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ACA Competition Council - Committee Elections

Competition Council Committees - Nomination Slate (in alphabetical order):

 

*Voting is now closed.

 

In the nomination process, each individual had to answer the following question and submit a biography.

  • Why are you interested in running for an ACA Competition Council Committee?

 

Nominees for:

 

Competition Council (every ACA member affiliated with paddlesport competition can vote for the At-Large Representatives)

 

At-Large Member to the Competition Council (vote for 2)

 

Donald Anderson - WI

Wanting to promote high performance paddling in Wisconsin and help youth and adults get into competitive paddling. Something I whish I had access to when I was a teenager.

Cathy Bohlman - CA

Involved in the sprint/surfski world now for 15 years in many aspects of the sports I'm excited to move into new territory with the ACA

Robert Clegg - NM

Previously served on the committee for USACK as Chairman and vice. Represented the USA in Worlds Marathon Kayak

Nigel Graham - SC

I have a keen interest in developing the sport with a special interest in Kayak Polo. I would like to help make the competitive disciplines more accessible to the general paddling community. I believe I can help establish and drive development programs to help increase youth participation and help develop coaching pathways by offering Continuing Development modules for existing ACA coaches and create discipline specific coaching awards. The aim would be to  be to give existing club coaches the skills and knowledge to introduce club members to the competitive disciplines, provide them with support and a pathway to offer to those who wanted to peruse the competitive disciplines further.

Glen Green - NJ

I am specifically interested in promoting, advertising, and organizing long distance canoe, kayak, surfski, and outrigger canoe races (over 10K).  I have raced in over 700 long distance kayak races, and have organized thirteen separate long distance paddlesports races on different creeks, rivers and lakes.  Several of these races have been held annually for many years.  As current Chairperson of the Paddlesports Racing Association, I would be willing to be the contact person for information on marathon canoe, kayak, surfski, outrigger canoe, standup paddle board long distance races in the United States; plus dragon boat and swan boat races. See http://www.PaddleSportsRacing.org (the ACA is welcome to link this website to their website).  As a safety professional, I have authored several safety afloat handouts which will make our races safer (these handouts can be viewed on the Paddle Sports Racing website). I also wrote "Guidelines for Putting on a Paddle Sports Race" which includes information on how to organize a race, obtaining ACA or USCA liability insurance, and safety afloat advice (this document is attached to my biography).  The ACA is welcome to post this document on their website.

Scott Greifenberger - NY

To help with switch from USACK back to the ACA 

Gerard Henwood - OH

I want to promote higher profile races, bringing more people to paddlesports by using race events to attract more paddlers.  Would like to explore high school race teams with membership.  Paddlesports has to bring more younger paddlers into the competitive realm.

Missy Hill - WA

To support the growth of Paddle Sports.

Chris Hipgrave - NC

Highly motivated to see the NGB designation thru to a well designed, implemented and functional competition committee. With a diverse background in both Olympic and non-Olympic sport, I believe I can contribute towards reaching those milestones. While the Olympic disciplines may get the lions share of the attention, the largest numbers of competing ACA members will actually be non-Olympic, so supporting them in addition to the Olympics, with resources previously unavailable, would be a priority.

Chris Norbury - PA

I've been paddling for 38 years, all over the world, and the majority of that time has been spent racing or competing in canoe polo competitions.  I have competed in a large number of disciplines, have organized competitions in many disciplines at many levels and coached athletes at many experience levels ranging from beginners to Olympians and US Team athletes.  While my focus in recent years has been on wildwater racing, I believe my experience in all of these disciplines can help to broaden competition and participation across ALL of the paddlesports competitive disciplines.  In particular, I believe encouraging paddlers to compete in multiple disciplines is a good way to build our competitive base, as well as for many people to have a lot of fun!

Harriet Rollins - TN

Since USACK is no longer in existence and the ACA is now the national governing body for paddle sports, I would like to have my input, as an athlete, be heard on the competition council.  I believe my input as a multi-disciplinary paddler and college student could be valuable to the ACA Competition Council.

Paula Saaf - CT

I attended the World Freestyle Competition in San Juan this year.  Rumor had it that this was the first time several of the judges had actually judged live competition.  This should not happen at a "worlds" event but unfortunately not many paddlers judge and of those fewer were available to judge the Worlds event this year.  This was a huge indication of how many paddlers are not actually involved in the competition side of their sports. I want to be involved in the competition side of whitewater sports.     

Joe Shaw - MA

I would like to combine my work experience with a lifetime involvement in sports to help all paddle sports grow in the U.S.A.

Rok Sribar - CA

I wish to help ACA's new slalom committee to become a valuable advocate for the athletes and the sport of slalom canoeing and kayaking in the US and internationally. I believe that we have significant opportunity to improve the financial situation by rethinking how we structure and manage sport's governance, the recruitment of families and athletes, development of young athletes and coaches, and by rethinking our relationship with sponsors and event organizers.

Andras "Andy" Toro - CA

To return to serve the Olympic hopefuls

Michael Valentine - OK

Competitive Sprint Canoe and Kayak in the United States is an emerging sport on the world stage.  We need to strengthen the American Canoe Association and its athletes and officials to be prepared to compete and work nationally and internationally.  I have six years of experience as certified Sprint Official at the local and national level, and have had the opportunity to work with international officials.  Looking forward to the 2028 Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles, we need to start now to build a strong foundation of certified and experienced officials, who can represent the US and ACA around the world.  This is an exciting time as the ACA takes its place as the National Governing Body for Sprint Canoe and Kayak.  I look forward to being a part of the new era for competitive canoe and kayak in the United States and internationally.

Adam Van Grack - MD

I have been involved with canoe and kayak sports in the United States for over 20 years as an athlete and sport administrator, and I am honored to be considered for a position on the ACA Competition Council Committee and Slalom Committee. Having served previously as the Chair and Slalom Director at USA Canoe/Kayak for the past two years, and the Chair and President of Potomac Whitewater Racing Center previously, I hope to be able to assist ACA as the Canoe/Kayak National Governing Body in all aspects of athlete development, athlete training, race organization, event management, athlete/membership communication, athlete success, and financial security.  While I have primarily competed in and administered issues related to slalom, I have also had involvement (athlete and administering) in wildwater, sprint, and freestyle -- and I have seen how different sports manage their events, athletes, and finances.  I hope to be involved within slalom to ensure that ACA communicates with all athletes and involved members to ensure that the sport thrives and has the financial and operational support that it needs to succeed.  My experience that is relevant to being on the ACA Competition Council and ACA Slalom Committee includes the following: Chair, USA Canoe/Kayak (2016-Present). Slalom Director, USA Canoe/Kayak (2016-2017). Member, Slalom Committee, USA Canoe/Kayak & ACA (2016-Present). Slalom Athlete (1991-Present).  Wildwater Athlete (1999-Present). Freestyle Athlete (1999-Present). Recipient of the 2015 Havens Leadership Award from USA Canoe/Kayak. President & Chair, Potomac Whitewater Racing Center (2008-2016).  Vice President, PWRC (2007-2009); Board Member, PWRC (2005-2007). Canoe Cruisers Association, Executive Member, Board of Directors (2005-2011).

 

Competition Council Committees

 (an ACA member must either compete, judge, coach or volunteer with a discipline in order to vote in that discipline's committee election)

 

 

Canoe Poling Nominees: 

 

Scott Stepenuck - NY

I am interested in promoting the sport of canoe poling, and continuing to develop new equipment and techniques to improve the sport.   I have been actively competing in canoe poling races for about 30 years.  

 

Canoe Polo Nominees: 

 

Nigel Graham - SC

I have a keen interest in developing the sport with a special interest in Kayak Polo. I would like to help make the competitive disciplines more accessible to the general paddling community. I believe I can help establish and drive development programs to help increase youth participation and help develop coaching pathways by offering Continuing Development modules for existing ACA coaches and create discipline specific coaching awards. The aim would be to  be to give existing club coaches the skills and knowledge to introduce club members to the competitive disciplines, provide them with support and a pathway to offer to those who wanted to peruse the competitive disciplines further.

Stephanie Schnorr - TX

I have spent over half of my life committed to paddling and playing kayak polo, and now I have a sense that I can and should give my time back to promote the sport of kayak polo and to encourage paddle sport development in general in the US

Ge Wu - CA

I've been playing canoe polo for over 12 years. My job in the past two years has been coaching the students canoe polo team at Zhejiang University. I have played on the USA canoe polo national team since 2011 and competed in Americas, Europe and Asia. I'm also an ICF (International Canoe Federation) certified canoe polo coach and referee.   I would like to use my skills, knowledge and experience to further promote the sport of canoe polo. Recently, through the hard work of many of my peers and myself in Asia, canoe polo has been officially selected as an exhibition sport at this year's Asian Games.   I hope to have the opportunity to work together with others who are passionate about our sport, to see canoe polo grow bigger in the US.

 

Canoe Sailing Nominees: 

 

Dave Breinig - PA

I want to giveback to the ACA, who was helpful to my learning canoe sailing 

  • Biography - non provided

Will Clark - MA

I want to make sure that canoe sailing, both decked and open, have representation

Marilyn Vogel - PA

I have racing open canoe sailing for over 30 years.

Tom Uebel - NY

Canoe sail racing many years. ACA member all my life.

 

FreeStyle Canoeing (flatwater) Nominees: 

 

  • None submitted

 

Marathon Nominees: 

 

Donald Anderson - WI

Wanting to promote high performance paddling in Wisconsin and help youth and adults get into competitive paddling. Something I whish I had access to when I was a teenager.

Heather Davis - MD

I came to paddling later in life than most, but fully embraced the sport and community and started with competing in surf ski for many seasons and competing in the San Francisco Bay Area's WaveChaser Series and U.S. Surfski Championships taking podium finishes in my races. While still living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I learned more about the world of flat water from local area coaches. After moving back home to Los Angeles, I joined the San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team and trained and raced in sprint races before trying my hand at marathon kayak. With a background in endurance swimming and running, I have taken to marathon kayak and want to see the sport grow.  I do not have the luxury of training as a full time athlete as I cannot afford not to work a full time salaried position. While my work is demanding, I do have the flexibility to train and dedicate my life to things that I truly love like paddling and protecting our natural environment. I work in the environmental conservation field and very much love the work that I do shaping and driving forward our nation's policies for the enhancement and protection of our natural resources, sacred landscapes, wildlife, and their essential habitats. It is at times grueling and challenging work, especially in our current political climate, doing work behind the scenes working with US and state Congress members to develop, support, and ultimately champion policies that will ensure a clean, healthy environment for future generations, which is challenging against the backdrop of special interests that generate more revenue in the short term. With my work it is important to stay focused on long term goals as policy development can take up to seven years for one campaign, and with U.S. Presidents changing in that time period, it can make for a bumpy road at times, and nothing ever goes to plan.  The same can be said kayaking, and any sport. You train, put in the hard work, show up for the race, and all bets are off. All that you can do is be the best you in any given moment. Understanding this is what drives me to compete myself, but also wanting others to experience this and grow as athletes, and as people. Marathon kayak is not a widely practiced or known discipline here in the states, but it has potential, and I would like to be a part of the change force that not only helps marathon grow, but all paddle sports.  I am extremely committed to the sport as an athlete, but also see the potential in the sport beyond my contribution and know that there are vast opportunities to engage new and diverse audiences to the paddling world. Having just move from sunny Los Angeles, to Maryland's Chesapeake Bay to continue the growth of my professional career, with so much water access, I have hopes for expanding paddling opportunities in the Chesapeake community as well as for the rest of the country. I have been interested in being apart of the marathon committee, and now that the transition of USACK to ACA is complete, I feel that this is an important and opportune time for me to engage more deeply with the governance of our paddling community.  I bring dedication, drive, and strategic thinking to the table, which I think is important to the future growth and development of marathon!   

Glen Green - NJ

I am specifically interested in promoting, advertising, and organizing long distance canoe, kayak, surfski, and outrigger canoe races (over 10K).  I have raced in over 700 long distance kayak races, and have organized thirteen separate long distance paddlesports races on different creeks, rivers and lakes.  Several of these races have been held annually for many years.  As current Chairperson of the Paddlesports Racing Association, I would be willing to be the contact person for information on marathon canoe, kayak, surfski, outrigger canoe, standup paddle board long distance races in the United States; plus dragon boat and swan boat races. See http://www.PaddleSportsRacing.org (the ACA is welcome to link this website to their website).  As a safety professional, I have authored several safety afloat handouts which will make our races safer (these handouts can be viewed on the Paddle Sports Racing website). I also wrote "Guidelines for Putting on a Paddle Sports Race" which includes information on how to organize a race, obtaining ACA or USCA liability insurance, and safety afloat advice (this document is attached to my biography).  The ACA is welcome to post this document on their website.

Brad Pennington - TX

To continue serving as Marathon Chair as we transition from USACK to the ACA, after also serving as a USACK Director (ICF World Disciplines) to effectuate the NGB transfer with the ACA, a two year undertaking that required more than seventy board/sub-committee meetings.     

Joe Shaw - MA

I would like to combine my work experience with a lifetime involvement in sports to help all paddle sports grow in the U.S.A.

Steven Wort - WA

I have been involved in Sprint and marathon at the Club level for many years, and would like to offer my services to help guide the sport at the National level. I am passionate about both Sprint and Marathon racing, and would like to see both sports grow, and thrive in this country.

 

National Collegiate Paddling Nominees: 

 

Donald Anderson - WI

Wanting to promote high performance paddling in Wisconsin and help youth and adults get into competitive paddling. Something I whish I had access to when I was a teenager.

Cathy Bohlman - CA

Involved in the sprint/surfski world now for 15 years in many aspects of the sports I'm excited to move into new territory with the ACA

Harriet Rollins - TN

Since USACK is no longer in existence and the ACA is now the national governing body for paddle sports, I would like to have my input, as an athlete, be heard on the competition council.  I believe my input as a multi-disciplinary paddler and college student could be valuable to the ACA Competition Council.

 

Ocean Racing (Surfski) Nominees: 

 

Cathy Bohlman - CA

Involved in the sprint/surfski world now for 15 years in many aspects of the sports I'm excited to move into new territory with the ACA

Heather Davis - MD

I came to paddling later in life than most, but fully embraced the sport and community and started with competing in surf ski for many seasons and competing in the San Francisco Bay Area’s WaveChaser Series and U.S. Surfski Championships taking podium finishes in my races. While still living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I learned more about the world of flat water from local area coaches. After moving back home to Los Angeles, I joined the San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team and trained and raced in sprint races before trying my hand at marathon kayak. With a background in endurance swimming and running, I have taken to marathon kayak and want to see the sport grow.  I do not have the luxury of training as a full time athlete as I cannot afford not to work a full time salaried position. While my work is demanding, I do have the flexibility to train and dedicate my life to things that I truly love like paddling and protecting our natural environment. I work in the environmental conservation field and very much love the work that I do shaping and driving forward our nation’s policies for the enhancement and protection of our natural resources, sacred landscapes, wildlife, and their essential habitats. It is at times grueling and challenging work, especially in our current political climate, doing work behind the scenes working with US and state Congress members to develop, support, and ultimately champion policies that will ensure a clean, healthy environment for future generations, which is challenging against the backdrop of special interests that generate more revenue in the short term. With my work it is important to stay focused on long term goals as policy development can take up to seven years for one campaign, and with U.S. Presidents changing in that time period, it can make for a bumpy road at times, and nothing ever goes to plan.  The same can be said kayaking, and any sport. You train, put in the hard work, show up for the race, and all bets are off. All that you can do is be the best you in any given moment. Understanding this is what drives me to compete myself, but also wanting others to experience this and grow as athletes, and as people. Marathon kayak is not a widely practiced or known discipline here in the states, but it has potential, and I would like to be a part of the change force that not only helps marathon grow, but all paddle sports.  I am extremely committed to the sport as an athlete, but also see the potential in the sport beyond my contribution and know that there are vast opportunities to engage new and diverse audiences to the paddling world. Having just move from sunny Los Angeles, to Maryland's Chesapeake Bay to continue the growth of my professional career, with so much water access, I have hopes for expanding paddling opportunities in the Chesapeake community as well as for the rest of the country. I have been interested in being apart of the marathon committee, and now that the transition of USACK to ACA is complete, I feel that this is an important and opportune time for me to engage more deeply with the governance of our paddling community.  I bring dedication, drive, and strategic thinking to the table, which I think is important to the future growth and development of marathon!   

Michele Eray - CA

I am passionate about surfski, and I am trying to steer the sport here in the US to new, great heights. As I sit on the ICF (International Canoe Federation) SurfSki committee, and the US Surfski committee, my goals are to increase participation within the US, develop a coaching curriculum, as well as grow both the depth and level of performance of the paddlers, to be able to eventually go to a world championships and place on the podium.

Joe Shaw - MA

I would like to combine my work experience with a lifetime involvement in sports to help all paddle sports grow in the U.S.A.

 

Paracanoe Nominees: 

 

At-Large Representatives:

 

Cathy Bohlman - CA

Involved in the sprint/surfski world now for 15 years in many aspects of the sports I'm excited to move into new territory with the ACA

Larry Gioia - PA

For the past four years, I have been working with paddlers of all ages and abilities and sharing my passion for recreational paddlesports. In this time, I have come to befriend many people, a few of whom are elite athletes in other disciplines of adaptive sports (handcycling, monoski, wheelchair basketball, and sled hockey) I recently began paddling with a Paralympic sled hockey player (Dan McCoy) in Pittsburgh and quickly realized his potential in our discipline. Recognizing that paracanoe and the opportunity it presents, I am eager to help Dan (and other athletes like him) realize their dreams of competing the international stage and representing Team USA on the water.

Debby Page - FL

I have been involved with Paracanoe since the beginning.  I have extensive corporate knowledge both nationally and internationally, which will be important as the sport grows and adds events to the 2020 Paralympics.  I am not ready to stop supporting Paracanoe!

Jan Whitaker - NY

Ever since I first envisioned vaâ  in Paralympic Games in 1997, I have been a pioneer in the movement to make the vision become a reality. I have recruited and coached paddlers with disabilities, taken teams to regional outrigger canoe races and International Vaâ  Federation World Sprints, organized an inclusive local outrigger canoe (vaâ) race, established a United States Canoe Association National Championship Sprint Race for paddlers with physical disabilities, served on adaptive paddling committees for various organizations, published articles promoting the vision and presented Outrigger Canoeing, a Sport for Paddlers in All Major Disability Groups Involved in Paralympic Sport to the ICF at the 2008 International PaddleAll Conference in Montreal. I have been a member of USA Canoe/Kayaks Paracanoe Committee since 2008 and served at the USACK Para Vaâ Coach for National teams that competed in ICF Sprint World Championships since 2009 and coached athletes that have achieved podium status. With vaâa making its inaugural appearance in 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, I would like to continue to serve on the Paracanoe Committee and use my vast background to help the United States place Paracanoe athletes on the podium in Tokyo and beyond.

 

Athlete Representative:

 

Kelly Allen - OK

I am very passionate about Paracanoe and helping it grow in the United States. 

Danzig Norberg - WA

I want to serve as the Athlete representative for Paracanoe on the Competition Council for a simple reason; I am confident in my ability to be the kind of athlete rep that my fellow athletes deserve. I believe that to be a successful representative, communication is key. The aim of a representative is to act as a conduit and point of contact and that is what I will do. It is my plan to communicate regularly with my fellow athletes, keeping them informed of what happens at Competition Council meetings and soliciting feedback. It is extremely important that athletes have a say in their sport and in the decisions that affect their ability to perform. If Paracanoe in the United States is to reach its full potential, everyone needs to be involved and invested. My dedication to the sport, my positive attitude, and my communication skills make me the right guy for the job!

 

Slalom Nominees: 

 

At-Large Representatives: 

 

Rok Sribar - CA

I wish to help ACA's new slalom committee to become a valuable advocate for the athletes and the sport of slalom canoeing and kayaking in the US and internationally. I believe that we have significant opportunity to improve the financial situation by rethinking how we structure and manage sport's governance, the recruitment of families and athletes, development of young athletes and coaches, and by rethinking our relationship with sponsors and event organizers.

Adam Van Grack - MD

I have been involved with canoe and kayak sports in the United States for over 20 years as an athlete and sport administrator, and I am honored to be considered for a position on the ACA Competition Council Committee and Slalom Committee. Having served previously as the Chair and Slalom Director at USA Canoe/Kayak for the past two years, and the Chair and President of Potomac Whitewater Racing Center previously, I hope to be able to assist ACA as the Canoe/Kayak National Governing Body in all aspects of athlete development, athlete training, race organization, event management, athlete/membership communication, athlete success, and financial security.  While I have primarily competed in and administered issues related to slalom, I have also had involvement (athlete and administering) in wildwater, sprint, and freestyle -- and I have seen how different sports manage their events, athletes, and finances.  I hope to be involved within slalom to ensure that ACA communicates with all athletes and involved members to ensure that the sport thrives and has the financial and operational support that it needs to succeed.  My experience that is relevant to being on the ACA Competition Council and ACA Slalom Committee includes the following: Chair, USA Canoe/Kayak (2016-Present). Slalom Director, USA Canoe/Kayak (2016-2017). Member, Slalom Committee, USA Canoe/Kayak & ACA (2016-Present). Slalom Athlete (1991-Present).  Wildwater Athlete (1999-Present). Freestyle Athlete (1999-Present). Recipient of the 2015 Havens Leadership Award from USA Canoe/Kayak. President & Chair, Potomac Whitewater Racing Center (2008-2016).  Vice President, PWRC (2007-2009); Board Member, PWRC (2005-2007). Canoe Cruisers Association, Executive Member, Board of Directors (2005-2011).

  

Athlete Representatives:

 

Harriet Rollins - TN

Since USACK is no longer in existence and the ACA is now the national governing body for paddle sports, I would like to have my input, as an athlete, be heard on the competition council.  I believe my input as a multi-disciplinary paddler and college student could be valuable to the ACA Competition Council.

 

Coaches sub-Committee

 

Silvan Poberaj - MD

I want to help the Slalom Program in US

 

Events sub-Committee

 

Paula Saaf - CT

I attended the World Freestyle Competition in San Juan this year.  Rumor had it that this was the first time several of the judges had actually judged live competition.  This should not happen at a "worlds" event but unfortunately not many paddlers judge and of those fewer were available to judge the Worlds event this year.  This was a huge indication of how many paddlers are not actually involved in the competition side of their sports. I want to be involved in the competition side of whitewater sports.     

Karla Westcott - WI

I am interested in running for the ACA Competition Council Committee to further advance the  sport of Canoe Slalom.   I have over thirty years of experience in Canoe Slalom in local, national, and international  events. I have experience as a Judge, Chief Judge and Transmitting Judge. I became an  International Canoe Federation Judge/Official in 1994 and served as an ICF Technical Delegate for the Charlotte Open/World rankings in 2009. I have also served as a race organizer, event  chair, and co-chair for events on the local and national levels. Including the 2011 ICF Jr & U23  Canoe Slalom Pre World Championships and the 2012 ICF Canoe Slalom World  Championships both held in Wausau, WI. I have served on the Board of Directors for Wausau  Kayak &Canoe from 1995-2013 during that time holding office as president multiple time.  In  2010, I was named National Chair of the USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom committee and helped to  oversee policies and procedures for Slalom events in the United States. Also in 2010, I was  named event chair for the 2010 Junior and Senior Team Trials that were held in Wausau, WI. In  2013, I acted as a liaison between USACK/ICF and the Deep Creek 2014 organizing committee  to help ensure a successful collaboration. In 2015, I was named chair of the officials committee  for USACK and a member of the events and Slalom committees. I feel that my over thirty years  of experience in Canoe Slalom and as an event organizer make me an excellent candidate for  the ACA Canoe Slalom Competition Committee.   Thank you for your consideration,  Karla Westcott 

 

 

Officials sub-Committee

 

Brian Fike - CO

I want to continue to give back to a sport that has meant so much to me over the past 35 years.

Nate Lord - CO

I want to grow our life time sport and create a broad competitive base for our national and international athletes.  I am passionate about junior development.

 

Sprint Nominees: 

 

Club Presidents sub-Committee

 

Donald Anderson - WI

Wanting to promote high performance paddling in Wisconsin and help youth and adults get into competitive paddling. Something I whish I had access to when I was a teenager.

Jennifer Hein - CA

As President of SDCKT, I am eager to collaborate with other club designees on issues that impact all Sprint Clubs.  I am highly motivated to offer my support to the new governance structure within the ACA. 

Terez Grady - WA

I am interested in serving on behalf of all athletes, coaches, and board members. 

David McMullen - OK

I'm committed to the evolution, acceleration, expansion and ELEVATION of US Sprint Canoe/Kayak. The US is a sleeping giant in our sport and it's time to take our hand off the snooze button!

Steven Wort - WA

I have been involved in Sprint and marathon at the Club level for many years, and would like to offer my services to help guide the sport at the National level. I am passionate about both Sprint and Marathon racing, and would like to see both sports grow, and thrive in this country.

 

Coaches Association

 

Dan Henderson - WA

We have an opportunity to start afresh with how we govern Sprint Racing in the United States, and I'd like to be a part of establishing a strong, ethical, inclusive, transparent and successful national program with effective communication with stakeholders.  I'd like Americans to have the opportunity to train and race at a level with the best in the world, similar to what I saw when I trained and raced for 5 seasons in Hungary.  Ultimately, I'd like to see Americans on the podiums at international competitions, and we have the ability to do that.  I think I have some of the answers and would like to help.

Marsh Jones - MN

I am seeking the nomination to the Sprint Coaches committee to represent, and provide an active voice for the small/mid-size clubs and coaches, and to continue furthering the development of Sprint paddling in this country.  

Kalen Scholz - GA

I would like to continue my work on the sprint coaches committee by advocating for the improvement of the Sprint National Championships, giving input on selection criteria for National teams, and promoting motivating programs like the Barton Bantams Kilometer Challenge for our youngest paddlers. 

Steve Scoggins - WA

I enjoy being part of the Sprint community and would like to further my involvement. 

 

At-Large Representatives

 

Cathy Bohlman - CA

Involved in the sprint/surfski world now for 15 years in many aspects of the sports I'm excited to move into new territory with the ACA

Andras "Andy" Toro - CA

To return to serve the Olympic hopefuls

 

Events sub-Committee

 

Teresa Anderson - OK

Being part of the Sprint Events Committee is important to me because I care about the types of events and details regarding those events that our athletes and children compete in. I feel that I can contribute from the experiences I have had in the last  past 5 Nationals events that I have attended.  I think it is important to listen to parents, coaches, officials and athletes to find the best solution for a situation.  I look forward to the opportunity to create a strong future for Canoe/Kayak Sprint.  

Missy Hill - WA

To support the growth of Paddle Sports.

Jackie Nipper - CA

Being selected to be part of the ACA Sprint Events Committee would be an honor. New to this sport I feel that volunteering my time will open the doors to a better  understanding of our sport at a national level. Representing all of our athletes, parents and coaches and giving them a voice to be heard.

 

Officials Association

 

Melissa Baker - OK

As a mother and registered nurse raising a son, it was important to find a sport that my son liked, and was safe.  As a family, we started participating as officials, volunteers, and supporting our local teams in 2008.  Our family found this sport friendly, safe, and teaching life-long skills of community and committment.   As an official I find it important to ensure the sport is safe and equal for all paddlers, but most importantly, I want to grow the base of officials with parents, friends,  and others can feel they are part of something special and fun for all in the paddling community.  I have hear more than one coach say “those who paddle together, stay together.”

 

At some point in time, I would like to do a cross walk between rowing and kayaking, so that we can share officials between different sports.  It could be a growing and teaching moment for all.

Scott Greifenberger - NY

To help with switch from USACK back to the ACA 

Tegan Malone - OK

Since 2012, my children and I have been a part of the sprint canoe community in Oklahoma City.  We are excited to see the success that this new affiliation with ACA will afford our athletes as they continue to progress.  I feel that as we work to strengthen our sport in the United States, we all need to take an active role in ensuring the best interests of our athletes and the organizations are represented.  

Michael Valentine - OK

Competitive Sprint Canoe and Kayak in the United States is an emerging sport on the world stage.  We need to strengthen the American Canoe Association and its athletes and officials to be prepared to compete and work nationally and internationally.  I have six years of experience as certified Sprint Official at the local and national level, and have had the opportunity to work with international officials.  Looking forward to the 2028 Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles, we need to start now to build a strong foundation of certified and experienced officials, who can represent the US and ACA around the world.  This is an exciting time as the ACA takes its place as the National Governing Body for Sprint Canoe and Kayak.  I look forward to being a part of the new era for competitive canoe and kayak in the United States and internationally.

Olympians Association

 

Tamara Jenkins - WA

Hello! My name is Tamara Jenkins, Sydney 2000 Olympian and former President of the Southern California Olympians & Paralympians Alumni Association and former Associate Director Athlete Relations at Los Angeles 2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games. A bridge from the past to the future, I hope to represent athletes who have had the honor of representing the United States in Olympic and Paralympic Games competition as well as those with Olympic or Paralympic dreams. 

 

 

Whitewater Freestyle Nominees: 

 

Emily Jackson - TN

Because I want to ensure we represent freestyle kayaking in the best interest for the athletes and growth for the sport

Andrew Kuhlberg - CT

As the Director of the Jamie McEwan/New England Whitewater Triple Crown, I've had the experience of organizing a complex, multi-faceted whitewater competition. Whitewater paddling needs re-invigoration and new energy to attract more paddlers, especially youthful boaters and their parents. Of all the whitewater disciplines (wildwater, slalom, and freestyle), freestyle competition excites the spectators and gets then to say, I wish I could do that On the competitive level, it is necessary to specialize into specific disciplines, but for the rest of us, Paddlesport succeeds when we all simply call ourselves boaters, not C-1, K-1, Freestyle, Slalom, and every other variation. No sport provides greater life affirming joy and skills than whitewater boating, Freestyle is the marquee discipline best positioned to help grow the sport for all. I hope to use my experience with organizing the Jamie McEwan Whitewater Triple Crown to grow whitewater freestyle and all whitewater paddling.

Ned Poffenberger - VA

I am currently a member of the US Freestyle Committee and the ICF Freestyle Committee. I am interested in being nominated to be re-elected to the US Freestyle Committee. Thanks.

Paula Saaf - CT

I attended the World Freestyle Competition in San Juan this year.  Rumor had it that this was the first time several of the judges had actually judged live competition.  This should not happen at a "worlds" event but unfortunately not many paddlers judge and of those fewer were available to judge the Worlds event this year.  This was a huge indication of how many paddlers are not actually involved in the competition side of their sports. I want to be involved in the competition side of whitewater sports.     

Risa Shimoda - MD

A lifetime member of the ACA and long time competitor and event organizer, I seek to provide as many high quality opportunities to learn the excitement and fun of competitive freestyle paddling. I also seek to help integrate freestyle competition with other whitewater events to grow our national competitive footprint among our publics and improve the related opportunities for sponsorship.

Clay Wright - TN

Because I've spent 30 years in this sport and want to pass it on funner and stronger than ever

Stephen Wright - TN

I'm interested in continuing to help Freestyle Kayaking in the USA.  I've been on the Freestyle Committee for more than 10 years and have enjoyed helping the community.

 

Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver (WWOCD) Nominees: 

 

Keith Havens - TN

I have been involved with WWOCD for over 40 years as a competitor, and for many years as a WWOCD Committee member. I would like to continue to help promote Whitewater Downriver Open Canoeing and to help steer (pun intended) Open Canoe  racing into this exciting new era of ACA Competitive Paddlesports.

Nate Lord - CO

I want to grow our life time sport and create a broad competitive base for our national and international athletes.  I am passionate about junior development.

Lynne McDuffie - NC

I am interested in continuing to promote the sport of Down River Open boat racing

William McDuffie - NC

As a long time member of the WWOC-DR Committee and competitor in open canoe whitewater racing I would like to continue to support this activity any way that I can.

Jeff Owen - ME

I would like to continue working diligently at the national level to promote whitewater downriver racing, recruit and support youth athletes, and help the USA produce athletes who are competitive at the international level.

Paula Saaf - CT

I attended the World Freestyle Competition in San Juan this year.  Rumor had it that this was the first time several of the judges had actually judged live competition.  This should not happen at a "worlds" event but unfortunately not many paddlers judge and of those fewer were available to judge the Worlds event this year.  This was a huge indication of how many paddlers are not actually involved in the competition side of their sports. I want to be involved in the competition side of whitewater sports.     

Ed Sharp - VA

I have been a participant and supporter of open canoeing (particularly whitewater open canoeing) for  most of my adult life and I plan to continue this activity. I wish I had started paddling earlier in life and I would like to see more youth  activity in this particular aspect of paddlesport. 

Cara Spencer - CO

I was previously on the committee and wish to continue

 

Whitewater Open Canoe Slalom Nominees: 

 

Michael Cook - NY

Incumbent Chairman of OCS Committee I would be happy to continue to serve as chairman of the Open Canoe Slalom Committee as well as coordinate with other ACA disciplines.

Nate Lord - CO

I want to grow our life time sport and create a broad competitive base for our national and international athletes.  I am passionate about junior development.

Paula Saaf - CT

I attended the World Freestyle Competition in San Juan this year.  Rumor had it that this was the first time several of the judges had actually judged live competition.  This should not happen at a "worlds" event but unfortunately not many paddlers judge and of those fewer were available to judge the Worlds event this year.  This was a huge indication of how many paddlers are not actually involved in the competition side of their sports. I want to be involved in the competition side of whitewater sports.     

 

Wildwater Nominees: 

 

Alessia Faverio - NC

I am interested in running for the Wildwater Committee because I am an active athlete in the sport currently. This makes me invested in the current state of wildwater in the US. I am also interested in creating a foundation  for the future of wildwater in our country. 

Nate Lord - CO

I want to grow our life time sport and create a broad competitive base for our national and international athletes.  I am passionate about junior development.

Jeff Owen - ME

I would like to continue working diligently at the national level to promote whitewater downriver racing, recruit and support youth athletes, and help the USA produce athletes who are competitive at the international level.

Doug Ritchie - WA

 

 

Harriet Rollins - TN

Since USACK is no longer in existence and the ACA is now the national governing body for paddle sports, I would like to have my input, as an athlete, be heard on the competition council.  I believe my input as a multi-disciplinary paddler and college student could be valuable to the ACA Competition Council.

Paula Saaf - CT

I attended the World Freestyle Competition in San Juan this year.  Rumor had it that this was the first time several of the judges had actually judged live competition.  This should not happen at a "worlds" event but unfortunately not many paddlers judge and of those fewer were available to judge the Worlds event this year.  This was a huge indication of how many paddlers are not actually involved in the competition side of their sports. I want to be involved in the competition side of whitewater sports.     

 

Tom Wier - WA

 

Location: Washington State

Competition experience: Member US Wildwater Team 1997-2012; 9 time national C-1 Champion

Committee Experience: Athlete Rep on USACK Wildwater Committee 2002-2014; Chairman USACK wildwater Committee 2014-2017.

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