For Immediate Release
Contact: Stewart Carr
Lanier Canoe And Kayak Club combines it’s 2012 BBI Junior Olympic Championship with a Stand Up Paddle Board Race
New event at the Olympic Venue attracts stand up paddle
board athletes from all over the southeast
Gainesville, GA, September 7, 2012: As part of the 2012 Baron and Brothers International (BBI) Championship Race on September 29, 2012 at the Olympic Venue, Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club (LCKC) will be incorporating the first Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) race and Demo Day at the club. The address of the Olympic Venue is 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA.
The BBI Junior Olympic Program has approximately 125 kids that will compete at the championship race on September 29 with about 300 spectators cheering the kids on. The event will start at 8:00 am with the dragon boat races to be followed by the traditional sprint canoe, kayak races of the BBI Championship. The new stand up paddle board races will be incorporated into the BBI Championship schedule. The SUP races will include a 200 meter sprint for children 12 and under and 13 to 17 years of age, and a 1.5 mile and 3 mile race for adults. There is a cash purse for the top male and female finishers in the 3 mile, 12’6” and 14’ event. There will be a limited number of SUP boards to rent for the races. The proceeds from the SUP races will be used to support BBI Junior Olympic Programs at LCKC.
As part of the event, LCKC is teaming up with Team Radosta Fitness (Hoschton, GA), GUSU Paddle Sports (Destin, FL) and The Outside World (Dawsonville, GA) to host a FREE stand-up paddle demo day. This exciting new event will introduce the sport of SUP to Gainesville and the surrounding areas. During the Demo Day, participants will have the opportunity to try out over 20 different types of boards for all ages and skill levels. The Demo Day will be a great time to try the sport for the first time, and get instruction on how to paddle and select the right boards from the staff of Team Radosta Fitness and Outdoor World. This is a free event and is open to the public. Former 1992 Olympian and Coach/Board Member of Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, Stewart Carr, states, “I think this will be a great opportunity to introduce the paddle sports to each other and to the community. I can’t think of a better venue than here at the 1996 Olympic Canoe and Kayak Club.”
Stand-up Paddle Boarding is a new water-sport that is exploding into popularity. It combines the world of canoeing with surfing. Basically, SUP is standing on a giant surfboard and paddling the board with a long canoe paddle. SUP is not only for surfing any longer. Standup paddling offers a variety of forms such as; flat water protected lakes, easy beach paddling, open water paddling and racing on lakes and rivers.
The BBI Junior Olympic Program at LCKC introduces the Olympic sport of canoe and kayak to elementary and middle school children throughout the area. LCKC has won 10 National Sprint Championships--more than any other club in the country. They have sent athletes representing the USA to the Pan American Championships, Senior World Championships, Marathon World Champions, Dragon Boat World Championships, World Cup Regattas and numerous regional and domestic competitions. LCKC now has their first Olympian, Tim Hornsby, who competed in London this summer. Many of the athletes that have represented LCKC around the world started in the BBI Junior Olympic Program.
Baron and Brothers International (BBI) is the title sponsor of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club’s Junior Olympic Program and is locally owned and operated in Cornelia, GA. BBI is a design, manufacturing and sales company serving the agricultural, poultry and construction industries.