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International Whitewater

Hall of Fame & Museum

International Whitewater Hall of Fame 2006

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2006 Nominees

Inaugural Induction Ceremony October 14, 2005

 

September 23, 2005

 

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame and Museum recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant accomplishments in and contributions to whitewater related activities.  The following inductees are being honored in the outlined categories:

  

Pioneer

Bob McNair: Massachusetts -- wrote THE manual for basic river canoeing techniques; instrumental in forming American Whitewater Affiliation uniting clubs across America; key proponent for forming American Canoe Association Slalom Committee.

  

Explorer

Rob Lesser: Boise, Idaho -- set the standard for exploratory kayaking on big, Class V, water; first to run the Grand Canyon of the Stikine in Northern Canada, the North Fork of the Payette; several first descents on difficult rivers in U.S. and Canada.

  

Champions

Davey Hearn: Bethesda, Maryland -- two time World Champion gold medalist in single canoe (C-1), six times team gold, and eight times a silver medalist; dominating force in canoe slalom producing paddling techniques and boat design innovations over a 26 year competitive career; holder of Top 10 Sportsman of the Year award by U.S. Olympic Committee.

  

Jon Lugbill: Richmond, Virginia -- only athlete in history to have won 12 World Championship gold medals; recognized as best paddler ever in whitewater canoeing (C-1) competition; NBC commentator in two Olympics; winner of Wheaties "Search for Champions", U.S. Olympic Top 10 Sportsman of the Year and several other national awards.

  

Advocate

Payson Kennedy: Wesser, North Carolina -- co-founded Nantahala Outdoor Center built it into the largest outdoor/education/training center in the world -- won six National Championships in two-man canoe (C-2); ardent supporter of slalom and wildwater racing helping to produce several U.S. Olympic racers.

  

Charlie Walbridge: Bruceton Mills, West Virginia -- work in whitewater safety and rescue saved countless lives and is known and imitated worldwide -- numerous accomplishments and contributions including safety/rescue devices, speaking engagements and publications over 40 year active participation -- many National honors.

  

Life Time Achievement Award

Established and sponsored by the Adventure Sports Center International Board of Directors was awarded this year to Bill Endicott in recognition and honor for his outstanding and substantial life-long contributions to whitewater sports and related activities nationally and internationally.

  

Bill Endicott: Bethesda, Maryland -- US Whitewater Team Coach for 16 years; vastly influenced whitewater slalom in the US and Internationally for 30 years; coached athletes who won 57 medals in World Championship, World Cup, and Olympic competitions, 27 of them gold; co-created the Canoe Slalom World Cup held on at least two continents every year since 1988; authored five books on whitewater and racing.

 

For more information on the International Whitewater Hall of Fame in Western Maryland please visit www.adventuresportscenter.com

 

In the News...

 

Profile of whitewater paddling legend Rob Lesser Doug Ammons Oct. 30, 2005

Whitewater pioneer Payson Kennedy makes WNC proud Citizen-Times Oct. 14, 2005

International Hall of Fame To Induct 3 Area Paddlers Washington Post Oct. 13, 2005

Worlds Only International Whitewater Hall of Fame Names Inductees Yahoo Oct. 13, 2005

Rob Lesser Idaho kayaker honored by peers Idaho Mountain Express Oct. 12, 2005

Payson Kennedy honored with spot in whitewater hall Citizen-Times.com Oct. 12, 2005

Whitewater Pioneers & Champions Named Parade Marshals Deep Creek Times Sept. 30, 2005

1st Class International Whitewater Hall of Fame Outdoor Newswire September 24, 2005
Whitewater Giants Honored Canoe & Kayak September 23, 2005

For Jon Lugbill, another honor in whitewater Times Dispatch Sept. 23, 2005

'The dean of Idaho whitewater' leads pack into hall of fame Idaho Statesman Sept. 23, 2005

Whitewater's Best Named To Inaugural Hall Of Fame Class Deep Creek Hospitality Sept. 22, 2005
Whitewater Hall of Fame inductees to be honored AP story Sept. 22, 2005

Inductees International Whitewater Hall of Fame Adventure Sports Center International 2005

Profile on Charlie Walbridge: THE Whitewater Safety Expert Kayak Session September 2005

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Sept. 12, 2005 - Voting concludes for the International Whitewater Hall of Fame. The Whitewater Hall of Fame Inductees are announced at the Gauley Festival on Friday, September 23rd.

Here's a look at the IWHOF Ballot:

 

(1) Pioneer:

Walt Blackadar

Bart Hauthaway

Bob McNair

 

(2) Champion:

Dana Chladek
Eric Evans
Cathy Hearn
Davey Hearn
Jon Lugbill
Jamie McEwan

 

(2) Advocate:

David Brower
Marge Cline
Tom Johnson
Payson Kennedy
William Nealy
Charlie Walbridge

 

(1) Explorer:

Rob Lesser
Tom McEwan
John Wesley Powell

   

These are all excellent IWHOF candidates and selecting only a few of these great contributors will be very challenging for the group of 45 whitewater electorates.  Good luck to all!

Announcement of Inductees to the International Whitewater Hall of Fame
The Whitewater Hall of Fame and Museum to be located at the Adventure Sports Center International will recognize and honor those individuals who have made significant accomplishments in and contributions to whitewater paddling sports. The history, development and major achievements made in these sports will be depicted through displays of related equipment, art, mementos, etc.

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Thank you for sending in your USA Whitewater Racing Nominations for the new Adventure Sports Center International Whitewater Hall of Fame in Western, Maryland!  USA Whitewater Slalom's Hall of Fame Committee on behalf of USA Canoe Kayak has nominated twelve outstanding whitewater racing contributors in three of the four IWHOF categories noted below.

 

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame includes paddlers of all whitewater activities around the globe.

   

"Nominations for consideration for selection to the Whitewater Hall of Fame are for individuals having participated in or, otherwise, contributed to human powered whitewater sports pertaining to canoeing, kayaking, and rafting.

  

The Whitewater Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor those individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in, or made significant contributions to whitewater sports nationally and internationally.  The Hall of Fame was founded in 2003 as a part of the Whitewater Hall of Fame and Museum located at the Adventure Sports Center International on Marsh Mountain in McHenry, Maryland."

 The Four IWHOF Categories

http://www.adventuresportscenter.com/IWHOF/categories.htm

 

PIONEER - First or among the earliest to significantly contribute to leading the way for any whitewater related activity. Demonstrated integrity, sportsmanship, and character in participating in whitewater activities. No longer living. 

 

USACK 2005 Nominees: 

Bart Hauthaway, Bob McNair

 

        CHAMPION - An athlete or coach who has been active in whitewater competitions for at least five (5) years. Distinguished record of achievement at the highest levels in his or her area of competitive whitewater sports. Demonstrated integrity, sportsmanship, and character in participating in and representing the sport.  Living or deceased.

 

       USACK 2005 Nominees: 

       Dana Chladek, Cathy Hearn, Davey Hearn, Jon Lugbill, Jamie McEwan, Scott Shipley

  

        ADVOCATE - Has made outstanding contributions to furthering whitewater activities.  May include grassroots activism, environmental stewardship, ensuring river access, innovative manufacturing or course design/development. Performed in a leading role in serving the whitewater community for at least the past 20 years.  Has a record of serving the whitewater community with special distinction.  Demonstrated integrity, sportsmanship, and character while participating in whitewater activities.  Living or deceased.

  

        USACK 2005 Nominees: 

        Bill Endicott, Tom Johnson, Payson Kennedy, Dave Kurtz

 

        EXPLORER - Has engaged in extensive exploration and investigation of unknown regions and areas of whitewater activity. A surveyor, voyager, or traveler that has exemplified superior feats in previously unchallenged water. Achieved outstanding accomplishments and recognition in exploration activities. Demonstrated integrity, sportsmanship, and character while participating in whitewater activities. Living or deceased.

   

The nomination deadline for the first induction group of IWHOF was May 31, 2005 for all Affiliate Organizations http://www.adventuresportscenter.com/IWHOF/affiliates.htm 

The maximum nominations per category by an Affiliate was six.  Nominees who are included in the ballot but are not inducted will be carried over into the next year. According to the IWHOF,  the "screening process will move forward this summer, with voting in August and inductions in the Fall of 2005".

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