2020 has proven to be an incredibly unusual year. At no point has Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) ever been faced with reporting on the status of our yearly activities in the context of a global pandemic. Despite these incredible times that we find ourselves in as a society, we are first and foremost thankful for the health and wellbeing of our community and hope you are all safe and healthy.
WSWC appreciates that the events of the past year have been particularly stressful for everyone, across all aspects of our lives, and are grateful for the ability of our community to come together and navigate these uncertain times as a collective. For many, going into this season was fraught with questions on whether clubs and schools would be able to open and what the implications of physical distancing and legal limits on gatherings would have on the sport. Thankfully, being an outdoor, individual sport –
coupled with the creatively and nimbleness of the community – we were able to put social distancing and enhanced sanitizing measures in place that provided for a successful summer season.
While we missed the opportunity to come together as a community through the National and Regional Championship events, save for Wake who was able to develop and host a National Series in September, as a sport we saw a number of localized tournaments across the country as restrictions lifted over the summer.
While we still don’t know how the pandemic will affect our Sport as we look ahead to the next year, what we know is that our community is resilient and resourceful. The lessons learned this season will serve our towed water sports community well as we look to next year.