Video: Water ski star splashes down in Saskatoon ahead of provincial championships
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Note: The above video shows Eric Lawrence, a competitive water skier, practicing his slalom water skiing on Thursday, Aug. 21, during the clinic taught by Ryan Dodd of Team Canada.
Water skiers from all over Saskatchewan will make a splash in town this weekend.
And to prepare for the provincial championship on Saturday, the Saskatoon Water Ski Club has welcomed Team Canada member Ryan Dodd for a five-day clinic at the Proline Watersports Facility.
“Not everybody who’s a good athlete is a good coach, and Ryan’s exceptional as a coach and an athlete,” Norm Lucas, board director and past president of the club, said on Thursday.
About 10 kids up to the age of 17, as well as several adults, participated in the course that wraps up on Friday.
“He’s a member of the national team and he’s very decorated on the world level,” Lucas said of Dodd.
“These kids get a chance to meet one of their heroes.”
Dodd, a native of Olds, Alta. who has skied for Canada for 13 years, said that running these kinds of lessons is mutually beneficial.
It’s also, he explained, an opportunity to bring attention to the sport.
“They’re very lucky to have this set-up in the middle of the city,” Dodd said of the Proline pond.
“What I’d like to see, personally, is the city get behind it. Take pride in this place and turn it into a bit of a park.”
Lucas pointed out that Dodd has been coming to teach in Saskatoon for the past three years, and that the connection has helped young local water skiers improve their technique.
“We’ve had two of the skiers qualify for the Under-13 Can Am (Team), which is sort of the pre-selection for Water Ski Canada’s national team,” he said.
“To have those kids coming from Saskatoon is pretty impressive.”
The Saskatchewan Water Ski Provincial Championships takes place at Proline on Saturday, Aug. 24 and will involve 40 to 50 competitors across all age divisions.