Canine Watersports Canada is owned by Karen & Mark Larocque, which officially launched in January 2016, however despite the company being just 4 years old they each have over 11 years of experience in the world of dock-jumping which is evident in their growth and success. CWC is recognized as Canada’s FIRST 100% Canadian owned and operated dock-jumping company. Karen works diligently behind the scenes but can be seen doing various jobs during events and Mark is not only "truck driver", but the event coordinator, and also a CWC certified judge. Karen and Mark, own 3 Australian Shepherds: Bond is 13 - he is retired, Earl is 9 - he only jumps when he wants to, and Doug is 1 - he finished his first season with CWC with a Top Senior title and a Senior Lure title.
Judy Vodden has been with CWC for 3 years, and with Karen & Mark's other dock diving organizations since their inception in 2009. Judy currently helps with Admin functions at the Registration table, wrangles, assists with the other CWC disciplines, assists with event teardown, and otherwise helps where needed. Judy has a yellow lab named Ellie, who is a rescue from Louisiana, and came into Judy's life in Dec 2012, when Ellie was about 8 months old. Ellie provides comedic relief on the dock, trying her best at Jump and Lure. Ellie also competes in agility, and loves to do lure coursing, scent work, barn hunt, trick training, and hiking in the woods. Judy also jumps 9 yr old Roo, a game little border collie who loves the game of dock diving and loves swimming . . . she is an absolute water baby. Roo also competes in agility, is retired from sheep herding, and loves disc, barn hunt, trick training, scent work, and hiking in the woods, with her all time favourite (next to being in the water) . . . . mousing!
Cathy and Brian Anderson have been involved with CWC since its inception and have been active in the sport since 2016. Cathy helps with set up/take down, wrangling and administration during events. Brian is a certified CWC judge and has done just about everything, including admin, setups, and announcing. He loves to help other competitors and introduce new people to the sport. They have 2 dock diving dogs who love to be around the water. Kenji, a shepherd/border collie rescue has many titles and awards but his favourite discipline by far is Grab. Kira is their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who took a few years before she decided that she wanted to jump. Now everyone can hear her screams as she awaits her turn on the dock.
Tom and Mo Hammond have been jumping with CWC since it's beginning in 2015. They began dock-jumping in July 2012 when they and their baby girl Myrra Bella (yellow lab) got ‘bit’ by the dock diving bug and debuted at the Friendship Festival in Fort Erie Ontario. Since then they forged some lifelong friendships and bonds with a crew that is now like family. Myrra continued with CWC, earning lots of bling and two Canadian National Championships in the Junior and Top Junior Divisions. Now at over 9 yrs old, she is easing up a bit on the intensity and amount of jumping she does, but you cannot keep her out of the pool or off the dock in her endless parade of bathing suits! Her younger sister, Pearl , age 3 (Lab/Catahoula mix adopted from Louisiana/NOLA) has been following in her footsteps, learning the ropes from her older sister. Pearl is learning and getting better each year, earning titles and bling in all her own accomplishments. She fought back from TPLO surgery in 11/17 and hardware removal in 5/18 to earn international titles and continues to improve in her diving. Both girls compete in Lure and Jumping. Tom & Mo are hoping to get Pearl to take to Grab as well. Not only is Tom a certified CWC judge, but he is also, the helper is a guy Friday and does whatever is needed set up, tear down. He also doubles as Santa and Mo his impish elf. Together they provide lots of colour on the dock and endless smiles both on and off the dock. Mo can be seen, wrangling at the dockside, in the admin tent and doing whatever is needed, and has earned the title of the CWC raffle queen, lol.
Nikki and her dog Loka live in Pembroke, a small city 150 kms northwest of Ottawa. Nikki always had a great love for dogs, and it was her dream since she was a little girl to own a Border Collie; in 2010, that dream came true when she met and adopted Loka. Having a high energy breed means having to find ways to work them in order to keep them happy, so they started practicing agility and trick training. Loka is currently titled as an Expert trick dog. Then in 2016, they were introduced to dog jumping and were instantly hooked. Loka is not a big jumper by any means, but she loves it so much, you can see it in her face when she knows it’s her turn to step onto that dock. Nikki is a part-time photographer and runs K-IX Athletics (a subsidiary of ComBEtek multimedia) along with her friend Trevor, a videographer. K-IX Athletics takes photos at events they are able to attend, and creates promotional videos for CWC. In addition to her photographer duties, Nikki has become part of the CWC administrative team in 2018 and assists with maintenance of the CWC database and registration. When Nikki’s not on the dock, she’s probably around the pool, shooting your dog (with her camera).
Trevor and his dog Tilly live in Pembroke, a small city 150 kms northwest of Ottawa. Trevor and Nikki both run K-IX Athletics (a subsidiary of ComBEtek multimedia) which is a Facebook Page and YouTube channel focused on producing/sharing photos and videos of K9’s in action. After traveling to a number of dog events without a dog, Trevor decided it was time to find his own canine athlete. In 2015, Trevor adopted Tilly, an Australian Shepherd, when she was 7 months old. Tilly has become a great agility dog, but was hesitant about water, so dock jumping did not come easy. After 2 seasons of trying, Tilly finally started competing at events in 2018. She has a lot of potential and we expect to see a lot more come from her once she gets more comfortable with this sport. Right now she is dubbed “Tigger” for her take-off style off the end of the dock. Trevor is a videographer by trade, he shoots and edits promotional videos for CWC. During the events, if you don’t seem him on the dock, then he’s around the pool with a camera, trying not to get wet.