The 2012 season proved to be another great year for the Sask First Wakeboard Team at a provincial and national level. With multiple podium finishes at events all across Canada, the Sask First program continues to produce some of Canada’s finest wake athletes.
Sask First Elite Training Camps
This summer two elite training camps were held. The team was hosted in Estevan, this wakeboard paradise is located on the shores of Boundary Dam, SK, which is Saskatchewan’s only heated lake.
Throughout the days spent at Boundary Dam the team experienced Florida-like conditions with air temperatures just shy of 90 degrees F. These types of conditions create the perfect learning environment for athletes in our sport by allowing their warm-up activities to be much more effective, thus preparing them for the strenuous physical activity they are about to perform.
In addition to on-water training each athlete was taken through warm-up activiteis such as dynamic stretching and other drills to increase their flexibility. This program was designed by Brady Johnson, certified personal trainer, who then gave each athlete a booklet of activities for them to perform on their own. In addition, Adam, elite coach, worked closely with each of the team members to improve their spatial awareness and hone in on tricks they wanted to learn behind the boat. The team worked tirelessly to get consistency on the trampoline to create confidence when attempting the maneouvers behind the boat.
As always, focus was also on the team atmosphere to help push each athlete to his or her limits. Not only is this a great technique to help each of the athlete’s progression, but it also creates lasting friendships in our sport.
Sask First Development Camp
For the first time a 3 day Development Camp was held, built on the same model as the Elite Training program. Seven of Saskatcheawn’s top young wakeboarders were given the opportunity to spend three days training on and off of the water with all necessities included. As we have seen from the elite training camps over the past 6 years progression is always at its highest in this atmosphere. This camp was no exception with multiple athletes learning their first invert all the way up to their first raley.
2012 Canadian Wake Championships
For the second time in seven years the province of Quebec hosted the Canadian Wake Championships. This year’s event was held at the WOW Plaza located approximately 30 minutes west of Montreal. The beautiful property was conceptualized and built by one of the most influential families in our sport in Canada, the Deromes. The WOW Plaza is a man-made wakeboard heaven, which includes two separate lakes, one full size boat lake and a smaller pond with a straight-line cable system.
Nine athletes and a total of over 25 family and friends represented Saskatchewan at this year’s Canadian Wake Championships. Throughout the weekend of events, the Sask First Team was able to capture seven medals in their respective divisions. Some of the standouts were: Sage Dayman who won a gold medal in Boys Division and a bronze in Amateur Wakeskate. Taylor Johnson took home her third consecutive title in Jr. Womens and place third in the Open Women’s Division. Brett Morris placed third in the Amateur Rail Contest and along with Mitch Keet was recently named to the National Development Wakeboard Team. Brett’s placement on the team marks the first time in history an athlete has been elected to both water ski and wakeboard national training programs.