October 2, 2001

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Dear Wildwater Racers and Friends:

After a very difficult September for our nation, many Americans return to routine life activities to regain a sense of normalcy amidst incredible loss. We as athletes can take comfort in our own training routines--more sacrosanct to us than any suicide terrorist pact. For those who have lost loved ones and friends, we are thinking of you.

We can bring comfort next spring when we return to the World Championships, as we remember that our role as athlete-ambassadors is perhaps even more important than our performance on the river. I hope we train not with anger or sadness in these months leading up to the race, but for hope of making the team to be a part of the highest possible calling of sport: to improve international understanding and friendship.

And there is good news to report, too. We have a great new Website with expanded resources and a new USACK Wildwater Committee to elect. Write back with your nominees soon!

Michael Beavers

And now for the latest headlines:

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2001-03 USACK Wildwater Committee
The current Wildwater Committee is at the end of its term! It is time for some fresh faces and ideas as we enter into an important development period for Wildwater racing in the U.S.
The full nomination process...

Outgoing USACK Wildwater Chairman Reflects on Progress Over Term
Overdorf's committee brought increases in junior athlete participation, training camps and the total number of races held nationwide.
The full nomination process...

2001 "Animal" Upper Gauley Race Lives Up to Hairy Appellation
1st place Wildwater athletes Andrew McEwan and Chara O'Brien reel in hefty US $1000.00 purses and major coverage on the Outdoor Life Network.
The full nomination process...