2023 WSWC STEVE BUSH COACH OF THE YEAR

WSWC is thrilled to announce Rae-Lee Colcleugh as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Steve Bush Coach of the Year Award! 

Rae-Lee’s dedication to adaptive skiing in Alberta has been nothing short of extraordinary. Her tireless efforts have not only transformed the adaptive water sports scene in her province but have also inspired others across the country. From organising numerous clinics to pouring her heart and soul into every aspect of water skiing, Rae-Lee’s passion knows no bounds. 

On the water, Rae-Lee is a beacon of motivation and guidance for athletes, pushing them to reach their full potential with care and understanding. Many are fortunate to learn from her, and her influence extends beyond Alberta, shaping the skills and aspirations of Canadian athletes. 

Rae-Lee’s leadership has truly elevated the sport to new heights, and we couldn’t be prouder to honour her with this award. Congratulations, Rae-Lee, and thank you for your unwavering commitment to adaptive water skiing in Canada! 

2023 WSWC VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is pleased to announce Lisa Williams as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Volunteer of the Year Award! 

Over the years, Lisa has been an integral part of our community and has dedicated herself to the Adaptive Water Ski Program. From administrative duties to coaching, driving and providing unwavering support, she embodies the spirit of volunteerism and passion for the sport. 

Her role has been instrumental in the success of the National Team. Lisa’s dedication to organising and managing the high performance team for camps and competitions is unparalleled. Without her, Team Canada would not have achieved its historic milestones, including the first-ever team medal at the World Championships in 2023. 

Lisa’s selflessness extends beyond the Adaptive National Program as she works to ensure safe and respectful sport for all levels and abilities. Her dedication to beginners and national team members alike, setting up clinics and camps and managing logistics, demonstrates her kindness and leadership. 

Let’s celebrate Lisa for her countless hours, boundless energy and immeasurable impact on the adaptive water skiing community. Thank you Lisa for your passion, dedication and the joy you bring to the sport! Congratulations on this well-deserved award!

 

 

2023 WSWC MALE WAKESURF RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is excited to announce Keegan Hodgson as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Male Wakesurf Rider of the Year! 

Keegan showcased his talent throughout the year, securing remarkable placements including 2nd place at the Appalachian Wakesurf Open, 2nd at the Centurion Japan Open, and 7th at the World Championships where he battled through the LCQ to reach the finals. 

Notably, Keegan emerged as the top Canadian athlete in the Centurian World Series of Wakesurfing, demonstrating his talent on the global scale. Additionally, he had the honour serving as one of the coaches for the Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta Team, contributing his expertise and passion to aspiring athletes. Keegan’s highlight of the year was getting to travel to and compete in Japan. 

Huge congratulations, Keegan, on an incredible season! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE WAKESURF RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is thrilled to announce Bailey Rush as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Female Wake Surf Rider of the Year! 

Bailey’s achievements in 2023 are truly remarkable: 

She secured the title of 2023 CWSA World Champion in both the Pro Skim Division and Pro Surf Division, a feat no other female competitor has accomplished! At the 2023 GVA Wake Tour in Switzerland, Bailey clinched first place in both the Pro Skim Division and Pro Surf Division. She also dominated the waves at the 2023 Nautique European Wakesurf Championships, claiming First Place in both the Pro Skim Division and Pro Surf Division. 

Congratulations, Bailey, on an incredible season of dominance on the water! 

2023 WSWC MALE WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is thrilled to announce Riley Dillon as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Male Wake Park Rider of the Year! Congratulations, Riley, on a stellar season! 

In 2023, Riley experienced a breakthrough in his career, marking his debut on the European tour, and securing podium finishes in exclusive invite-only competitions. Starting strong with a win at the indoor event during the boat show season, he transitioned seamlessly into completing his segment for the Outhouse End of the Roll movie, clinching his ender trick along with several others just in time. 

Throughout the summer, Riley competed in around a dozen contests, notably clinching the Nationals title, securing 3rd place at Bretzels in France, and landing 5th at RedBull Wake Duel. Amidst the excitement of the season, Riley made a bold move in his career, parting ways with Ronix Wakeboards to pursue his own path. 

With determination and skill, he embarked on filming “Free Agent”, a project that showcased his solo journey in the wakeboarding world. And to top it all off, he premiered his hard work at Market Brewery in late December, wrapping up an unforgettable year. 

Riley, your achievements have been nothing short of remarkable, and we can’t wait to see what 2024 holds for you! Keep inspiring! 

2023 WSWC WAKESKATE RIDER OF THE YEAR

PC: Mitchell Hubble 

WSWC is proud to announce Jordan Sullivan as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Wakeskate Rider of the Year! 

From designing top-notch cable park setups to snagging podium finishes internationally, Jordan’s year was nothing short of phenomenal! 

He dominated competitions, including 1st place at Canadian Park Nationals and 3rd at Cable Park Worlds! He rode 7 cables in 14 days road tripping across Florida and he filmed over 30 Instagram reels. Doing all of this on his hand-built wakeskates! 

 Congratulations, Jordan, on a great year! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE WAKE PARK RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is stoked to announce Coti Scaglia as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Female Wake Park Rider of the Year! 

From dominating Canadian Nationals to throwing down at a Red Bull invite-only event in Milan, and even filming for Coalition Vol. 10, Coti’s been on fire! 

Huge Congratulations, Coti! 

2023 WSWC MALE WAKEBOARD RIDER OF THE YEAR

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WSWC is excited to announce Hunter Smith as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Male Wakeboard Rider of the Year! 

Hunter clinched 2nd place at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, showcasing his talent and dedication to the sport. Huge congratulations to Hunter for an incredible season on the water! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE WAKEBOARD RIDER OF THE YEAR

WSWC is thrilled to announce Ashley Leugner as the 2023 WSWC Wake Canada Female Wakeboard Rider of the Year! Congratulations, Ashley, on an amazing year filled with remarkable achievements and incredible performances on the water!

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WSWC a le plaisir d’annoncer qu’Ashley Leugner est la planchiste féminine de l’année 2023 de WSWC Planche Canada ! Félicitations, Ashley, pour une année étonnante remplie de réalisations remarquables et de performances incroyables sur l’eau !

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2023 WSWC MALE BAREFOOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is thrilled to spotlight Brem Allen as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Male Barefoot Athlete of the Year Award. His journey from the waters of his childhood to the pinnacle of international competition is a testament to dedication, passion and talent. 

Born into a water skiing family, Brem’s attraction to the sport blossomed at a young age. His natural talent was evident from the start. Brem made his mark on the international stage, representing Canada in numerous World Barefoot Championships, including his first appearance in 2006 in Washington as part of the Canadian Junior Team. Since then, he has made notable appearances in Australia, Wisconsin, and Ontario. 

Brem’s achievements in barefoot water skiing are nothing short of extraordinary. As the current Canadian Open Men’s jump record holder, with a distance of 26m, and a seven-time Canadian Open Men’s Champion, his dominance on the water is unparalleled. His consistent podium finishes at the National Championships, including three consecutive victories, solidify his status as a true champion in the sport. 

While Brem’s accomplishments on the water are commendable, his impact extends far beyond the waves. As a Professional Arborist, he manages his own business and shares his expertise as a teacher at Sir Sanford Fleming College. Brem’s commitment to excellence transcends his athletic pursuits, embodying the values of hard work, perseverance, and dedication in every aspect of his life. 

Despite his busy schedule, Brem finds time to nurture his passion for water skiing and share it with his family. His dedication to the sport is exemplified by his efforts to introduce his baby girl to the thrill of water skiing, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. 

Brem’s remarkable journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes and a testament to the limitless potential of human endeavor. Congratulations to Brem Allen on this well-deserved accolade! 

2023 WSWC JUNIOR BAREFOOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is thrilled to announce Simon Sickinger as the recipient of the 2023 Junior Barefoot Athlete of the Year award. Simon’s journey into the world of watersports began at a young age and eventually led him to excel in barefoot skiing and represent Canada on the international stage. 

Growing up in Muskoka, Simon Sickinger was no stranger to the allure of sport. From hockey to downhill skiing, and mountain biking, Simon embraced a variety of sports with enthusiasm. However, it was his introduction to water skiing at the age of 5 that sparked his passion for the water. By the age of 8, Simon was already barefooting alongside his siblings on Lake of Bays, Muskoka. 

Simon’s journey in barefooting took a significant turn at the age of 14 when he began working at Lake of Bays Marina, where he was fortunate to meet Liam Alrich, a professional water skier and the owner of the marina. Under Liam’s guidance, Simon honed his barefoot skills, dedicating countless hours of training. Liman’s unwavering commitment to the sport and his tireless efforts to mentor Simon and other enthusiasts left an indelible mark on Simon’s journey. From here, Simon ventured into competitive barefoot skiing, participating in competitions locally and internationally. His journey reached new heights in February 2023 when he was a member of the Junior Team representing Canada at the World Barefoot Waterski Championships in Australia. 

Along the way, Simon has made many great friendships from around the world. The camaraderie within the barefoot community serves as a testament to the sport’s inclusive and supportive nature. 

Congratulations to Simon on this well deserved award! 

2023 WSWC FEMALE BAREFOOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is happy to announce Becky Moynes as the 2023 WSWC Female Barefoot Athlete of the Year award recipient! This award recognises Becky’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the sport of barefooting in Canada. 

Becky stands as Canada’s top female barefooter in 2023, maintaining her position at the pinnacle of the sport for over a decade. Her dedication and passion for barefooting are truly remarkable. In addition to Becky’s National accolades, Becky has brought home medals at past World Barefoot Championships. Currently, she is training for the upcoming 2024 World Open Barefoot Championships hosted in Florida this October. 

Becky has not only achieved greatness as an athlete but has also played a pivotal role in advancing barefooting in Canada. As a key organizer, she has worked tirelessly to promote the sport and create opportunities for aspiring athletes. Her leadership and dedication have left an indelible mark on the barefoot community. 

In addition to her impressive athletic achievements, Becky has also juggled the roles of a devoted mother, an entrepreneur, and a community leader. Amidst her training schedule, Becky has raised two daughters, established her own physiotherapy clinic, and worked tirelessly on the family farm in Belleville, Ontario. Her commitment to excellence extends beyond the water, embodying the spirit of perseverance and determination. 

Congratulations to Becky Moynes on being named the 2023 Female Barefoot Athlete of the Year. 

2023 WSWC FEMALE JUNIOR SHOW SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is pleased to announce Bella McCurdy as the recipient of the 2023 Female Junior Show Ski Athlete of the Year Award. Bella’s journey into the world of show skiing is a testament to her dedication, passion, and love for the sport. 

Bella started water skiing at a young age, as she grew up skiing with her cousins. However, the pivotal moment of attending the Worlds held in Ontario ignited her love for show skiing competitively. With a background in dance, Bella naturally gravitated towards swivel skiing as she taught herself. She then ventured into pyramids, initially learning alongside her cousins. 

Bella’s journey reached new heights when she joined Show Ski Canada’s development program. Being part of the development team not only fueled Bella’s motivation but also deepened her passion for the sport. Throughout the season, Bella immersed herself in training, seizing every opportunity to be out on the water. The camaraderie among coaches and teammates further enriched her experience, forging friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Bella has been working hard on swivel skiing and pyramids but pyramids has become her favourite. Although, Bella is looking forward to exploring doubles in the future. 

A favourite moment for Bella this summer was bearing the Canadian flag atop the pyramid during the end-of-season Ski Show. It was a proud and unforgettable moment for Bella, symbolizing her dedication to the sport and her country. 

Bella’s journey serves as an inspiration to all aspiring athletes. We look forward to witnessing her continued success and growth in the sport. 

2023 WSWC MALE JUNIOR SHOW SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Kirsten Artichuk

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is pleased to announce that Ethan Strangway is the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Male Junior Show Ski Athlete of the Year Award. This award recognises Ethan’s outstanding dedication, skill, and passion for show skiing. Despite this being his first year in the Show Ski Canada’s development program, Ethan has demonstrated remarkable talent and commitment to the sport. 

In 2023, Ethan took on new challenges, including learning to jump and barefoot. These endeavours demonstrate his fearless spirit and willingness to push his boundaries in pursuit of excellence. Despite being relatively new to these disciplines, Ethan’s progress has been nothing short of impressive, reflecting his natural talent and relentless work ethic. 

WSWC and Show Ski Canada look forward to watching Ethan learn and grow in the sport. 

2023 WSWC FEMALE SHOW SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is thrilled to announce Jenny Fairbrass as the recipient of the prestigious 2023 Female Show Ski Athlete of the Year award. Jenny’s remarkable journey, dedication, and outstanding contributions to the sport have made her a true inspiration to all in the water ski community. 

In the 2022 season, Jenny faced a significant setback when she sustained an injury. Despite this challenge, her resilience shone brightly as she continued to support her team wholeheartedly, showcasing her unwavering commitment to the sport. 

Jenny’s exceptional talent and expertise have seen her represent Canada on the world stage multiple times. Jenny is currently gearing up to represent Canada at her fifth Worlds Show in Australia come March 2025. Her specialties include ballet, swivel, and pyramid where she captivates the audience. 

Not only does Jenny excel on the water, but she also leads by example, both on and off the water. Her actions and words have consistently inspired her teammates, earning her the reputation of a true leader within the Canadian show ski community. Jenny’s leadership qualities have been further recognized with her recent appointment as a member of the Show Ski Council, a testament to her dedication and influence within the sport. 

In recognition of Jenny’s outstanding achievements, leadership, and unwavering dedication to the sport of show skiing, Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is proud to honour her as the 2023 WSWC Female Show Ski Athlete of the Year.