The summer has been a real treat for outdoor sports and recreation lovers. Including the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. Kayak athletes, Unified partners and coaches have already taken to the water, fresh or salt, to train for the upcoming 2014 Kayak Championships on September 27th.
The 2014 Kayak Championships have recently experienced the inevitable change that Fall brings. This year through the hard work of former Olympic Kayaker and Head Coach of the Upper Shore Kayak team, Jack Brosius the event will be contested on the beautiful Chester River on Maryland’s wonderful eastern shore. The Washington College waterfront will host the championships at the The Lelia Hynson Boating Park in Chestertown, MD with 40-50 faculty, employees and students from the athletic department and Best Buddies Program already signed up to volunteer that day.
By the time you are reading this the course will have been set up on the river so that all who can make it will be able to preview it before the competition.
When asked how many athletes he expected to be attending this year’s championships Coach Brosius said ” I am going to say this year, probably about 95. We had 85 last year”. Brosius calculated this based on a growth his program has experienced and word of growth in other Kayak programs around Maryland.
Special Olympics Maryland is a national leader in the sport of Kayak and was among only two states to send athletes to the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece. Among this years competitors at Washington College will be Chris Dooley from the Upper Shore who carries on our international presence by being selected to attend the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.
For more information on the Kayaking event please go to http://www.somd.org/events/2014-kayak-championships/
For a full video of the interview with Jack Brosius go to http://bit.ly/JackBrosius