Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Volunteer of the Year - Ivan Bartha!

"In reality, I have been lucky as a professional outdoor educator which is largely due to the people who have taken the time to help me be a better paddler and instructor. There is no way I can take any credit without thanking the IT's & ITE's who have taken me on as a student, assistant or co-instructor.” --Ivan Bartha 

Over the past year, Ivan Bartha has set the bar for what it means to volunteer on behalf of the ACA and paddlesports. It was an honor to present him with the prestigious Joe Pina Volunteer of the Year award at this year's ACA National Awards ceremony. 

Thank you, Ivan, for always going the extra mile for the ACA and paddlesports. And congratulations on your award!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Excellence in Instruction Award - Marcel Bieg

Last night at our Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony, the ACA presented Marcel Bieg with the 2014 Excellence in Instruction Award for his outstanding contribution to paddlesports education and instruction.

Marcel is currently a very active paddlesports Instructor in four different ACA disciplines. In addition, he recently received the Adaptive Paddling Endorsement. 

Over the past two years, Marcel has volunteered a significant amount of his time, energy, and expertise to lead the SEIC’s Rafting Discipline Committee in a complete overhaul of the entire ACA Rafting program. Besides updating the curriculum, Marcel was also instrumental in organizing and leading the roll out of the revised ACA program at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC, as well as mentoring other Rafting Trainers on the west coast.

Read more about Marcel's accomplishments here

Friday, September 12, 2014

State Director Executive Council Nominations - Now Open

The new ACA State Director Program is designed to improve communication between paddlers and the ACA. The State Directors help the ACA increase its effectiveness at the state and local level through numerous Education, Stewardship, Exploration, and Competition initiatives. Each State Director will be supported by an Executive Council in these efforts.

Nominations are currently being accepted for State Executive Council positions. If you would like to help the ACA increase its connection with paddlers at a state and local level, please feel free to nominate yourself, or nominate someone else who you feel would be a good fit. 

Nominations will be accepted until September 19, 2014. Elections will follow in October. 

Check your email for the link to your state's specific nomination form. 

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Ellis, ACA State Director Coordinator, at aellis@americancanoe.org.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Honoring & Remembering

Today, the ACA pauses to honor and remember the nearly 3,000 victims who tragically lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks 13 years ago. 

To all those who lost loved ones, our thoughts are with you today.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New ACA Staff Member

Please join us in welcoming Zane Havens to the ACA National Office Staff.

Zane is excited to join the ACA staff, as canoeing is a big part of his heritage. Several members of Zane’s family have been Olympic canoeists, and his great-uncle Frank is the only American to win an Olympic gold medal in solo sprint canoeing. 

Zane was raised in Michigan. He graduated Cum Laude from Albion College in Michigan with a degree in Earth Science, a minor in GIS, and a concentration in Environmental Science. At Albion College, Zane was Captain of the Swim and Dive Team, President of the Albion College Canoe Club, and National Collegiate Canoeing Champion.

After obtaining his degree from Albion College, Zane worked as a Hydrologist and GIS Technician for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado, where he studied the surface and groundwater hydrology of the North Fruita Desert. Zane left Colorado and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to train as a crew member for the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Worldwide Voyage, a program that will take the famous Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a around the world to promote the preservation and celebration of traditional Polynesian culture, as well as environmental consciousness. He looks forward to participating in one of the legs on the 3 year voyage. 

Zane is an avid canoeist and triathlete, having won numerous National Championships in ACA Whitewater/Downriver competition and placing first at the Outdoorsman Triathlon, the nation’s oldest continuing triathlon. In addition, Zane has been awarded both the Carnegie Hero Award and the Red Cross Certificate of Merit for his role in saving the lives of a couple caught in a rip tide in Hawaii. Zane is enthusiastic about working for the ACA and promoting stewardship of America's waterways.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Paddling Season Isn't Over Yet...

The North Carolina Paddle Festival is happening September 18-21. Come out and enjoy a day of fun for the whole family, including:
  • Paddle tours, workshops, and demos
  • Pirate Paddle and Mullet Cup races
  • Kayak and paddleboard vendors 
  • Reel Paddling Film Festival 
  • Build-a-Boat Challenge for Kids
  • Duckling Float- kids will get to paddle a kayak!
  • and more
Register today and we'll see you there!

Legend of Paddling Award - Harry Rock

Please join us in congratulating Harry Rock, winner of the 2014 Legend of Paddling Award!

Learn more about Harry's lifelong contributions to paddlesports here

Each year, as part of the ACA Annual Banquet, a series of prestigious national awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, service, and dedication to paddlesports. 

This year's Annual Banquet will be held as the kick-off event to the ACA Adaptive Paddling Summit in September 2014! We hope to see you there. 

Stay tuned as we announce more winners of the 2014 ACA National Awards in the coming weeks.