Water Ski Canada: About

  • About

    About

    At Water Ski Canada (a council of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada) we believe that embracing the culture of water ski combined with a commitment to excellence is the foundation of who we are. Performance at the highest level comes from an athlete-focused approach to training, programs and coaching. Our athletes are amongst the best in the world, and our goal is to continue to provide them with the means to achieve their goals. 

    Water skiing is one of the most spectacular and exciting sports at the Pan American Games. Both feature thrilling aerial jumps and exhilarating speeds. Water skiing was invented in 1922 by an 18-year-old Minnesotan named Ralph Samuelson, who thought that if it was possible to ski on snow, then it was possible to ski on water. The first known water skiing competition was held in 1939. Water skiing was included as a demonstration sport at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich where the women’s gold medal was won by Pat Messner of Ottawa. Water skiing debuted at the Pan American Games in 1995.

    Canada has enjoyed tremendous international water skiing success, second only to the United States in the number of team overall victories at the world championships. Canadian skiers have won individual and overall open world championship (held every two years) titles. Longtime national team member Jaret Llewellyn has won 9 World Titles,  117 professional wins and currently holds 11 World Records.

    Water Ski Canada is a council of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada. Representing several brands, Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada has been in the business of serving the towed water sports community 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 and Wakeboard Canada areresponsible 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. Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is the national voice representing all competitive Canadian towed water sports – water skiing, the sport of wake, barefoot, marathon and adaptive.

    For more information about Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada CLICK HERE

  • High Performance Committee

    Members of the High Performance Committee: 

    • George Athans – Chair
    • Steve Bush 
    • Russ Dickson
    • Cole Grant
    • Matt Rini
    • Drew Ross

    Contact: jgeorge@athanscommunications.com

  • Officials Committee

    The Officials Committee is a Technical Committee of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) reporting to the WSC Council.The Committee’s purpose is to direct, oversee and develop officials for WSWC’s water ski activities.

    Terms of Reference 

    English: CLICK HERE

    French: CLICK HERE

    Members of the Officials Committee: 

    • Jo-Anne Moore – Chair
    • Glenn Bowie
    • Michele Grant
    • Taryn Grant
    • Sherry Richardson
    • Wendy Rutherford
    • Chantal Singer

    Contact: joannemoore11@gmail.com 

  • Technical Committee

    The Water Ski Canada Technical Committee is established to address a vital need within the competitive water ski community, that is, achieving greater uniformity of the rules and guidelines fundamental to running competitive water ski tournaments in Canada

    Terms of Reference 

    English: CLICK HERE 

    French: CLICK HERE 

    Members of the Technical Committee: 

    • Steve Gosse – Chair
    • Stevie Collins
    • Russ Dickson
    • Jo-Anne Moore
    • Peter Person
    • Janice Stevens
    • Harold Townsend

    Contact: stevekaren@hotmail.com 

  • Water Ski Canada Council

    Water Ski Canada is a Council of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada that functions within the WSWC Sport Council Terms of Reference

    Terms of Reference

    English: CLICK HERE

    French: CLICK HERE

    Members of the Water Ski Canada Council:

    • Jeff Bonham
    • Glenn Bowie – Chair
    • Michele Grant
    • Chuck Kraus
    • Norm Lucas
    • Jo-Anne Moore
    • Troy Perras
    • Peter Person
    • Drew Ross
    • Wendy Rutherford
    Contact: info@wswc.ca