Jed Leech Grade 11, Frances Kelsey Secondary

Jed Leech
Jed Leech's water skiing career continues to take off.
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Signature sports moment of 2012: I’d have to say it was at the Pan-American Championships when I got a personal best in jump at the preliminary round to make the finals. It was on my last jump and I had to jump a personal best or else I would not have made finals.

Coach’s words of wisdom: “Dude, it’s just water skiing”— Cory Bate. Cory says this to me when I’m either frustrated or upset at my performance.

Biggest obstacle to overcome: I’d have to say living in Canada isn’t the most desirable place for a water skier. Kids in the southern United States and other places closer to the equator get to train year round in ideal water ski conditions. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love living here.

Best teammate ever: It’s hard to say seeing that water skiing is a very individual sport. For Team B.C., it would be my coach/teammate/longtime friend Cory Bate. For Team Canada, it would be Guillaume Tetreault from Amos, Quebec.

Benefits of being in high-level sports: It’s also pretty cool getting to meet all these different kids and adults who have the same love for water skiing as you do. You make many friends/bonds with people all around the world with water skiing. Also I get to travel around North America, half the time by myself.

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