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Olympic & Paralympic National Governing Body - Vote!

Thursday, September 21, 2017  
Posted by: Chris Stec
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The ACA Board of Directors is recommending to the membership that the ACA bylaws be revised to comply with certain requirements from the U.S. Olympic Committee(USOC) and the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.  These revisions should allow the ACA to comply with the requirements to become the National Governing Body(NGB) for the Olympic sports of Slalom and Sprint and the Paralympic sport of Paracanoe in the United States as recognized by the USOC and the International Canoe Federation(ICF).



"It is wonderful to see the sport brought back together. Reconnecting the base, and heart, of the sport with those who have a passion to pursue Olympic dreams can only lead to a richer future for all."  Norman Bellingham, 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist, former Chief Operating Officer for the United States Olympic Committee.
"As an organization that works with the Nation's youth as well as veterans and engages all aspects of paddling from elite skills to grassroots local communities, the ACA is well suited to assume the role of National Governing Body for canoeing."  Robert Gates, former United States Secretary of Defense, former National President of the Boy Scouts of America.
“It is exciting for those of us in the outrigger paddling community to see the American Canoe Association bring together the paddling ‘ohana to help empower paddlers of all skills to achieve their athletic potential and  possibly even compete on the Olympic and World stage.”   Bruce Blankenfeld, Pwo navigator on the Hōkūle‘a, President of the Hui Nalu Canoe Club.


As an ACA Instructor Trainer Educator and producer of paddling instruction videos, it is extremely rewarding to teach young people paddling skills and especially exciting that the ACA instructor corps can play a role in discovering the next generation of Olympians."  Kent Ford, producer of Performance Video, SEIC Instructor Trainer Educator, Slalom National & World Champion, Inductee in the International Whitewater Hall of Fame, ACA Legend of Paddling.
“It’s about time.”  Frank Havens, 1948 Silver Medalist, 1952 Gold Medalist.



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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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