On March 5 2014 the USA Canoe/Kayak Committee awarded Polo Head Coach Stephen Gale the annual Havens Leadership Award. Col. Deborah S. Page and Jan Whitaker were also recipients for their support in the United States Paracanoe program and advocacy of the Paralympic Movement.
The USA Canoe/Kayak is a member of the United States Olympic Committee, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) and the Pan American Canoe Federation (PACF).
USA Canoe/Kayak is also the national governing body for the Olympic sports of Flatwater Sprint and Whitewater Slalom as well as the Paralympic sport of Paracanoe. Other paddling sports sanctioned by USA Canoe/Kayak include Dragon Boat, Freestyle, Marathon, Surfski, Wildwater, Outrigger, Polo, Canoe Sailing and Stand Up Paddleboard.
“The USA Canoe/Kayak offers athletes the opportunity to win Olympic medals in up to 16 events, the sixth most of any sport.” Paracanoe happens to be one of those events. As a result of the USA Canoe/Kayak, along with thousands of others, Paracanoe will make its inaugural appearance at the Paralympic Games in Rio, 2016.
Part of the USA Canoe/Kayak philosophy is that it doesn’t matter “Whether you are just getting into paddling or have been for many years, you have an opportunity to represent your country in the sport we love." Therefore, paddlers from around the world will have the opportunity to compete regardless of their abilities.
The Havens Leadership Award rewards individuals whose practices and behaviors best serve the interests and success of USA Canoe/Kayak. The award is named after the Havens family.