Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006 is the Stage to Announce the Newest Whitewater Hall of Fame Inductees - SNEWS

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006 is the Stage to Announce the Newest Whitewater Hall of Fame Inductees

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) will announce the names of its newest inductees at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The announcement will take place at the Paddle Tank on August 10 at 4:00 pm. This announcement concludes a six-month nomination process that began in February. Elections are currently underway by a 45-member voting electorate consisting of nationally and internationally-recognized whitewater paddlers representative of the whitewater community to determine the newest class of inductees.
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McHenry, MD -- The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) will announce the names of its newest inductees at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The announcement will take place at the Paddle Tank on August 10 at 4:00 pm. This announcement concludes a six-month nomination process that began in February. Elections are currently underway by a 45-member voting electorate consisting of nationally and internationally-recognized whitewater paddlers representative of the whitewater community to determine the newest class of inductees.

The elections will determine one inductee each for the Explorer and Pioneer Explorer categories and two inductees each for the Advocate and Champion categories. For Explorer, the nominees are Walt Blackadar (USA), Scott Lindgren (USA), and Herbert Rittlinger (Germany). For Pioneer, the nominees are Bart Hauthaway (USA), Carl Luther (Germany), and Jim Snyder (USA). The nominees for the Advocate category are Bill Endicott (USA), Kay Henry (USA), Tom Johnson (USA), Dave Kurtz (USA), Martin Litton (USA), and Joe Pulliam (USA). For the Champion category, the nominees are Andy Bridge (USA), Dana Chladek (USA), Giesala Grothaus-Steigerwald (Germany), Cathy Hearn (USA), Jamie McEwan (USA), and Scott Shipley (USA).

Induction of the newest class into the Hall of Fame will take place on Friday, October 20 at a dinner and ceremony at the WISP in McHenry, Maryland. Post-induction festivities will continue on October 21 at the site of the artificial whitewater course in McHenry currently under construction by the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI). The post-induction festivities will include a party for the whitewater community and a sneak pre-opening peek of the whitewater course (opening spring 2007).

For additional information about the announcement of the newest International Whitewater Hall of Fame inductees, contact Susan Taft or visit www.iwhof.com. You can also receive additional information about the announcement at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market on August 10, biographies of the nominees, and a description of the nomination process.

About IWHOF and ASCI:
The International Whitewater Hall of Fame and Museum, being constructed as part of ASCI's Adventure Sports Center, recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant accomplishments in and contributions to whitewater related activities. The history, development and major achievements made in these activities will be depicted through displays of related equipment, art, artifacts, mementos, etc. Interactive and virtual components will further enhance the museum experience.

ASCI is a non-profit organization with a mission to create an International Adventure Sports Center that is recognized as a focal point in the emerging and expanding adventures sports industry. The Center, located in McHenry, Maryland, works to promote, educate, and facilitate participation in a wide range of adventure-based recreational activities and competitions.

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