Jez accepting the bronze medal in the World OC1 ChampionshipsJez accepting the bronze medal in the World OC1 Championships

Congratulations to both Jez" and LiLi in their representation of Australia in the finals of the World Championships hosted at the Nantahala River.

(l to r) Chip - Atlanta, GA, Spencer - Richmond, VA, Baird - Charlotte, NC, Charlie - Sandersville, GA(l to r) Chip - Atlanta, GA, Spencer - Richmond, VA, Baird - Charlotte, NC, Charlie - Sandersville, GA

Marisa and Yates were thrilled to see so many Falling Creek campers and their families, as well as FCC staff at the finals on Sunday. They came from more than five different states to be a part of the big events. You guys are awesome! Jez and LiLi remarked that it was like paddling in front of your own home crowd.

(l to r) Charlie - Atlanta, GA, Davis - Birmingham, AL, LiLi, Yates & Marisa Pharr(l to r) Charlie - Atlanta, GA, Davis - Birmingham, AL, LiLi, Yates & Marisa Pharr
Thomas - Kernersville, NC and Spencer - Richmond, VAThomas - Kernersville, NC and Spencer - Richmond, VA

Jez said later that day “Probably the most amazing summer of my life. Got to be a part of getting a bunch of kids fired up on boating, trips to east TN, an expedition trip to Costa Rica, and the most exciting World Championships ever with my friends cheering me on, full circle competing on the same rivers I learnt on, with a podium finish as well! Nothing could top this summer, my life is fantastic.”

Yates, Jez, and LiLi enjoying the celebrationYates, Jez, and LiLi enjoying the celebration
Claire O'hara takes Gold again!Claire O'hara takes Gold again!

Congratulations go out as well to Claire O’hara who maintained her position as world K-1 Champion, as well as winning the women’s squirt boating category.