individual who turns challenges into opportunities. Rob’s life took an unexpected turn 17 years ago when he became a paraplegic. But instead of letting that define him, Rob channeled his energy into adaptive sports, making a mark on both the snow and the water.

Initially drawn to the adrenaline rush of alpine slopes, Rob later discovered the exhilarating world of water skiing. Within no time, the waters became his playground, and Rob has since been an inspiration to many, proving that with dedication and passion, there are no limits.

As Rob readies himself to compete in the Men’s MP5 division for slalom, trick, and jump, the nation stands behind him, cheering for another stellar performance that showcases not just his talent but the power of the human spirit.

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

ONTARIO’S JON THURSTON SET TO COMPETE AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jon Thurston Slalom Skiing. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Adaptive Water Ski Canada Celebrates Jon Thurston’s Participation in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships

Adaptive Water Ski Canada proudly announces the participation of National Team Member, Jon Thurston, at the forthcoming 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. Set to take place from September 11-17, 2023, in Elk Grove, California, Jon will be among the 14 stellar athletes representing Canada.

Athlete Profile:

Name: Jon Thurston

Division: Men’s MP3

Events: Slalom & Trick

Personal Best in Slalom: 2.25@49km

Personal Best in Trick: 640pts

Age: 38

Hometown: Dunsford, Ontario

About Jon Thurston:

From the shores of Dunsford, Ontario, Jon Thurston exemplifies the spirit of overcoming adversity and embracing one’s passion. Competing in the Men’s MP3 division, Jon’s prowess in both the slalom and trick events is marked by a seamless union of technique and determination.

Jon’s journey in water skiing began four years ago, recommended by his Physio assistant. Despite the trials he faced after becoming paraplegic due to a T10 injury 15 years ago, he quickly rose to prominence in the sport. After being introduced to water skiing, a close-knit collaboration with the National Coaching Staff saw him training at a development camp in Florida in 2018.

Significant Achievements:

Jon recently clinched a Gold medal in Slalom at the 2023 Canadian Championships and secured a Silver in the 2022 Canadian Championships.

Memorable Moments:

Beyond his many accolades, Jon treasures representing Canada at the 2019 World Championships in Norway as a pivotal moment in his career.

Future Ambitions:

The 2023 World Championships are on Jon’s radar as he aims to surpass his personal bests in both the slalom and trick events. Continually breaking barriers, Jon Thurston stands as a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration, not only for aspiring athletes but for anyone with dreams.

For more details about the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships, please visit https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is dedicated to the promotion and development of water skiing for individuals with disabilities, fostering a community of passion, determination, and spirit.

Jon Thurston Trick Skiing at the 2019 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships.

ALBERTA’S KENDRA ERHARDT SET TO COMPETE IN THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is elated to announce that Kendra Erhardt, our pride from Edmonton, will be representing the nation at the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. The Championships will be held in Elk Grove, California, from September 11-17, 2023.

Athlete’s Profile:

Name: Kendra Erhardt

Age: 31

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Division: Women’s MP3

Events: Slalom & Trick

Personal Best (Slalom): 2@43km

Personal Best (Trick): 397pts

Unyielding Spirit and Remarkable Talent:

Kendra’s introduction to adaptive water skiing occurred in 2022 during Alberta’s “Give it a Go Day.” From that defining moment, she embraced the sport with unparalleled passion and determination.

In a brief period, Kendra’s incredible aptitude in both the slalom and trick skiing events garnered her widespread attention, earning her a spot on the Canadian National Team headed to the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. Her accomplishments are even more impressive considering the life-altering accident in March 2019, which resulted in a T10/12 complete Spinal Cord Injury. Yet, with her invincible spirit, Kendra found a renewed purpose on the water.

Moments That Define a Champion:

At the US Nationals, the dock echoed with the nostalgic tunes of Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” as Kendra achieved a spectacular 6 pass competition slalom ski set. A testament to the unwavering support and camaraderie from her teammates.

A Journey Beyond Medals:

For Kendra, it’s not just about personal milestones. Her vision encompasses the larger goal of elevating adaptive water skiing’s stature. A passionate advocate, she aims to involve more women in para sports and recreation, serving as a beacon of hope and inspiration for many.

A Message from Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

“We are incredibly proud of Kendra Erhardt. Her participation in the World Championships is not just a personal achievement but a moment of pride for all of Canada. We eagerly await her performance, and irrespective of the outcome, she remains our champion.”

Adaptive Water Ski Canada, championing inclusivity and excellence on water.