OCTOBER 17, 2012 -- USA Canoe/Kayak names Karla Westcott as its liaison to the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Deep Creek, Maryland.
The volunteer position was created to facilitate communication between USA Canoe/Kayak and the Deep Creek 2014 host organizing committee.
Westcott brings with her strong relationships within the international slalom community gained while serving as competition manager for the 2012 ICF Junior/Under-23 Slalom World Championships in Wausau, Wis., July 11-15 and as section judge for whitewater slalom at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Joe Jacobi, USA Canoe/Kayak CEO: “We are honored to have Karla's experience, network and passion for the sport working on behalf of USA Canoe/Kayak's interests in the 2014 World Championships in Maryland. She is a respected partner in the international community and has already proven to be an invaluable resource to the Deep Creek 2014 Host Organizing Community. We are grateful for Karla's continued service to the sport.”
The world’s best whitewater paddlers will descend upon Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) on Deep Creek in McHenry, Md., September 16-21, 2014. Deep Creek was selected to host the event by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) on April 15, 2012 over bids by Vienna, Austria and Krakow, Poland.
Visit http://www.deepcreek2014.com/ for more information.
Karla Westcott: "It is an honor to represent USA Canoe/Kayak and be a mentor to the 2014 Worlds. I look forward to sharing my experience and working with the host organizing committee at ASCI to see yet another successful World Championships be presented to the World by USA Canoe/Kayak and its partners."
Westcott will represent and communicate the strategic interests of USA Canoe/Kayak at the 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships, including the successful execution of the event. She will ensure the event’s alignment with the longer-term goals of USA Canoe/Kayak to serve and support the National Slalom Program, grow the base of the sport and expand opportunities to partner with the International Canoe Federation.
Westcott will also support USA Canoe/Kayak’s interest in the long-term sustainability of the Adventure Sports Center International, host venue of the 2014 World Championships. The event will mark the 25th anniversary of the 1989 World Championships, which was held in the same county. The 1989 World Championships attracted more than 600 competitors representing 26 nations and more than 40,000 spectators.
Westcott will represent USA Canoe/Kayak at other national events that take place at the Adventure Sports Center International prior to the 2014 World Championships, including a test event in May 2013.
USA Canoe/Kayak is a non-profit membership organization based in Oklahoma City, OK, promoting canoe and kayak racing in the United States. A member of the United States Olympic Committee, USA Canoe/Kayak is the national governing body for the Olympic sports of Flatwater Sprint and Whitewater Slalom and the official U.S. federation of the International Canoe Federation. Other paddling sports sanctioned by USACanoe/Kayak include Marathon, Freestyle, Wildwater, Stand Up Paddleboard, Canoe Polo, Canoe Sailing, Outrigger, and Dragon Boat. For more information about USA Canoe/Kayak, please visit us on the web at www.usack.org, on Twitter at @usacanoekayak and Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/USACanoeKayak.