Email your votes for as many positions as you care to cast. You must be
a current USACK member in good standing for your vote to count,
so please include your member number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current Wildwater Committee is at the end of its term! If you have not done so already, please also
read the article featuring outgoing Chair Scott Overdorf
offering his views on last term's successes and what the new committee will face.
Here are the committee positions, a brief explanation of duties (from the Bylaws), and nominee profiles.
The duties of the Chair shall be to prepare agendafor and to call and preside over meetings of
the WWC; to appointsubcommittees and represent and act in behalf of the committee between meetings of the WWC; to
assure the WWC selects an election officerfor committee elections administration in odd numbered years. The Chair
bears overall responsibility to set an annual agenda and to achieve the committee goals of advancing ongoing
instructional, competitive, and promotional programs; to act upon budget matters pertaining to WWC allocations in
absence of the Treasurer. The Chair is a voting member of the WWC.
An active Wildwater competitor in the eighties, David was instrumental in bringing slalom to Atlanta's 1996 Olympic
Games--and had attempted to bring Wildwater into the Olympic lineup. He has served as U.S.Team coach and has national
and international titles to his credit.He has been an administrator with summer camps where he broughtwhitewater
into the activity mix and recently chaired the boardof directors for a new school.
The duties of the Vice Chair shall be to preside over meetings of the WWC in absence of the Chair; to coordinate and
report the activities of subcommittees as directed by the Chair. The Vice Chair is a voting member of the WWC.
Chris Norbury has been particularly active this past year, having organized training camps co-organized the 2001
U.S. Team Trials at Tohickon Creek, PA with Ted Newton. He has also tirelessly compiled rankings for the past two
years and competed actively in the U.S. and Europe since the eighties, as well as coached junior and senior athletes
in several paddlesport disciplines.
David Mason is in the midst of his second four-year term an ICF Wildwater Committee, having served as chief judge
for the past several World Championships. He was a 21-year chair of the American Canoe Association's Dixie Division
and was the 1989 chairman of the American Canoe Association, the governing body during the joint Slalom and
Wildwater Worlds on the Savage River in Maryland. He has been an active host for officials visiting from other
nations. With Scott Overdorf in C-2, Mason and his partner were the lead U.S. team in 1989 and 1984, the same year
they were national champions.
The duties of the Treasurer shall be to collect cost information on WWC committee proposed
expenditures on equipment and/ or program activities for discussion among the WWC committee; to prepare a proposed
budget for the WWC each year to be submitted to the USACK Board of Directors for review and approval; to communicate
with the USACK National Office for discussion and approval of all disbursements from the WWC committee approved
allocation; to work with any subcommittee with assigned purposes of improving revenue or altering budgeting practicies
within the WWC; to communicate any revenue improvement activities to the USACK National Office. The Treasurer is
a voting member of the WWC.
An active member of the NOC-area racing community, Chris is an exceptional representative for Wildwater. He is
responsible for attracting and retaining juniors in the National circuit and has organized team trials, nationals
and club-level races in the Southeast. He is also the Southeast representative for Dagger, the world's largest cano
and kayak manufacturer. His career has enabled him to develop relationships with manufacturers and retail outlets
that may have a very large impact on marketing and financial assistance for Wildwater in the coming term.
The duties of the editor shall be to collect and publish information regarding programs,
training, competitons, and meetings organized by the WWC and those like activities of interest to the WWC membership;
collect racing results information and publication of wildwater competitor rankings twice annually.
Michael Beavers is currently the editor of the recently revamped USAWildwater.com. Since August, he has driven
subscriptions to the official U.S. Team site to several hundred interested paddlers, including parties from as far
away as France, Germany and Australia. He is regarded by USACK as the official news "point person" for the
sport of Wildwater and has developed international content trade agreements. He is a marketing and communications
consultant with media placements with such outlets as CNN, The New York Times, and various other daily city newspapers.
Events and Program Coordinator
The duties of the coordinator shall be to solicit information from all sources and provide facts
and opinions to the committee regarding site selections for WildWater competitions for US Wildwater Team Trials and
Wildwater National Championships; to provide information and coordinating activity pursuant to wildwater training,
development, instructional, coaching, and racing activities. The Program Coordinator is a voting member of the WWC.
Seth Eisner has been an active participant, coach and trainer for the sport of Wildwater in the U.S. Recently, he
held a well attended training camp on the Yough, attracting senior and junior athletes from across the nation. He
has also extended an offer to help build training plans with athletes that achieve results.
Western and Eastern Athlete Representatives
The athlete representative shall have participated in Wildwater National Championships within the past
two years, or have been a member of the US Wildwater Team within the past four years. g.2. One athlete representative
shall be elected from the eastern portion of the United States , a) inclusive of all states east of the Mississippi
River, and Minnesota, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas, and b) one representative from west of th
Mississippi River, excluding the specific states mentioned in part a) of this sentence. g.3. The duties of the
athlete representative shall be to communicate agenda items from the committee to the WWC affiliates in their
respective regions of the USA, and to gather collective information regarding input to committee affairs and programs
from the WWC affiliates upon WWC affairs.
Tom Weir is the nation's top canoeist and a student in Washington state. A lifelong western U.S. paddler who has
raced in Europe for several seasons, he has developed extensive relationships with paddling communities in the
Pacific Northwest and Colorado, his home state. He is a great communicator who will actively solicit the opinions of
the Western paddling constituency as he weighs in on committee decisions regarding training camps, races, and
international team qualifications.
Ted Newton has been kayaking since 1979 and Wildwater racing since 1986. He has attended 3 of the past 4 Nationals
and co-organized the 2001 US Wildwater Team Trials. His professional background includes founding and managing Lehigh
Rafting Rentals (in operation since 1989), directing the Ski Patrol at Jack Frost Ski Area from 1999 to present. Newton
says, "As Eastern Athlete Rep I believe I would do an exceptional job because I have excellent managerial skills,
am a very responsible person and, most importantly, would truly represent Eastern Wildwater athletes by listening to
and taking into consideration every Eastern athlete's opinion when making decisions on their behalf."
Long-time training partner and friend Andrew McEwan nominates Middy Tilghman because he will "well serve both his
country and his god" as the Eastern Athlete Representative. An excellent communicator, Tilghman has travelled
to Europe as both a junior and senior U.S. Team member and will bring international racing circuit experience to
bear on national committee decisions.
Team Manager (To be elected by voting committee Members)
The team manager shall be selected and appointed by the WWC elected Committee Members, at any time as
needed to fill the role of manager and team leader for the US Wildwater Team. h.1 The duties of the team manager shall
be to coordinate travel and lodging affairs for the US team during the periods of participation in International
Competition; to inform current team members of any information specific to thier participation as a team member in
competition, development, and promotional activities.
None named as of yet.