PROVINCIAL

Ontario Provincial Team (Tier 1)

WSWO and Provincial Team Coach, Jason McClintock, are happy to announce the members of the 2019 Ontario Water Ski Under 21 Provincial, Development and Grassroots Team.

Check out the bios below to learn more about our Under 21 Provincial Team competitors!

Jamie CALHOUN

DIV: U21

Discipline: Slalom

Jamie has been skiing for most of his life, beginning on his Stoco Lake family cottage in Tweed, ON when he was just 6 years old. At the age of 10 he entered his first tournament after becoming inspired by his parents involvement in the sport and his dad’s passion for tournament skiing. Training and working at McClintock’s Ski School, Jamie has developed a lifelong love of water skiing and the competitive circuit. Recently Jamie took his passion for water skiing year round, attending Florida Southern University and leading their collegiate water ski team! Jamie is proud to say that he has won Gold at the last 5 consecutive Canadian National Championships. As he gets onto the International Competition stage, he will never forget his roots in Canada and lose his Canadian Water Skiing pride. Before he went international with his skiing Jamie played high level hockey, and now has found a new competitive love; spike ball.

Charlie ROSS

DIV: U14

Discipline: Slalom Trick

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Rebecca RAMSAY

DIV: U21

Discipline: Slalom

Although Rebecca has been skiing for over 14 years, she entered the competitive scene only 3 years ago. She has been making a splash ever since, finishing 1st in Canada in her Jump division in 2018, and 10th in Slalom. She first learned to ski at McClintock’s Ski School and has fallen in love with the relaxed environment compared to other sports she has competed in before. She loves meeting like minded people and continues to train at McClintock’s today. In 2018 she competed in her first Canadian National Championships and took home GOLD in Girls U17 Jump. Becca’s accomplishments didn’t stop there. She went on to represent Team Canada at the Junior Pan American Water Ski Championships, where she reached a new personal best in tournament and flew over 100ft! When she isn’t on the water she actively competes in Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field and even Snowmobiling!

Ilan KLEIN

DIV: U17

Discipline: Slalom

Ilan began skiing with his dad when he was only 4 years old. He first entered a competition at 11 years old after becoming inspired watching his dad ski at a local tournament. He has always loved the speed, the community, and the entire competitive experience. Ilan proudly works and trains at McClintock’s Ski School, where his family also has a summertime cottage. Recently he was invited to compete for Team Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships! When he isn’t skiing he really enjoys playing hockey or volleyball.

Leo BIGOURDAN

DIV: U14

Discipline: Slalom Trick Jump

Leo began skiing at the age of 7 at the cottage with his Mom and Dad, and got hooked on competing after his time training at Spray Lake. He quickly loved that every day on the water was a new challenge and his hard work in all three disciplines paid off when he placed third in overall in the Canadian U14 rankings in 2018. Along with his younger brother and parents, Leo recently moved to West Palm Beach, Florida for the winter to study abroad and take advantage of off-season coaching with the greatest three-eventer of all time, Jaret Llewellyn. In the summer he trains alongside his fellow teammates at McClintock’s Ski School and continues to push himself every day to become the best overall skier he can be. When he isn’t skiing he loves skeet shooting, biking, surfing, skim boarding and playing on the trampoline with his younger brother.

 

Ty BIGOURDAN

DIV: U14

Discipline: Slalom Trick Jump

Ty began skiing at the age of 7 at the cottage with his Mom and Dad. After watching his brother compete in a tournament he realized he wanted to follow in Leo’s footsteps. Ty quickly qualified for the Ontario Team and began training alongside his ski buddies. His favorite part of the season is tournaments, where he gets to hang out with all his friends and push himself to new levels. After winning Gold at Nationals and ranking First in Overall in U12, Ty and his family got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a year of school abroad and live and train full time in the winter in West Palm Beach with Jaret Llewellyn. Although Florida has been fun, he cannot wait to come home and see all his friends at McClintock’s Ski School. During his much-needed downtime Ty loves fishing, biking, surfing, skim boarding and playing on the trampoline.

Erin WILKES

DIV: U17

Discipline: Slalom Trick

Erin first tried skiing when she was 3 years old at her family cottage with her mom. 7 years later she went to Bush’s Water Sports Park where she first learned to slalom ski. She entered her first tournament a couple years later after becoming hooked on the slalom course and wanting to challenge herself to reach new levels. When she is water skiing she is always happy and having fun, and she loves the relaxing environment at the lake. Currently she trains at the Minnett Ski Club in Muskoka and was so excited to finish with a Silver at the 2018 Canadian Water Ski National Championships. Aside from all her upcoming successes in skiing, Erin is a phenomenal ski racer who travels worldwide to compete as well.

Ben WHEELER

DIV: U14

Discipline: Slalom Trick

Ben’s water ski career began when he was just 3 years old on 4 Mile Lake with his dad. His dad took him to his first competition when he was 7 years old and he was so excited to run the course for the very first time. Since then he has qualified for Nationals every year and loves how skiing constantly challenges you to keep improving. In 2016 Ben reached yet another exciting milestone; winning his first Gold medal at the Canadian Nationals in Winnipeg. Today Ben trains full time at McClintock’s Ski School alongside his fellow teammates. Ben’s skiing doesn’t stop on the water either! Like many of his teammates, Ben is also a very accomplished alpine skier, and also competes in ski cross.

 

Micky GELLER

DIV: U17

Discipline: Slalom Trick Jump

Micky learned to ski at the age of 10 at the Canadian Adventure Camp and continued at his family cottage. He instantly fell in love with the environment and being on the dock, and as a former competitive gymnast he quickly desired waking up every morning with a goal. After spending a week at McClintock’s Ski School he set his sights on competitive water skiing and the rest was history. After taking home third place at his first ever Nationals, it was clear that his future is very bright in this sport. When he isn’t skiing you can find Micky rock climbing, dirt biking, snowmobiling, snowboarding and playing the bass guitar.

James BOBLITZ

DIV: U21

Discipline: Slalom

James began skiing when he was 10 years old on Orr Lake with Mark and Derek Kirby. After completing a day camp on Orr Lake, Mark Kirby quickly saw potential and got him hooked on water skiing. Over the past 8 years he has made many lifelong friends and achieved great things in the sport. Today his training has shifted from Orr Lake towards Puslinch Lake where he trains full time alongside his teammates at McClintock’s Water Ski School. His proudest moment came back in 2014 when he won a Silver medal in the National Championships in his home province. James has many hidden talents off the water as well, including downhill skiing, alpine racing, playing hockey and basketball, and swimming.

Sophie HUNTER

DIV: U17

Discipline: Slalom Trick

Sophie learned to ski at her family cottage over 11 years ago, and recently started competing in 2017. She loves how fun water skiing is as a competitive sport, and even more that she gets to do it with her friends. She actively trains with Drew Ross and at McClintock’s Ski School. While skiing with Drew she quickly found a love of competitive water skiing and her hard work paid off as she went on to win GOLD at the Ontario Championships in 2018. Her competitive skiing doesn’t stop there. Sophie is also a competitive Alpine ski racer and loves field hockey as well.

 

Matthew HURLBURT

DIV: U14

Discipline: Slalom Trick Jump

Matthew began skiing when he was just 3 years old, and entered his first competition in 2016 after seeing there was a tournament near his family cottage on Long Lake, in Bala. His parents started him into the sport, and today he trains at both McClintock’s Ski School and Bush’s Water Sports Park all summer long. He has always loved being in the water, and he loves that water skiing enables him to be on the water while testing his athletic ability and limits every day. He is most proud of coming second in trick at the 2018 Canadian Nationals after putting so much time and effort into his training.