Bush began his coaching career at the Vancouver Water Ski Club, quickly moving up to also coach the Provincial Team for several years. In 1978, he was asked to be the National Team coach, a position he still holds today after 28 years. Steve dedicated himself to guiding, nurturing and monitoring the development of Canada’s high-performance athletes for 3 decades.
He has served on the national coaching committee for over 20 years helping to author and edit the association’s coaching manuals and has been an active member of the National Team Development and Sport Science Committees. He currently serves as WSWC’s master coach for Level 4 and 5 NCCP candidates. He has been recognized by the Coaching Association of Canada with 5 Petro-Canada Coaching Leadership Awards. His coaching played an integral part in the Canadian Team winning team titles at World Championships in 1991, 1993 and 1999 as well as the Pan Am Games in 1995, 1999, and 2003.
He has helped Canadian athletes win 11 world championship gold medals, 23 silver and bronze medals, 18 medals in Pan Am Games (including 8 gold’s), and 11 world junior gold medals. In 2005 he was the recipient of WSWC’s Builder Award for outstanding and long-serving contributions to the sport in Canada. Steve’s dedication has significantly helped Canada become one of the strongest and most respected water ski nations in the world.
‘’It’s a real thrill to get this award,’’ said Bush. ‘’I always feel like I’m doing my job and the best thing I’ve done is surrounded myself with great people. My recipe for success has been in planning and making sure our athletes are also great citizens.’’