A group on
was established to facilitate the development of whitewater slalom racing in the
Please join and share
your thoughts and ideas for positive change at
Forum to discuss whitewater canoe and
kayak slalom, development of the sport, the club system, organizational
The focus of this forum is to discuss concepts related to whitewater
slalom development, as well as ideas, tactics and strategies to advance
the sport, news items, technical information, etc.
Shameless self promotion is encouraged when it is aligned with the
forums other goals.
Allen Mayers, way
back in October 2003:
Countless great ideas
have circulated in the U.S. slalom community recently.
I established this forum because I could not find a
repository of ideas for the sport.
Much ground has been gained recently in establishing
coaching that now spans most of the country, the
Junior Olympic program, getting water turned back on
at the 1996 Olympic site, development of current and future elite level athletes
and much more.
Our sport has a wealth of smart,
motivated people. If we establish a unified set of
goals, that all can agree to, a strategic plan for slalom development in
emerge. With such a plan, all of us can grab a piece
or two that most interests us, and the sky will
be the limit.
My personal (incomplete) view of a potential goal
list would start out like:
Better funding for U.S. Team athletes
with a reasonable criteria
* Development of Junior program
* Further development of race series, from elite
down to citizen level
* Increased participation - critical mass
* New Sponsorship
* Maintenance of training sites and race venues
* Improved Training resources
* Establishment of a video library of top level
racing technique, accessible to all (DVD
* Volunteer recognition and development
* New race venues
hear your ideas for development and positive change!