Not totally local but once it comes to Belgians … From August 2 – 7, the 2015 ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships will be hosted at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, located in the Nantahala Gorge, 13 miles outside of Bryson City. We have a nice brochette of young Belgians competing in this whitewater ‘rapids’ competition:
- Junior Girls: Lea Guban (Brussels), Lauranne Sinnesael (Anseremme) & Jana Lomelino (Mechelen)
- Junior Men: Samuel Pype (Chiny) and from Mechelen: Willem Renders, Jan Vanhecke & Robin Van Beeck.
- U-23 Wonen: Jorinde Vanderzypen (Mechelen)
- U-23 Men: Bram Sikkens (Mechelen)
The Opening Ceremony is Monday August 3rd and competions start on Tuesday at 8.30 am (local time) – schedule. The Medal Ceremony (Sprint Races) & Closing Ceremony is on Friday 7th at 9 pm.
Take the opportunity to get out of town … The Nantahala Gorge is located in Swain County, 13 miles outside of the county seat: Bryson City, North Carolina. Named among the top 10 paddling towns in the nation, Bryson City is nestled at the foot of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the United States, and famous for the mist that settles in its valleys as well a rich biodiversity of vegetation and wildlife. The area is a popular tourist destination, and is renowned for a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including rafting and paddlesports, biking, zip lining, rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking and camping.
Thank you beATLe Jean-Michel for the info!