Fantastic Results for Canadians who Competed at the 2017 Moomba Masters
Moomba Masters started the 2017 water ski season in Melbourne, Australia. Canadians competed in the Junior Moomba Masters, Open Moomba Masters and Moomba Night Jump with great success. Highlights include - Whitney McClintock took Gold in Open Women Slalom and the Overall, Neilly Ross took Gold in Open Women Trick, Ryan Dodd took Gold in Open Men Night Jump, and in the semi-finals of the Open Men Jump, Ryan soared to a site record with a jump of 70.8m (232ft).
Canadian athletes who competed at this prestigious event included Whitney McClintock, Ryan Dodd, Stephen Neveu, Breanne Dodd, Jason McClintock and Neilly Ross.
Thousands of spectators lined the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne to watch the competition. The water ski event is part of the annual Moomba Festival since the 1960’s.
The first event was the Junior Masters where Neilly Ross competed in Trick and Slalom. In the slalom event, Neilly finished on the podium in 3rd place. In the trick event, Neilly took home the silver. The juniors competed in 2 rounds and results were averaged over the 2 scores from each round. Congratulations to Neilly Ross on her 3rd place finish in slalom and her 2nd place finish in trick in the Junior Moomba Masters.
Whitney McClintock is the reigning Moomba Open Women slalom champion and she had previously won this event an impressive 5 times in a row. She did not disappoint once again and she won the Slalom title for a 6th year with a score of 1 @ 10.75m. Congratulations to Whitney McClintock for her win in the Open Women Slalom Title. In the Women’s slalom event, the top 12 skiers in the Prelims moved onto the Semi-Finals. Then the top 6 skiers moved onto the Finals. Neilly Ross finished 5th in the Open Women Slalom event and Breanne Dodd finished 7th. Follow Breanne on Instagram @breannedodd
The Open Women Trick event showcased 2 Canadians, Neilly Ross and Whitney McClintock. Whitney made the semi-finals and finished in 8th place. Neilly Ross moved onto the Finals and took the Gold – 1st place in the Open Women trick event with a score of 9920. Congratulations to Neilly Ross for this impressive 1st place finish. Follow Neilly on Instagram @neilly.ross
In Jump, Whitney just missed the podium, and took 4th in the Open Women Jump Event. Whitney competed in the Overall and with her fantastic finishes in slalom, trick and jump she took Gold – 1st Place in Overall. Great Moomba Results for Whitney in 2017. Follow Whitney on Instagram @whitmcclintock
Ryan Dodd competed both in the Moomba Open Men Jump and the Moomba Night Jump events. In the Semi-Finals of the Open Men Jump, Ryan soared to a site record with a jump of 70.8m (232ft). He went on to take silver – 2nd place in the Finals in this Open Men Jump event with a score of 69.7m (229 ft). However, in the Night Jump event, Ryan took the Title with a jump of 65.0m (213 ft) and brought home the Gold. Congratulations to Ryan Dodd for his 1st and 2nd place finishes. Follow Ryan on Instagram @rdodd250
Jason McClintock is the Canadian Slalom Record holder with a score of 5 buoys at 10.25m / 41’ off. Jason competed in the Open Men Slalom event. He made it through the prelims and the semi-finals and into the finals and finished with an 8th place finish in the Open Men Slalom Finals and 9th in the Night Men Slalom event. Follow Jason on Instagram @jmacskis
Stephen Neveu was the U21 World Slalom Champion in 2013. Stephen competed in the Open Men Slalom event. He made it through the prelims and the semi-finals and into the finals and finished with an 6th place finish in the Open Men Slalom Event and 7th in the Night Men Slalom event. Follow Stephen on Instagram @stephenneveu