Hall of Fame & Museum
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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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
Here's a look at the IWHOF Ballot:
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!
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
The Four IWHOF Categories
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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