McClintocks, MacDonald earn water ski, wakeboard honours

Whitney McClintock and her brother, Jason McClintock, of Cambridge, Ont., were named the male and female athletes of the year in water skiing while Rusty Malinoski of Humboldt, Sask., and Ashley Leugner of Regina received the same awards in wakeboarding as Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada announced its 2011 award winners.

Milton’s Paul MacDonald was also recognized by the sport’s national body. He was named barefoot water skier of the year. MacDonald broke a Canadian record this summer en route to four gold medals at the Canadian championships.

Whitney McClintock successfully defended her overall slalom world title this past summer.

Jason McClintock swept all four gold at the Canadian championships and added a couple of silver at the recent Pan American Games.

Malinoski earned six top-five finishes on the pro circuit and was fourth at the world championships. Leugner came back from a concussion to win gold in the amateur and open women’s events at the Canadian championships.

Neilly Ross of Belleville, Ont., and Christian Primrose of Barrie, Ont., were named the junior water skier and wakeboarder of the year respectively.

Jennifer Cloutier of Ottawa adaptive athlete of the year, Erika Langman of Orangeville, Ont., volunteer of the year, Jay Poole coach of the year and Michele Grant official of the year.

Cloutier earned a bronze in tricks at the disabled world championships, won two gold at nationals and set a Canadian record in tricks.

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada has more than 24,000 registered members. Its athletes have amassed 48 world champions, 124 total medals in world championships, and 36 PanAm Games medals since 1995.