2013 Canadian Waterski Championship Fast Approaching
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The 2013 Canadian Waterski Championships presented by Nautique are returning to the Predator Bay Waterski Club in Calgary, AB, August 10-14. Headlining the world-class Canadian content are some of world’s best water-skiers including four-time World Champion Whitney McClintock of Cambridge, Ontario, her brother and multiple Canadian record-holder Jason, world bronze medal winner Ryan Dodd of Olds, AB, Manitoba’s Kole Magnowski, and Surrey BC’s Breanne Dodd.
The Predator Bay Club holds is a special place for Whitney McClintock and Ryan Dodd, who won gold and bronze medals here respectively when the club hosted the World Championships in 2009. In addition, Canada won the overall team event.
“I look forward to being in Calgary again for Nationals next week,” commented Whitney McClintock, fresh off her silver medal at the World Games. “My best career memory is at Predator Bay: my triple crown win at the 2009 World Championships (slalom, trick, overall ). I love the support I get from skiing at home in Canada; and I’m excited for some great scores at the Nautique Canadian National Championships!”
The Canadian Championships are a classic three-event tournament.
Up for grabs at the 64th edition of this Canadian Waterski Championship presented by Nautique are positions at the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) World championships Nov. 25-Dec.1 in Santiago, Chile, as well as positioning for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
The Championship will be webcast at http://www.waterski-wakeboard.ca. The website will also include pictures and highlights from Predator Bay each day.
Ones to Watch:
Whitney McClintock, Cambridge, ON
A four time World Champion, McClintock trains out of Orlando Florida with Coach Matt Rini, who is also the technical coach of the Canadian National Team. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, McClintock holds more than 16 professional tittles and has won seven Pan American Games medals including three gold. In 2009, she was named Female Athlete of the Year by the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation.
Jason McClintock, Cambridge, ON
A multiple Canadian record holder including the Canadian National Slalom and Trick Champion, Jason began his competitive waterski career at the age of five and competed in his first Canadian National Championship at eight. He has been a member of the Canadian National Team since 2004. He currently trains out of Orlando Florida with Technical National Team Coach Matt Rini. A former Junior Masters Overall tittle winner, he is a double silver medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games and was named Waterski and Wakeboard Canada’s male athlete of the year for 2012.
Jaret Llewellyn, Innisfail, AB
With 117 professional wins, 11 World Records (including the World Ski Fly Record at 299 feet – one foot shy of an entire football field), Llewellyn is a force in Canadian Water Skiing, and one of its most decorated athletes.
In addition, he has won 11 medals (eight Gold) in the Pan American Games and was the Canadian Flag Bearer at the 2003 Games. He also has nine World Tittles, is a nine time US Masers Champions and 10 time US Open Champion.
Llewellyn trains out of West Palm Beach Florida, where he stills plays a little hockey.
Kole Magnowski, Russell, MB
Originally from Manitoba, Magnowski splits his time between Calgary and Clermont, Florida. He is coached by Matt Rini, Canadian National Team Technical Coach and fellow National Team Member Ryan Dodd.
Ryan Dodd, Olds, AB
Ryan Dodd was first introduced to the sport at the age of nine through is father and skied with the Llewellyn family as a child. He considers his greatest influence to be fellow national team athlete Jaret Llewellyn.
Dodd earned a full scholarship at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he won two National Team titles, three National Collegiate titles and two Overall titles, broke the collegiate national jump record, and was named collegiate athlete of the year in 2006. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing.
Hi greatest professional achievement took place right here at Predator Bay when he won a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2009. He is married to fellow national team member Breanne Dodd.
Breanne Dodd, Surrey, BC
Learned to ski on Osoyos Lake in British Columbia at the age of three, entered tournaments by age 11, and has been a member of the Canadian National Waterski Team for 11 years. She attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, earning a degree in Marketing.
Nicknamed “Bee”, she is married to national team member, Ryan Dodd. In addition to Waterskiing, she enjoys mountain biking and snowboarding.
Webcast Schedule Highlights (all times local and subject to change)
August 10, 2013
Open Women Trick
Whitney McClintock competes on the same place where she won the World Trick title in 2009.
Open Men Trick
Jason McClintock, building off a bronze medal at the 2013 World Games looks to add another Canadian title to his resume.
Open Women Slalom
Whitney McClintock once again competes in an event in which she captured the 2009 World Championship and a medal at the 2013 World Games.
Open Men Slalom
Jason McClintock works to hold off young guns such as Jaret Bull (North Bay, ON) and Stephen Neveu (Calgary, AB) as the next generation nips at the heels of national team veterans.
Open Women Jump
Taryn Grant (Winnipeg, MB) is working to become Canada’s best, displacing 2013 World Games bronze medallist Whitney McClintock. Grant took the bronze at the 2012 Pan American Championships, having moved up to Open to replace an injured McClintock.
Open Men Jump
Ryan Dodd is working to continue his dominance of the jump at the Canadian championships. He will be chased by Kole Magnowski as well U21 Pan American bronze medallist Cole Grant (Winnipeg, MB)
August 11, 2013
Women’s 4 Slalom
Last year, the Canadian record fell twice in a span of 5 minutes as Rhonda Powell bested fellow Predator Bay Club member Maureen Mosteller. This will be a rematch of that epic confrontation.
Girls 2 Slalom
Last year, this was one of the most fiercely competitive divisions as Paige Rini (Kingston, ON), Neilly Ross (Belleville, ON) and last year’s champion Jaimee Bull battled it out. This division promises to once again be a window into the future of Canadian water skiing.
U21 Women’s Trick
North Vancouver’s Melissa Long will be defending a Canadian title, but also will be working to build off of a Pan American U21 title in this event.
August 12, 2013
Elite and U21 Men’s/Women’s Slalom
Whitney McClintock will be pushed by fellow national teamer Breanne Dodd in the women’s elite. In U21 women, Pan American U21 medallists Chantal Singer (Toronto, ON) and Geneva Roach (Calgary, AB) will push the pace.
In U21 Men’s
University of Louisiana-Lafayette teammates Cole Grant and Jaret Bull will face off for Canadian supremacy.
Men’s 9 Slalom
Octogenarian Manoo Gurjar (Vancouver, BC) will once again compete in the Men’s 9 slalom. This year, the stakes will be higher for Mr. Gurjar as Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada will be taking pledges toward the Manoo and Jean Gurjar scholarship fund for every ball Mr. Gurjar successfully completes in the event.