After many years without competition, saskatoon The Waterski Club recently held the Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon.
It has been two years since the club held a major competition, and the Western Championship for Saskatoon was fitting as the club celebrates 50 years this year.
The club originally used the river several years ago, but has been at its current location for over 20 years now. Saskatoon has produced many Water Skiers who have had great success at the national and international level.
It has also helped train many young skiers who have gone on to earn waterskiing scholarships in the United States.
“It’s not just a testament to the club, but its city, Saskatoon,” says club president Jim Clooney. “We’re an active city, a lot of families do a variety of sports. But I think all of us who grew up in small sports, or amateur sports, around Saskatoon, we all understand that we have to volunteer. also have to participate, not just participate.”
“You know we’ve built world champions, right here in Saskatchewan,” says past president Norm Lucas. “And some have returned to make it their home, and now their kids are skiing here. You know, we’re trying to fuel that perpetual cycle of success.
“We have young Canadian champions coming out of Saskatoon, who primarily train him with us here at Hurricane Pond.”
The club, and most importantly its volunteers, look forward to many more years of paying it forward and letting the next generation enjoy the sport.
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