Our third event in our summer water sport series was adaptive water skiing. A date was set for both Regina and Saskatoon.
Saskatoon’s date was originally scheduled for Saturday July 26, it was postponed until Sunday due to poor weather. Although Sunday started off a bit cool, it turned out to be a great day for skiing.
Everyone started to arrive at the Rat Hole around 10am. We had a volunteer boat driver named Bob that drove the Ski Nautique boat that belongs to the Adaptive Water Ski Club. Coach Dave Wassill was there early getting the equipment out and ready to go. We were lucky enough to have three mentor athletes out to ski and interact with the participants, sit-skiers Chris Pearson and Pete Andrews as well as visually impaired skier Ryan Riehl. Pete and Ryan have both been skiing for a number of years and have represented Canada at the World Water Skiing Championships.
Everyone who came out had two or three runs behind the boat. Dave and Cynthia (one of our other volunteers) spent a lot of time in the water getting the skiers up and going. Fay was our cook for the day and barbequed up some burgers. The day was enjoyed by all who attended.
Wascana lake was the venue for our Regina event, which took place on Tuesday Aug 5. It was a beautiful day to go skiing. We had a great boat crew with the driver (and new side skier) Lisa as well as her two kids and one of the competitive Kayakers from the club in Regina. Our mentor athletes Pete and Chris were there again as well as Coach Dave. We were lucky enough to have Darren and Jocelyn join us as well as some of the staff from the Wascana rehab center.
We had 5 new skiers out on the water, and 1 who had tried it a couple times before. Almost everyone was successful at getting up with a side skier and a water starter. Many people were able to ski and balance on their own and even move in and out of the wake. This is a great accomplishment, especially for some first timers out behind the boat. It is also great to see people who had skied prior to their injury, able to get back out there.
SWSA would like to thank all of the volunteers and mentor athletes for coming out and teaching this fun summer sports to new participants. We could not have done it without you.
If you are interested in trying out skiing contact the SWSA office and they can direct you to the right people.
Check out some photos from both events here!