Canadian Water Ski / Wakeboard Demographics
Participants – 3.4 million (tried the sport at least once) Recreational – 65,000 (3 – 4 x/wk during summer) WSWC Membership – 8,000 Gender – male 78% female 22%Age:
- under 18 45%
- 30 – 39 10%
- 18 – 29 35%
- 40+ 10%
- 10% of household earnings are under $40,000 per annum
- 35% of household earnings are between $40,000 – $60,000 per annum
- 55% of household earnings are over $60,000 per annum
- Business/Management 30%
- Labor 5%
- Professional 25%
- Clerical 5%
- Self Employed 20%
- Other 15%
We are our Provincial Members.Representing several brands, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada has been in the business of serving water skiers, and now wakeboarders, for over 50 years. Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is a non-profit organization. It is the sole national sport governing body and recognized water skiing / wakeboard authority in Canada. It is affiliated with the International Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) and World Wakeboard Association (WWA). The national office is located in Ottawa, Ontario.
Water Ski & Wakeboard Canadais responsible for developing elite athletes and coaches, and in partnership with its provincial affiliates and local clubs, camps and schools, directs grassroots activities in all towed competitive water sports.
Our Mission: To develop and promote organized water skiing, wakeboarding and other towed water sports from beginner to pro.
Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada is the national voice representing all competitive Canadian towed water sports – water skiing, wakeboarding, barefoot, disabled skiing, marathon and showskiing.
Peter Person-Chairman of the Board
Peter Person is a Professional Engineer (Electrical) specializing in data network communications. He has spent 25 years in the telecommunications industry, and currently works in Information Technology networking within Health Care.
Peter has been involved in organized water skiing, at every level, for over thirty years. He has served on the Board of Directors of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada for the past seven years, having previously served as WSWC’s President for nine years. He is currently the President of the Pan American Water Ski Confederation (IWWF) and is a member of the IWWF Executive board.
Peter’s sport involvement also includes serving on the International Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation’s World Tournament Council (fifteen years) as well as on Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada’s Technical and Official’s Committees (now Water Ski Committee).
Inducted to the WSWC Hall of Fame as a Builder, Peter remains active as an international judge and athlete. He has been appointed to judge five World Championships, four Pan-American Games, the US Masters, and numerous other international and professional water ski events. As a competitive water skier he has competed both nationally and internationally, earning Canadian Record and Canadian Championship Titles.
Board Assignments: Board Governance Committee
Jo-Anne Moore has served the sport in virtually every way imaginable. Starting out with her achievement of becoming a Level III judge in 1995 and then a Pan Am judge in 2003, Jo-Anne has been involved in every element of our sport.
Jo-Anne’s service as a leader started in 1998 as the Northern Representative with Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta and has continued as she has been a member of Team Canada at several Water Ski events, holds the Women’s 4 Canadian record in Jump, and has been an official and Chief of Competition at every major competition in Canada. Jo-Anne has also officiated at two World Junior Championships, a Pan Am Water Ski Championship and at the 2013 World Water Ski Championships. At the WSWC level, Jo-Anne has served on the WSWC Board in various roles beginning in 2003. Jo-Anne, in her roles on the Water Ski Technical Committee has been instrumental in the development of the officials education programs as well.Committee Assignments: Board Audit Committee, Board Governance Committee
Peter Peebles-PSO Representative
Peter Peebles has been active in the competitive waterski scene since the late 80’s. As a volunteer, he has fulfilled various roles including Waterski Wakeboard Alberta Provincial President, National Waterski Committee Member, and been a member of several National event organizing committees including the Calgary Pro Shoot Out. On the water, Peter represented Canada at the 2014 Pan American Championships, 2014 Over 35 World Waterski Championships, and is a former National Champion. Peter is a Second Class Power Engineer currently employed in the petro chemical industry.
Committee Assignments: Compensation Committee
Sean Fleming-Wake Representative
Sean Fleming is the Vice President of Metropia, a privately held real estate development company based in Toronto. Over the past 12 years, Sean has held various senior roles within the Real Estate Development industry with a focus on Finance, Acquisitions, and Operations. Sean has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, with majors in both Corporate Finance and Real Estate. To date, Sean has been involved in over 25 residential and mixed-use projects with over 10,000 units and has arranged over $1B of project financing.
Before his current occupation, Sean was a competitive wakeboarder competing on the Pro Tour and in Canada for many years, his competitive wakeboard career was highlighted with a Junior Mens National title in 1996 and a fourth place finish at the Vans Triple Crown in 1997. Sean has been involved in the organizational side of Wakeboarding since retiring as a competitor heading up numerous wakeboard schools, camps and competitions, from grassroots events to National Championships. Sean has served as the chairperson of the Wakeboard Committee and the Wakeboard Rep on the Waterski Wakeboard Canada board for the past 5 years.
Committee Assignments: Board HR and Compensation Committee
Drew Ross-WaterSki RepresentativeDrew Ross
After growing up in Canada, Drew’s pursuit of competitive water skiing led him to Rollins College in Central Florida, in search of better water ski training and conditions. With terrific temperatures and so many lakes, Drew immediately knew he had found his home.
Drew spent more than two decades competing internationally for Team Canada as a slalom specialist, establishing National Records and winning many titles along the way. Drew’s keen eye, and passion for developing greater efficiency in the slalom event, have helped many skiers advance toward their full potential.
Glenn Bowieis currently Area Director of Sales and Marketing for NewCastle Hotels and Resorts, with specific responsibilities for the Atlantic Canadian properties, currently The Westin Nova Scotian, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa, Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, Liscombe Lodge Golf Resort and Spa, Hampton Inn and Suites Dartmouth and The Residence Inn and Suites Moncton. Glenn and his teams are responsible for the sales, marketing, and advertising of these properties, with annual revenue expectations in excess of $35,000,000.
Glenn has an extensive resume in Towed Water sports, that includes roles as President of WSWC (2004-2010), Official and Chief of Competition as well as a competitor with 7 national championships to his credit. Glenn is also a Level III certified coach, and has both coached and skied at the Canada Summer Games.
Jaret Llewellyn was raised in the small town of Innisfail, AB, Jaret, along with his brother Kreg, burst on the international scene in the 80’s, making his first Jr World Championship team at the age of 14. During his incredibly successful 31 year international career, Jaret has become one of the most decorated skiers in the history of the sport. With 117 professional wins, 11 World Records, 9 Individual World titles, 8 Gold & 2 Silver Medals Pan American Games, 22 Gold Medals at Pan American Championships, and 6 Time World Team Member, (’87, ’88, ’91, ’93, ’99, ’09) Two highlights in this extensive list of accomplishments is being named the Canadian Flag Bearer at 2003 Pan American Games (Santo Domingo) and 2 time entry into the Guinness Book of Worlds Records.
Jaret has been involved in every aspect of the National Team including Athlete, Coach, Judge, Committee Member (High-Performance Committee) and as Athlete Rep on the Canada Olympic Committee. Jaret sits on the non-profit Board of koreyskrew.com, and is also actively involved with www.codysangels.com, www.inhiswakes.com. He has coached his wife, former World Champion Britta Grebe Llewellyn and is now showing his son, Dorien, how to follow in his famous family’s footsteps.In his free time, Jaret loves coaching kids and play ice hockey every chance he can.www.JaretLlewellyn.comCommittee Assignments: Compensation Committee
Richard Gray-DirectorList your key appointments at Major Tournaments Judge – 1997 Junior World Championships Timer – 1999 Junior / Senior World Championships Chief Scorer – 2002 World Championships Driver & Judge (Fill in) – 2003 Junior / Senior World Championships Driver (Fill in) – 2005 Junior / Senior World Championships Judge (Fill in) – 2014 World Championships Driver – 2014 World Championships LOC – 2003, 2006, 2012 World Championships
Steve Jarrett is founder and president of Toronto based SBC Media Group, one of North America’s leading action sports content publishers, including the following magazines and related websites: SBC Wakeboard, Snowboard Canada, SBC Skateboard, SBC Skier, SBC Kiteboard, Windsport, SBC Ski & Snowboard Resort Guide, Snowboard Canada Women’s Annual, and SBC Business – Action Sports.
Steve is also the founder and co-producer of the Wakestock World Series one of the world’s foremost wakeboarding events (wakeboard, wakeskate, wake park, wakesurf).A longtime sports advocate, Steve has played a prominent role in the development of wakeboarding, snowboarding, skateboarding and windsurfing in Canada, including establishment of Canada’s first national pro-am snowboard series for slopestyle and halfpipe, working with the International Snowboard Federation to create the first Snowboard World Series and serving on the Canadian Yachting Association Board of Directors during windsurfing’s inception into the Olympics.More recently Steve played a prominent role in the development of Eastern Canada’s largest skateboard park, the Beach Skatepark in Toronto; and the creation of the new industry-owned Toronto Snow Show, North America’s largest ski and snowboard consumer show. Steve has been a member of the WSWC Board and advisor to the Wake Committee since 2011.
Karen McClintockKaren’s involvement with Water Ski Wakeboard Canada began in 1989, following her Master’s degree in Sport Psychology and 10 years as a Nationally ranked Heptathlete , when she started as Program Coordinator at the National Office in Ottawa. After one quick year and a very steep learning curve, Karen took over the title of Technical Director and was in the position for 5 years. Responsible for working with the High Performance, Coaching, Officials, Technical and Domestic Development Committees, all office related tasks related to National and International Competitions, management of competitive results and publishing of former Ski Nautique News, attained a Level 3 in both Coaching certification and Officiating, among other duties.
Upon leaving Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada as an employee, Karen continued as a volunteer, sitting on the National Events Committee and Coaching Committee. In addition, Karen was the Ontario Team Manager at the 1997 Canada Summer Games. Karen has had the privilege of attending 20 National Championships and 5 World Championships as staff, a volunteer, a partner (supporting husband Jim McClintock), an aunt (Jason and Whitney McClintock) and as a parent (Jonah Shaffer).
Karen has been a Canadian Jewellery Designer from 2005 and currently designs pieces for Prime Minister Harper & Mrs. Harper for international gifts, attended the 2012 Academy Awards Gift Lounge as a Designer and designed for Holt Renfrew for 11 seasons.
Karen and Jim have also had the enjoyment of supporting Karen’s daughter, Rebecca Shaffer, as she achieved the title of World World Karate and Kickboxing Champion 5 times.
Committee Assignments: Governance Committee
Canadians Are Leaders On the Water!
In less than fifty years water skiing has grown from a cottage industry to a Pan-American Games sport, and Canada is recognized as a world leader. Canadian skiers and riders have achieved spectacular results, including numerous individual World Championship Gold medals:
- Charles Blackwell (1955),
- George Athans (1971, 1973),
- Pat Messner (1979),
- Joel McClintock (1979),
- Judy McClintock (1985),
- Beth Leboff (1992),
- Kim de Macedo (1993),
- Judy Messer (1995),
- Jeremy Kovak (1997),
- Jaret Llewellyn (1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007).
- Whitney McClintock (2009, 2011)
In addition, Canada has won the World Team Title at the 1991,1993,1999 and 2009 World Water Ski Championships. At water skiing’s debut in the 1995 Pan American Games Canada took 4 medals, and more recently, earned another 6 medals at the 1999 Pan American Games. Canadians Jaret Llewellyn (1998, 1999) and Susi Graham (1998) won overall World Cup Tour titles. At the 1999 World Championships, Canadian skiers came home with 6 medals, and the Team Title. In 2003, at the Pan-American Games, Jaret Llewellyn lead Canada as the Games Canadian Team Flag Bearer, and finished by bringing home two medals, pulling Canada into third place overall in the Games! In less than ten years wakeboarding has grown from a cottage activity to a World Class sport, and Canada is recognized as a world leader here too. Canadian riders have achieved spectacular results, including World Champion Jeremy Kovak (1997), and two World Junior Champions, Chad Sharpe (1998), and Jennifer Barker (1999). In addition, Canada consistently places riders in the top 8 at international wakeboard tournaments, including the US Pro Tour, and Wakeboard World Cup. In 2000 Canada placed 2nd at the World Championships.
At the world junior level, Canada is a leader also. We have had a series of Junior World Champions, some of whom have gone on to the Open Team and win even more significantly:
- Jaret Llewellyn, Tricks (1986),
- Kim deMacedo, Slalom (1988),
- Jeremy Kovak, Jump (1990),
- Karissa Wedd, Jump (1998),
- Ryan Dodd, Jump (2000),
- Aaron Rathy, Tricks (2002),
- Jason McClintock, Slalom, Trick, Overall (2004)
- Whitney McClintock, Overall (2004)
- Whitney McClintock, Slalom, Jump (2006)
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You can become a member, and enjoy the many benefits of membership quite simply. Each respective Provincial Association maintains its own membership. Their members are then members of Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada. So, you simply join the Provincial Association, and you are in!
- Members enjoy a variety of personal benefits and assist the growth and development of water skiing in Canada. As a member, you are eligible to participate in WSWC activities, including: instructional camps and clinics, and tournaments from the novice level to the elite.
- You could improve your on-water skills, your coaching skills or get involved as an official. You can take advantage of discounted boat insurance, and have access to a range of products and services from Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada.
ou will receive newsletters and magazines about your sport, and will have the opportunity to participate in the direction and development of water sports in Canada. WSWC plays an important role in developing athletes, coaches, officials and supports the sport nationally and internationally. We represent skiers, boarders, barefooters, racers and more!
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