Ian Livingstone Reid
Born: April 7, 1931
Died: January 12, 2014 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Order of Canada (1983)
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1986)
Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada Hall of Fame (2007)
In 1951, Dr. Ian Reid founded the Selkirk Seals, the first waterski club in Manitoba. Two years later, he founded the Manitoba Waterski Association, the first provincial governing body for the sport in Canada.
Dr. Reid learned the sport from his father, Dr. William Reid. Among his own extensive contributions to the start was the introduction of safety helmets to waterski jumping. He also wrote “A History of Waterskiing in Manitoba” and served as creator and curator of a provincial waterskiing museum at the Marine Museum of Manitoba in Selkirk, the Red River city northeast of Winnipeg.
After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Reid was a surgeon in Selkirk from 1960 until his retirement in 1984.
He was invested as a member of the Order of Canada in 1983 for his community work in Selkirk, including the creation of a community health team and a crisis centre. His citation also notes his work supporting music and Block Parents, as well as his contributions to the sport of waterskiing, including his work as a judge and his role in teaching the blind to partake in the sport.
His three children — sons Kim and Bruce, daughter Patricia — all competed nationally and internationally in the sport. A grandson continues the family’s competitive association with the sport.