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The ACA in partnership with Epic Kayaks are proud to present the 2018 Barton Bantams Program to all current Bantam ACA members. This program is designed to encourage bantam athletes to train hard and smart throughout the fall season so that they can learn the importance of spending quality training time on the water and fine tuning their technique. This program is named after Greg Barton who competed in three Summer Olympic Games  (1984, 1988, and 1992) where he accumulated four medals including 2 gold medals (K1-1000m, K2 1000m in 1988) and two bronze medals in K1 1000m (1984 and 1992). Greg is the epitome of what it means to be a true role model both in and out of the kayak. It is our hope that current and future ACA paddlers will follow in Greg’s footsteps by participating in this program.


There are five annual awards for which athletes can strive to achieve:

  • Bronze Award: Minimum of 200km
  • Silver Award: Minimum of 300km
  • Gold Award: Minimum of 400km
  • Platinum Award: Minimum of 600km in kayak or 500km in canoe.
    • *Athletes must be eligible for the Bantam U14 National Classification in that calendar year – 2018
  • IRON Award (Pre-bantam): 100km


Athletes accumulate the kilometers under the guidance of a club coach or a club volunteer during training sessions.


Athletes will tally their kilometers over a six week period between September 1 and December 31, 2018.


Each athlete achieving one of the awards mentioned above will receive a Barton Bantams recognition t-shirt respective to their level of achievement, an American Canoe Association certificate of completion signed by Greg Barton, and will have their name listed on the American Canoe Association website. All Platinum level athletes will receive an engraved plaque to be presented at the 2019 National Championships in Lake Lanier, GA.


Each athlete is allowed to paddle doubles to earn kilometers to the various levels with another eligible athlete of the same gender BUT is limited to only ONE double workout per week over the six week period (maximum of 6 workouts in a K2/C2). Each athlete will be allowed a total of ONE K4/C4 workout for the entirety of the six week period to earn eligible kilometers (maximum of 1 K4/C4 workout over 6 weeks)


Previous Barton Bantams:


Please Click Here to download the Tracking Sheet


Please fill out the online form below to submit the tracking sheet when you have completed all 6 weeks.


For additional information, please email Steve of BCKST.







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