Village Green residents attend barefoot waterskiing championships in Selby

Being outdoors and watching unique event scores big points with residents

Selby, Ont. hosted the 2018 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s (IWWF’s) world barefoot waterski championships last week, and residents and staff members from nearby Village Green were on hand to watch some of the action on Aug. 16.

The tournament, which featured about 120 competitors from across the globe, was held at Dream Lake, a man-made lake designed for waterskiing. The group of residents and staff members made it down that morning while the temperature was still relatively cool, says Village Green life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Karen Coulter.

Barefoot waterskiing is the same as regular waterskiing except, as the name suggests, it is done barefoot. Karen notes that the residents got to witness a piece of sports history first-hand, as this was the first time the world barefoot waterski championships were held in Canada.

Karen says the residents “loved” the fact that this was a unique event for them to watch. Being at an outdoor event was also a major plus for residents, she adds.

“They enjoyed it so much; the residents loved being outdoors and the weather was nice,” the LEC tells The OMNIway. “It was amazing to watch these waterskiers waterskiing barefoot.”

Karen says residents and staff members watched the competition for about two hours and got back to the home in time for lunch.

Dream Lake is located on property owned by Dwight and Michelle Williams. Village Green administrator Linda Pierce’s husband, Kevin, works with Dwight.

It rained the night before, and water covered much of the parking lot, but Dwight went above and beyond to help the Village Green team get residents to the lake and made sure they had a good spot to sit, Karen says.

“They were so accommodating to us.”

The tournament, which was free to attend, was held Aug. 12-18.

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