Female Paddler of the Year

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Adriene Levknecht
Adriene Levknecht
Age: 26 | Greenville, SC
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Known For: Throwing down in the hole, and consistently crushing the competition at the Green Race.
This Year: Adriene demonstrated her competitive excellence and versatility with a bronze-medalperformance at the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships, and taking third place overall in the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix. She also competed at the US Freestyle National Team Trials, placing second.
What’s Next: Adriene has applied to Nursing School at University of South Carolina Upstate and will focus on school and her career as a paramedic in the upcoming year.

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Claire O'Hara
Claire O’Hara
Age: 32 | Leeds, UKVote

Known For: Dominating the Freestyle Kayaking circuit and squirtboating
This Year: Claire battled her way to her second World Championship title in both Squirtboating and Freestyle at the 2013 ICF Championships last fall. More recently she has taken first in freestyle at the GoPro Games, Reno River Festival, Australian Freestyle, and set a new Women’s Squirt Boating Mystery World Record on her way to the championship title.
What’s Next: Claire is preparing for competition at the Payette River Games in Idaho as well as the Jimi Cup on the Ottawa River and the European Freestyle Championships. She also looks forward to defending her title in the 2015 World Freestyle Championships.

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Katrina Van Wijk
Katrina Van Wijk
Age: 24 | Ottawa, ON
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Known For: Duo-descents with Nicole Mansfield and the TiTs Deep web series.
This Year: Katrina was the 2013 AWP World Series Champion and started 2014 with a bang at the Little White Salmon Race where she won both the downriver race and the Spirit slalom. She was also the first female competitor at the Elite category at the North Fork Championship.
What’s Next: Katrina is attending the Art Institute of Vancouver and focusing on her schooling, but that won’t stop her from competing. She will compete in the North Fork Championship and is planning a trip to Norway with Nicole Mansfield and Louise Jull.

More on Katrina: Story + Video | Blog

Mariann Saether
Mariann Saether
Age: 33 | Voss, Norway
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Known For: First descents throughout her native Norway and the world, and competitive excellence across the whitewater spectrum, from freestyle to slalom.
This Year: Mariann capped a great season with a second-place overall finish at the Whitewater Grand Prix, including wins in the Big Trick contest on the Gladiator wave and the Giant Slalom stage. She dominated theKing of Asia contest in Russia—taking first in all three races—and capped her Russian foray with the first female descent of Mazhoy Gorge on the Chuya River. The versatile Norwegian also placed sixth in an international slalom race in Spain, and wrapped up her university studies.

More on Mariann: Story | Website

Martina Wegman
Martina Wegman
Age: 24 | New Zealand/ The Netherlands
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Known For: Consistently performing under pressure in races around the world
This Year: Completed the first female descent of the Nile’s Murchison Falls section. To reduce the risk of crocodile attack, Martina and the other kayakers on the trip climbed aboard a raft between rapids. She also placed first overall at the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix and won the Steep Creek Championship on Homestake Creek at the 2014 GoPro Mountain Games.
What’s Next: Martina is busy preparing for the North Fork Championship and Payette River Games in Idaho. She also plans to race in the Adidas Sickline and hopes to make it to the Green Race in November.

More on Martina: Story | Video | Blog

Nouria Newman
Nouria Newman
Age: 22 | Pau, France
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Known For: Taking her slalom background into the extreme race scene
This Year: Nouria rounded out 2013 as Adidas Sickline Champion, and quickly switched gears to focus on her bid for a spot on the French slalom team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has been training hard, with trips to the British Open and the Red Bull Diagnostic Training Center.
What’s Next:Nouria expects to focus more on slalom as pre-Olympic qualifying gets under way, but still plans to fit in extreme races whenever possible.

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Sage Donnelly
Sage Donnelly
Age: 13 | Carson City, NV
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Known For: Competing with the pros as a pre-teen in both freestyle and downriver extreme races.
This Year: Sage became the Jr. Womens Freestyle National Champion in 2013, won the Under 14 Slalom Age Group championships in both K1 and C1, and took 2nd place at Steep Creek Championship and 3rd at the Freestyle Kayak Event at the GoPro Games.
What’s Next: Another year bigger and stronger, Sage is sure to be a dominant force on the junior circuit and a contender that grown women can’t ignore.

More on Sage: Story | Video | Website

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