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Jim Clunie

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Jim Clunie

Inducted 2008 - Athletics

Jim leaped to international acclaim in the sport of water skiing. As a jump specialist, Clunie was a member of the National Team, competed at many prestigious tournaments, and acquired many notable awards and achievements, including:

  • Highest rated water ski jumper in Saskatchewan from l981-1999
  • Saskatchewan waterskiing Male Athlete of the Year from l985-1999 and member of Saskfirst Water Ski Team from l987-l996
  • Competed in twelve Western Canadian Championships, winning seven gold, six silver and five bronze medals.
  • Won eight gold, three silver and three bronze medals in fifteen National Championships
  • In l992, at the Moomba Masters in Australia, he became one of the few jumpers in the world to ever break the 200 foot barrier, retiring with a career-best jump of more than 213 feet
  • In l995 the Kipabiskau Water Sports Club held a Jim Clunie Appreciation Day and erected a sign in his honour at the park entrance

Jim’s contributions extended beyond the water.

  • Named athlete representative on the Canadian Olympic Association for Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada in l997
  • Served as an athlete liaison on Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada’s board of directors from l995-l996, as well as various other committees
  • Founding member of the Professional Jumpers International Association
  • Coached Saskatchewan water skiers at a training academy he operated in Florida then returned home every year to coach young skiers and promote the sport at an annual water skiing clinic
  • Vice-president of competition for the Saskatchewan Water Ski Association in l999-2000 as well as Chief of Competition and organizer of the 2000 Saskatchewan provincial water skiing championships

Beyond his titles as an athlete and committee member, Jim has bestowed a level of respect, determination and integrity on the sport. His coaches, team mates and other international athletes refer to him as “the little man with a big heart.”