About 90 paddling enthusiasts ranging in age from 7 to 69 gathered at the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus Saturday, Sept. 10, for the seventh annual Cullowhee Canoe Slalom.
The event was held on a calm section of the river at the Locust Creek Access Point and the new Jackson County Greenway bridge. Paddlers were timed as they negotiated a series of eight gates. “It was a great community event with lots of action and enthusiasm,” said Maurice Phipps, WCU professor of parks and recreation management, and event coordinator. “There was lots of support from the bank as paddlers raced through the course.”
The event was organized through WCU’s Parks and Recreation Management Program and sponsored by Base Camp Cullowhee, the university’s outdoor programming unit, and the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor, also known as CuRvE. Proceeds will go into the PRM Scholarship Fund.
Door prizes were provided by LiquidLogic, Green River Adventures and Landmark Learning. “We would like to thank the student volunteers, the sponsors and donors, as well as Jackson County Parks and Recreation for the use of the greenway for the event,” Phipps said.
A photo gallery from the event is viewable online.
Winners of competition divisions are:
Double open canoe – First, Todd and Therese Murdock; second, Griffin and Todd Murdock; third, Dana and Ami Bobilya.
Men’s single kayak – First, Michael Ferraro; second, Dana Bobilya; third, Todd Murdock.
Kids’ kayak – First, Eli Bobilya; second, Lilyanne Bobilya.
Women’s kayak – First, Jamy Suminski; second, Krista La Plante; third, Skyler Singleton.
Single open canoe – First, Glen Middleton; second, Sam Fowlkes; third, Erich Carpenter.
Stand-up paddleboard – First, Mark Singleton; second, Caitlin Hines; third, Andrew Bobilya.
Parent-kids’ canoe – First, Andrew, Kirsten, Lilyanne and Anika Bobilya; second, Dana, Eli, Ami and Lia Bobilya.