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.

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