For Immediate Release – June 9, 2017 Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta celebrated its 50 years as an association on June 3, 2017 at Shalom Park Water Ski Park, AB. Many members including those who were around from the beginning in 1967 to current members attended this fun day. It was a very special day full of skiing, laughter, stories, recognition and catching up with old friends.
The weather was fantastic and everyone gathered on the dock. Brent Lloyd began the morning by running a Handle to Hand clinic. Handle to Hand is a new initiative created by Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta with the intent to get beginners out in the water and up behind a boat. The kids were excited to learn to ski and all were successful and had a lot of fun. There are more Handle to Hand clinics scheduled so check out our website to find a clinic near you. Many adults also had the opportunity to ski and all enjoyed the afternoon with new and old friends.
Lloyd Kunkel was the MC of the evening’s program and led us through the history with many stories and songs. The special day recognized many people that have been influential in the association of our sport. As part of celebrating 50 years, the association inducted 5 people into the Alberta Water Ski & Wakeboard Hall of Fame. Vern Oberg, Kim Reid, Steve Gosse were all inducted as Builders and Ken Nelson was inducted as a Pioneer. All of these men have put countless volunteer hours in as officials, committee members, athletes and board members to make a huge difference to the success of Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta.
The event also inducted Kreg Llewellyn into the Alberta Water Ski & Wakeboard Hall of Fame in the Athlete category. Kreg has an impressive list of credentials that include competing in 8 World Championships, in which in 3 championships he was instrumental in Canada winning the team event. He has held 24 Canadian records, won 7 Pan Am gold medals and has countless other awards. Kreg is one of Canada’s best water skiers of all time.Along with inducting our members into the Alberta Hall of Fame, the night also honoured our current Alberta record holders with some in attendance to receive their recognition.Special thanks to Chris Llewellyn for her work on the Alberta Hall of Fame and for Olli Megley for all the photos.
Other recognition was shown to all the Presidents who have been part of the organization whose leadership has kept us strong. Young and old - all young at heart - gathered for the same reasons. Some celebrated their memories over the 50 years - reliving all their ski stories - and some created new memories as they learned to ski and appreciate the passion of the sport shared by so many of us.
Keep making waves - Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta is 50 !! And the future of all towed water sports looks amazing. For more information about our association go to http://www.wswa.ca and follow us on social media.