At the US Open Team Trials
Qualifier in North Carolina March 26-27, USA Whitewater Slalom
announced the winners of the first annual Volunteer Awards. Receiving
recognition were eight individuals or groups who have made significant
contributions to slalom in recent years.
Endicott was recognized for his support of the National Team in 2004
(and before), with emphasis placed on his work as
Olympic Team Manager. His ability to organize and facilitate whatever was
necessary earned him the thanks of athletes and coaches alike. Furthermore,
he is respected greatly for his many years of giving to the sport in every
way imaginable, from
coaching to documenting its history.
For their assistance with
coaching and organizing the trip for the
2004 Junior National Team,
Bert Hinkley and Danni Hinkley received accolades. Junior athletes
greatly appreciated the dedication and support shown by Bert and Danni last
Tim Rogers and Roger Perrin
were recognized for their contribution to slalom in the South through their
involvement with the
Cup. This series of races in
Alabama draws whitewater slalom
enthusiasts from all over the South, including many members of our
current Junior and Senior National Teams.
In the Southwest,
Ben Kvanli and
Michelle Clements have been promoting slalom by holding kids camps,
organizing races, and heading the
Red River Racing Team. They received recognition for their enthusiasm
and dedication for promoting the sport in Texas.
The regional volunteer award
for the West went to the group of Patti LeVeque, Mary Wilkening and Jesse
Perales of Southern California. Their involvement with the
Kern River Alliance focuses on
introducing kids to the sport, organizing races, and river cleanup.
Bill Constable received the
award for his many years of involvement with slalom. From board member to
race chairman, he has been a dependable and capable resource.
In the Mid-Atlantic region,
thanks went to Renata and Jonathan Altman who, after retiring from
competition, dedicated their time and expertise on numerous occasions.
They posted split times for all
competitors at Team Trials, helped out with technological challenges, and
supported the National Team at international competitions.
Keech and Ann LeClair
have long been involved in the promotion and development of whitewater
slalom racing in the Northeast, which earned them the volunteer award in
this region. They are both accomplished paddlers, race organizers and canoe
instructors and avid supporters of the sport.
Ann and I want thank the
USACK, it's officials and all those who were involved in the process that
ended with our being recognized with one of the USACK's annual Volunteer
Awards for the Northeast Region for 2005.
~ Keech T. LeClair
USA Whitewater Slalom will
present the Meritorious Service Award, for ten or
more years of outstanding service, at the US National Championships on
August 28th on the Kern River, Miracle Hot Springs in Bakersfield,
California. Nominations accepted through May
31, 2005 and should include a description of the individual's work
within the sport of whitewater slalom. Please send nominations to