We are all making a STRONG comeback for 2021!
There is no question that COVID-19 impacted Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta (WSWA), and all of our members. The impacts were different for everyone but were felt across the province. WSWA has heard from many of you, and we know clubs and schools incurred additional costs to run safe operations abiding by the Return-to-Play guidelines, tournaments had lower registration numbers due to COVID-related restrictions, some schools ceased operation altogether in 2020 because of the operational impacts of social distancing regulations, and individual athletes lost out on many aspects of a normal season. As a provincial association, WSWA was affected in similar ways. Delivery of programming was restricted, new virtual platforms and member benefit programs were trialed to engage the membership, and our annual Provincial Championships couldn’t be held. Despite the collective efforts of WSWA and all of our clubs, schools, and members, our membership base declined by 10% from 2019, when our goal is a minimum growth of 5% annually.
But one thing’s for sure, WSWA and its members are resilient! We saw many clubs, schools, and individuals rise to the challenge, and face 2020 head-on. We got on the water in a safe and responsible way and made the best of the season we could. We know we can make 2021 our best year yet, and we want to work together to do that! WSWA has received COVID Relief Funding from the Government of Alberta, and we want to award that to you, our members, who help us grow the sport. We are currently accepting applications for the WSWA COVID Relief Grant.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAS TO REBOUND!
SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR FUNDING:
WSWA invites any WSWA member to submit a request for funding to support our collective rebound for the 2021 season.
WHAT DO WE WANT TO KNOW:
In one page or less, tell us how COVID negatively impacted you in 2020 OR
How you plan to make 2021 the best year yet for WSWA members
Grants are available for unexpected expenses, program delivery support or infrastructure needs to recover from 2020 and rebound stronger in 2021. Grants of up to $5000 may be awarded based on the following criteria:
Demonstrated impact of COVID-19 on 2020 expenses, program delivery, revenue, etc.
Demonstrated need for financial support to enhance program delivery, member experience, etc. in 2021
Potential impact to WSWA membership base
Please submit your application email to firstname.lastname@example.org
November 6th, 2020
APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
WSWA will announce the grant recipients by November 20th, 2020
COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND RECIPIENTS
Predator Bay Water Ski Club
Shalom Park Water Ski Site
WATER SKI & WAKEBOARD ALBERTA
GETTING READY FOR 2021