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Leading adventure resort Adventures on the Gorge (AOTG) will sponsor its own women’s team at the United States National Championships to be held April 2-3, 2016 on Oregon’s Klamath and Rogue Rivers.
This new team called “Sweets of the East” will include two AOTG guides who were on the U.S. women’s team competing in the recently concluded World Rafting Championships in Indonesia. Jo-Beth Stamm and Koreen Padjen, residents of Fayetteville, W.Va., were on the eighth-place team.
“We want to offer our profound and sincere congratulations to this team of athletes and give a special shout-out to these incredible athletes we are proud to call our own,” said Dave Hartvigsen, CEO of AOTG. “Nobody is more important around here than the people who work to provide the finest adventure experiences, and we are excited to offer support this year so that these world-class competitors can focus on rafting.”
Stamm and Padjen will be joined by AOTG guides Margaret Cadmus, Sherry Spilker and Hannah Vogt to comprise the new team. All work as rafting guides for AOTG throughout the season on both the New and Gauley Rivers.
In addition to Stamm and Padjen, the team competing in Indonesia included Julie Sutton and Sabina Schmid, who travel from their homes in Colorado to guide for AOTG in the fall. Sutton and Schmid, like many top-flight rafting guides, have joined the company for “Gauley Season” when water is released from Summersville Lake on weekends in September and October to create some of the world’s best whitewater rafting.
The winner of the national championships will represent the United States at the next World Rafting Championship, to be held Oct. 31 – Nov. 5 on an artificial whitewater stream in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates’ capital city. These championships will be held in four-person rafts.
The World Rafting Championships are held annually under the auspices of the International Rafting Federation (IRF) whose goal is to bring the world of rafting together so all can benefit from the interaction. Rafting competitions are comprised four disciplines – Sprint, Head-to-Head (H2H), Slalom and Downriver – with teams competing in men’s and women’s open and masters divisions.