Photo shared via Instagram @sagekayak

Photo shared via Instagram @sagekayak

Sage Donnelly


KNOWN FOR: Dominating the junior women category in all disciplines. Competing with the pros as a pre-teen in both freestyle and downriver extreme races.

THIS YEAR: Sage Donnelly is a bright star in the future of women's whitewater. The 14-year-old dominates the junior women's class, but she doesn't stop there. The teenage phenomenon is already a serious contender among pro women who are 10 years older. When the 2014 GoPro mountain games didn't include a category for junior competitors, Sage, who also competes in spite of suffering from Type 1 Diabetes, stepped up and placed on the podium in both the Steep Creek Championship and the Freestyle, placing second and third respectively.

Nouria Newman   2015 Female Paddlers of the Year Nominees