May 21, 2001 -- Bala, Wales
For months now, there has been speculation that the Wildwater Junior Pre-World Championships near the Welsh town of Bala was to be
cancelled due to foot & mouth disease sweeping the United Kingdom.
The epidemic has resulted in thousands of cattle being slaughtered, farmer suicides, and the government effectively discouraging all
tourism. Every sporting event was in peril of being cancelled, including the Wildwater Junior Pre-World Championships.
Following discussions between the British Canoe Union, Welsh Canoeing Association, landowners, farmers and local townspeople;
all are now are behind the event moving ahead and the organizers are now in the process of pulling together a full program of racing
on the River Tryweryn. This follows a British Government announcement that the Foot & Mouth problem was finally under control.
The event is expected to be a low-key affair, as far as the protocol and hospitality is concerned, and all efforts at this late stage
are going into making this the best learning experience possible for the Junior Teams preparing for the 2002 Junior World Championships
to be held at the same location.
The 2001 Junior Wildwater Team:
Joe Barkley (NC), Bronze Medalist, 2000 Junior Worlds
Tyler Dyer (AL)>
Patrick Mason (CO)
Clay Wilder (AL)
Shannon Reeves (VA), 2000 Team member
Beth Karp (MD) - 2000 Team
Lindsay Burr (CO)
Zuzana Vanha, 2000 Team member, declined 2001
Eleanor Perry, 2000 Team member, declined 2001
Kathryn Dyer, declined 2001
Chris Davis (NC)
David Moore (CO), Bronze Medalist, 2000 Junior Worlds
We wish these outstanding athletes the best of luck.