About Waterski and Wakeboard Australia
Waterski & Wakeboard Australia (WAWA) is the Peak Body for water skiing in Australia. The WAWA has been structured as a sports discipline based organisation that reflects the operation of the sport within all States. The sports disciplines currently comprise the Divisions of Tournament, Barefoot, Disabled, Show Skiing and Wakeboard,Cable Wakeboard (interim). Knee Boarding is represented in some States but not as a separate Division within WAWA. Ski Racing Australia is a separate body but has close ties to the WAWA as we are both affiliated to the International Water Ski Federation.
The Federation services a projected 3500 registered competitive participants and approximately 1.3 million unregistered participants (statistical information obtained from the Sweeney report, state membership and boat registration sources).
The potential to develop the sport is constantly being addressed at both grass roots and high performance levels.Â Progress to date in the high performance area has placed Australia amongst the very top nations in all disciplines. In the last three years programs to increase entry level participation have been developed and implemented across Australia. Our world rankings reflect the effort being undertaken in junior and senior developments.
The strength of the sport internationally is also on the rise. We have been competing in the World Games since 1981 as well as the Pan American Games since 1995. The Sports profile is on the increase due to events such as the Moomba Masters, World Games and the World Cup. Our continued relationship with Water Ski Racing Australia (SRA) also ensures that indirect ties with major events such as the Bridge to Bridge and the Australian Ski Racing Grand Prix are maintained. Cable wakeboard is currently a listed sport for possible inclusion in future Olympic Games.
With the exception of the Executive Officer and the Office Administrative Assistant in the National Office, all Directors, Administrators, Judges and Organisers are volunteers. The WAWA arranges Public Liability Insurance for affiliated water ski clubs, sanctioned sites, competitions and training. Membership also entitles members to Personal Accident Insurance for water ski related injuries and to travel insurance on international travel for water skiing events and training. We negotiate water safety, access and policy matters with maritime authorities on behalf of both WAWA members and recreational skiers
The WAWA continues to provide an umbrella administration that encompasses Junior, Senior, Masters, Female, Male, Indigenous and Disabled in all disciplines of the Sport.