ANNOUNCING WSWC EDI PROGRAM

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is excited to introduce the groundbreaking Sport Support Program (SSP) for Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) funded by Sport Canada. This initiative represents a significant step forward in fostering a more inclusive and equitable environment within towed water sports across Canada. 

What is the EDI Program?

The EDI Program, part of our ongoing commitment to advancing gender equity and inclusivity in sports, is designed to support national sport organizations (NSOs) and their members in promoting diversity and inclusion within their respective communities. It expands upon previous efforts and encompasses a broader spectrum of equity deserving populations.

Who Can Apply?

The program welcomes applications from NSOs and their affiliates who provide sport-related programs and services for both able-bodied athletes and athletes with disabilities in towed water sports. We encourage participation from a diverse range of groups, including but not limited to women and girls, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, individuals from Black, racialized, and religious minority communities, people from 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and newcomers to Canada.

What Does the Program Support?

Recipients of the Gender Equity and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Sport funding will receive support in developing and implementing policies and action plans aimed at fostering gender equity and inclusivity within their sports. This includes the development, renewal, and publication of gender equity and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion policies, as well as the creation and execution of action plans to drive meaningful change.

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

To be eligible for funding, applicants must meet certain criteria and adhere to specific requirements, including being a member in good standing of their Provincial Sport Organization, holding an active club or school membership, and ensuring that all EDI participants, support staff, volunteers, and coaches maintain active memberships with their PSOs. Additionally, events must have at least one Foundations trained coach present, and program delivery must be in Canada.

For a full list of eligibility criteria and requirements, please visit this link.

How to Apply

Interested individuals and organizations can apply for funding through our online application portal. We strongly encourage all applicants to participate in EDI educational programming provided by the NSO, with dates to be announced soon.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of driving positive change within towed water sports in Canada. Apply now and join us in creating a more inclusive and equitable future for all!

The application deadline is June 7, 2024. 

Apply Now

Note: All program support recipients must comply with the rules and requirements outlined in the application guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Thank you to Sport Canada for funding this intitiative.

WSWC IS HIRING FOR SEASONAL POSITION IN CALGARY

WSWC is seeking a friendly and attentive Sports Attendant to join our team for a seasonal position. As an Attendant, you will be responsible for providing excellent customer service and ensuring a positive experience for those participating in events and visiting the site. This position requires strong communication skills, the ability to interact with others easily, and attention to detail. You will be assisting staff and participants with all sport and facility related needs during events / tournaments.

Duties will vary day to day but primarily are assisting to prepare a site for a World Championship event. You will be assisting during and after the event and assisting with the day to day operations prior to the event. Duties will include helping with all sport and facility needs prior to, during and after the event, including but not limited to:

  • Help staff and volunteers prepare and clean up after the event.
  • Greet participants at the airport, or lake.
  • Help participants with equipment at the airport, or at the lake.
  • Help in managing equipment.
  • Assist officials with technical equipment.
  • Assist with dock needs.
  • Liaison with athletes and leaders as needed.
  • Greet and welcome guests in a friendly and professional manner.
  • Provide information and assistance to guests regarding events, facilities etc.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of the designated areas.
  • Assist with Registration.
  • Respond to participant inquiries and resolve any issues or complaints promptly.
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure smooth operations.
  • Assist with “clean up” and “take down” of the events.
  • Assist with food / drink delivery to officials.
  • Languages other than English are a plus, but not required.  We will have international athletes and participants from over 20 countries at this event.

Experience:

  • Previous experience in food service, hospitality, or customer service is preferred.
  • Experience working with young adults in a “sport” environment is a plus.
  • Experience participating in a large sporting event is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to provide exceptional service

Job Location: Calgary, Alberta

Pay: $18/hr

Expected Hours: 30 hours per week; Monday-Friday & Weekends as needed

Job Type: Seasonal

Contract Length: 6 weeks

Expected Start Date: July 3, 2024

Application Deadline: May 24, 2024

APPLY: To apply , please send your resume and any additional information to Krista Jansen at krista@wswc.ca with the subject line, “Sports Attendant Job – [YOUR NAME]”

Please note that this is a paid position and is part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program, all eligible applicants will be considered.

 

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

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

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 !

PC: Express Media & Pan Am Sports

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 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 MALE SHOW SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Taylor Nullmeyer

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is proud to announce Darby Paddon as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Male Show Ski Athlete of the Year Award!

Darby Paddon has been an integral part of the Show Ski Canada community since 2016, consistently demonstrating unparalleled skill and dedication to the sport. With an impressive track record and an unwavering passion for show skiing, Darby’s contributions have not gone unnoticed.  

Darby is currently gearing up for his 5th Show Ski Worlds in March 2025. His versatility is unmatched, being able to do pyramids, barefoot, wakeboard, and his specialty, freestyle jump. Darby competed in the inaugural Canadian Freestyle Nationals this year where he clinched a well deserved 2nd place. 

Darby is one of the top all around skiers and leaders on Team Canada. Beyond his individual achievements, Darby embodies the spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship, serving as a beacon of leadership both on and off the water. His willingness to mentor and support fellow athletes on the National Team and Development Team exemplifies his commitment to the growth and success of the show skiing community. 

Darby’s passion, talent, and dedication have left a mark on the Canadian show skiing community, and Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is proud to honour him as the 2023 WSWC Male Show Ski Athlete of the Year. 

Congratulations Darby on this incredible achievement, we look forward to watching your continued success in the years to come. 

2023 WSWC MALE JUNIOR WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is delighted to announce Charlie Ross as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Male Junior Water Ski Athlete of the Year Award. This award recognizes Charlie’s exceptional talent, dedication, and outstanding achievements throughout the 2023 season. Charlie’s passion for the sport and unwavering commitment to excellence have set him apart as a true standout in the water skiing community. 

Charlie’s season started off at the Jr. Masters, where he secured victories in both the Jr. Masters Slalom and the Jr. Masters Head-to-Head Slalom at Callaway Gardens. This achievement marked Charlie’s second consecutive Jr. Masters Slalom Championships, showcasing his dominance in the sport. 

Charlie continued to shine on the international stage, representing Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF Under 21 World Waterski Championships. Charlie’s performance at the Worlds crowned him the U21 World Slalom Champion. 

In addition to his international success, Charlie competed at the Canadian Nationals where he competed in both the Men’s Elite division and the Men’s Open division, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

Charlie’s season finished off at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships where he qualified and competed against the best in the world. 

Charlie’s consistency showed by running into 10.25m/41off 25 times this season. He is currently ranked number one on the U21 World Ranking List. His consistency this season 

Congratulations to Charlie Ross on this well deserved award!

2023 WSWC FEMALE JUNIOR WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is proud to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Megan Pelkey during the 2023 water ski season. Megan’s performance this year has been nothing short of extraordinary, earning her the title of the 2023 WSWC Female Junior Water Ski Athlete of the Year! 

Megan’s 2023 season brought success at multiple events. Megan’s season started off by qualifying to compete in overall at the Jr. Masters. At this event, Megan placed 3rd in trick and jump and won overall, earning herself the title as Jr. Masters Girls Overall Champion. Megan’s next event was the U21 World Championships where she was part of Team Canada.

Mid-season, Megan competed at home at the Jr. Canadian Open where she stood on the podium in every event. This included two gold medals in trick and overall. Megan continued her success in Canada at the Western Canadian Championships where she won slalom, trick and overall. In addition, she placed 2nd in jump. 

Megan’s winning streak continued in Canada at the Canadian national Championships where she swept the U17 Girls division. Megan was atop of the podium in slalom, trick, jump and overall! 

To finish off the 2023 season, Megan made her debut at the World Championships, earning a wild card spot for Canada. 

Throughout the season, Megan pushed her limits and skied to personal bests in both the trick and jump events. She continues to demonstrate growth and dedication to the sport. 

Congratulations, Megan Pelkey, on an exceptional season and being named the 2023 WSWC Female Junior Water Ski Athlete of the year! We look forward to witnessing your continued success!