For a high stakes competition, there were plenty of smiles and high-fives going around at the provincial water-skiing championships at Saskatoon’s man-made lake, The Rathole.
The athletes were just happy to be back on the water competing in the sport that they love.
“It’s really refreshing to have a goal in mind, and to see the tournament schedules popping back up,” adaptive water-skier Nolan Barnes said. “I’m getting excited to be back on the water again.”
“The weather is perfect, we usually don’t get nice weather, so, it’s going to be so much fun,” U17 water-skier Callie Steen said. “It’s nice to have an event, like big again, and to see all of these people around, and I’m really excited.”
The sport has seen substantial local growth over the past 20 months, with more people electing for staycations at the lake amid the pandemic.
“We’ve got a ton of kids turning out, we haven’t seen this many kids in a decade,” Saskatoon Waterski Club President Jim Clunie said. “The other thing that’s good, it’s from all over the province.”
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