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The Canadian water ski community is deeply saddened by the news of Ave Spratts passing on May 22, 2021. 
Water Ski Canada extends our deepest condolences to the Spratt family. 
A message from Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta:
Ave Spratt – Forever Missed!
Born on June 12, 1961
Passed away on May 22, 2021
From our members of Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta, Ave Spratt was a wonderful man who was heavily involved in the water sports world. His passion for waterskiing began decades ago when he became involved in the boat industry and supporting athletes with his involvement at major tournaments in Alberta. He was a Past President of Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta were his dedication to the sport made significant improvements. Ave became a leader that revolutionized the tournament boat industry in Alberta. He was very instrumental in bringing tournament boats to Alberta with his company Martin Motor Sports. Ave was dedicated to giving water skiing an opportunity for exposure for the sport, but opportunities to showcase athletes. He made many friends in the water ski world all who will miss him!
Ave was extremely involved in supporting our major water ski clubs in Alberta. With the Predator Bay Water Ski Club, his relationship and support of the club with MasterCraft Boats and also being very involved with all three of the MasterCraft Pro Shootout Events. Ave had developed much respect with this club and gained many friends as well. Ave supported Shalom Park and their three Canadian Open Pro water ski events, a pro event a few decades ago, and even a few wake events. The support for both these water ski clubs has been instrumental for these clubs. All the support he provided across Alberta and the many people Ave impacted has been truly amazing! At WSWA and water skiing in general, Ave made a huge and significant impact on the sport.
We will miss him greatly! He was a great friend, a very kind and generous person and he will always be remembered! He leaves behind many, many friends in the water ski world!
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Priscilla and all his family! R.I.P. Ave!
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Water Ski Canada and the Shalom Park host committee have been actively monitoring the COVID-19 crisis and its implications for the 2020 competitive water ski season, including  the 2020 Canadian Water Ski National Championships, currently scheduled for August 4th-9th.

Our foremost concern is to ensure the safety and well being of all participants. As we look to Nationals, we are cognizant of the time required for participants to plan for attending Nationals, the ability to qualify, the relatively short Canadian ski season,and theneeds of thehost committee to make adequate preparations for the hosting of Nationals. 

Alberta currently has mandatory restrictions on any gatherings of more than 15 people, with no defined time frame for those restrictions to be lifted. Information and updates are constantlychanging, and it is uncertain as to what the situation will be as we move into July and August.

Considering the information above and the desire to ensure the time for all necessary precautions and planning to be put in place, the following actions will be taken at this time:

  1. Registration for the event will not be opened until a final decision on the scheduling of the event has been made.
  2. Water Ski Canada and the host committee will reconvene in early May to reassess the situation
  3. Determination of whether the event will proceed will be based on Provincial & Federal legislation; participant safety and well being will be paramount to this review. 
  4. Communication of the status of Nationals will be made by May 30th through and Water Ski Canada’s social media channels

Until determination of the event has been confirmed we ask that participants NOT make any travel plans until a final decision has been communicated to the water ski community.

We wish everyone the best in these difficult times and we encourage you to follow the directions of the Public Health Agency of Canada and your local health officials.  We look forward to the resumption of Water Ski activities once the crisis has passed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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