October 19, 2004 -- Bryson City, NC
The International Canoe Federation has just announced that in 2005 and 2006 Masters
and Seniors Championship competitions will be held in conjunction with the Pre-World
and World Championships on the Tryweryn River in Bala, Wales.
This exciting news comes in the wake of the ICF also announcing that 2005 will be
an "International Development Year" for the sport of wildwater, and as a result all
2005 World Cups, including the Pre-World Championships, will be held on rivers that
are somewhat easier than in years past. 2005 World Cups will be held on the Trent
River in Nottingham, UK, the Washburn River in Yorkshire, UK, the Shannon River near
Limerick, Ireland and on the Tryweryn River in Bala, Wales.
In 2005 masters and seniors competition categories will be 35-45, 45-55 and there is
potential for a 55+ category, although the ICF has yet to make a final ruling on this\
last age bracket. In 2006 these same age groups will race in the first ever Masters
World Championships, which will be part of the World Championships competition schedule
in Bala, Wales.
John Pinyerd, the USACK's Wildwater Committee Chairman and a masters himself said,
"I am genuinely excited about racing in Bala again. The Tryweryn was always one of
my favorite rivers when I was racing at the international level. I'm pumped to head
back there and catch up with some of my old racer friends. Perhaps some of them are
fat and out of shape now. Heck, I might even whoop up on a few of them at the race!"
There will be no selection procedure if you want to race in one of these master or
senior events in 2005, although you are encouraged to participate in the 2005 Team
Trials as a warm up. Details concerning 2005 Team Trials will be posted on
www.usawildwater.com. in the coming month,
but the event has already been awarded to the Nantahala Racing Club. By competing at
the USA Team Trials, there is potential for a master or senior athlete filling a
position on the National Team, so they would get to race in the World Cups, Pre-World
Championships and Masters Championships.
If you are a masters wildwater athlete that wishes to participate at the 2005 Masters
Championships or at the 2006 Masters World Championships, or simply have questions,
please contact John Pinyerd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Hipgrave is Tresurer of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and a K-1
Wildwater racer living near Bryson City, NC. You can reach him at