VERN OBERG LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

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Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta (WSWA) is very pleased to announce The Vern Oberg Legacy Scholarship.  This scholarship has been established in memory of the dedication, commitment and love for the sport of water skiing that Vern relentlessly demonstrated. 

 

Vern was a member of WSWA from the early days of the organization. He was also a dedicated Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) member as well as an active member of the Pan Am Region of the International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) where he made changes and impacted the sport at a global level.

 

Throughout his life Vern dedicated his time and expertise to the sport of water skiing and shared his experience and knowledge as a Pan Am Judge, Driver, Technical Controller and Chief of Competition to all those involved in Water Ski Canada and the sport at Large.

This Scholarship was established in 2018.  The Recipients will receive a monetary scholarship to use towards their training or education. 

 

VERN OBERG LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO SEAN KRAUS

2019 RECIPIENT

This award was presented this year on August 24, 2019 at 

WSWA Provincials at Predator Bay Water Ski Club

Sean Kraus

"I knew Vern since I was very young. He was close with my mom and grandad and always found interesting ways to encourage me." 

Current 2019 IWSF Weekly Ranking List:

3rd in Canada in MU17 Slalom (19th in the World and 1st in Alberta)

2nd in Canada in MU17 Tricks (23rd in the World and 1st in Alberta)

2nd in Canada in MU17 Jump (38th in the World and 1st in Alberta)

2nd in Canada in MU17 Overall (15th in the World and 1st in Alberta)

Current Tournament Personal Bests (as of August 11, 2019):

Slalom: 3 @ 11.25m Tricks: 6,200 Jump: 38.1m

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

Sean has set some Provincial Records as follows:

BU10 Tricks

BU12 Slalom, Tricks and Jump

BU14 Slalom

LETTER OF SUPPORT

"While every applicant for the scholarship will likely possess a high level of athletic ability, it is Sean’s work ethic and his level of accountability that sets him apart.  Navigating the highs and lows that accompany the route of a high-level athlete, Sean demonstrates the determination and confidence that truly sets him apart." 

Trent Finlayson 

VERN OBERG LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO DORIEN LLEWELLYN

2018 RECIPIENT

This award was presented this year on August 25, 2018 at 

WSWA Provincials at Shalom Park Water Ski Site

 

The Vern Oberg Legacy Scholarship Criteria

 

Vern was always impressed by young athletes who not only had talent but made a commitment to their development in the sport. He quietly encouraged many young athletes and was always willing to help, to coach, to take time to drive the boat and send notes of encouragement.

 

Vern was an Engineering graduate who recognized the importance of education and the challenges encountered by pursuing both athletics and an education. The Vern Oberg Legacy Scholarship has been created to provide financial support for the athletic development and academic pursuits of Alberta athletes who best exhibit drive, determination, and commitment to excellence in the sport of Water Skiing and Education.

Skiers can apply for the Vern Oberg Legacy Scholarship each year.

CRITERIA:

The skiers selected shall best exemplify the qualities of drive, determination, and commitment to excellence in both the sport of Water Skiing and Academic/Post-Secondary education

 

ELIGIBILILTY:

Elite Scholarships ($2000) - Named to CDN National Junior Team or higher 

Development Scholarships ($500) 

  • Member in good standing and a Canadian Citizen (provide picture of passport)

  • Nationally rated competitor skiing for Alberta (non-carded)

  • Must be a registered student

  • Have a love and passion for the sport of water skiing

  • Demonstrate a commitment to training and development

 

Criteria for Consideration:  (or Additional factors to be considered)

  • Multi Event or Overall Skier

  • Set a Canadian Record

  • Placement at Special Event Tournaments

  • Maintains a strong academic standing (copy of current transcript required)

  • Active official and volunteer (provide list)

  • Consistently demonstrates Honor, Integrity and Sportsmanship

  • Set a Provincial record

VERN OBERG LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO GENEVA ROACH

2018 RECIPIENT

This award was presented this year on August 25, 2018 at 

WSWA Provincials at Shalom Park Water Ski Site

HOW TO APPLY

1.  Send your letter demonstrating the above qualities

and

2.  A letter of support from a non-family member

 

TO:  The Vern Oberg Scholarship Committee c/o WSWA no later than Oct 31, 2020

Email:  suzanne@wswa.ca

The Award(s) will be announced at the Alberta AGM in November

 

The Vern Oberg Scholarship Committee reserves the right to not award the scholarship(s) if it is felt there is not a deserving candidate.  We also recognize that competition was limited this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Water Ski & Wakeboard Alberta

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