Estevan's Taylor Johnson has added another impressive accolade for her wakeboarding career.
Johnson, 18, won the gold medal in the women's open competition at the recent Wakestock invitational in Collingwood, Ontario. A national championship last year earned Johnson an invite for Wakestock.
She was placed in the women's open, even though she's still young enough to compete against people her own age. Her abilities are advanced enough that she can perform flips and other manoeuvres, so she was placed in the women's open class.
"This was probably the toughest competition that I've ever had," said Johnson. "We all have the same skills."
She was out on the water only once during Wakestock. Johnson performed some of her flips in front of the judges. She has yet to find out her score for the event, and she hasn't received any feedback on what her strengths were at Wakestock.
Up next for Johnson will be the national championships in Quebec in late August.
Johnson has been wakeboarding for the past six years. She credits the local No Boundaries Wakeboard Club for her development in the sport. Johnson is now a coach with the club, and she said she enjoys mentoring the new members and watching them gain a passion for wakeboarding.