AORE Partner News February 2015 - Page 5

Blackwood said, “I feel like I’m the first grandchild of two great and influential families -- and there are high expectations. We want to create a fun and enjoyable path for anyone with an interest in paddling. Having the recreational and elite competition disciplines under a single leadership creates opportunities to build a pipeline of generations of great paddlers.” Blackwood also mentioned, “Paddling is a healthy outdoor activity and many of the great elite paddlers started by enjoying a family canoe trip or having a great summer camp experience learning to kayak.” Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is in the process of building a $42.5 million whitewater paddling course and will host the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for both slalom and sprint. Under this leadership model the future of Olympic paddlesports looks bright. "Re-uniting the family of paddlers is a good thing. It's about time!" said Frank Havens (age 90) 1952 Olympic Gold Medalist. Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation. The ACA has over 30,000 members at both an individual and organizational level and sponsors over 4,300 events each year, including 200 races. The ACA education program has an annual estimated outreach of 800,000 people. For more information, please ACA Launches New Online Paddlesports Career Center The ACA Career Center will be expanding its services to create a onestop-shop for individuals searching for paddlesport related jobs. We encourage all employers in the outdoor recreation and conservation industries to upload job postings (full-time, part-time, seasonal, internship, and volunteer) to the new ACA Career Center website. The ACA will also promote Paddlesport Jobs through social media and our monthly eNewsletter. Please visit for more details. Job postings range from $10-$40, and all proceeds will support the ACA Stewardship Department’s Stream to Sea Initiative.