MK Ambassador Lauren Burress, 12, recently relocated to Colorado to live/train full-time. But, NOT before being named a Blue Ridge All Star by Blue Ridge Outdoors. An excerpt from and link to the article are featured here.
At just 12 years old, Lauren Burress already has her sights on the
Olympics. This year the whitewater wunderkind from east Tennessee won
the Freestyle and Slalom Kayaking Junior Nationals.
Burress was drawn to freestyle paddling at age 6. She was on a
whitewater rafting trip with her mom on the Elkhorn River in Kentucky,
and her dad was paddling nearby with friends in play boats. During a
break, Burress ran over to the kayakers and jumped into one of the
boats with her dad’s friend—experiencing her first surfing hole. By age
8 she was running the Big South Fork River in Tennessee, and at 9 she
participated in her first Teva Mountain Games...
Read the rest of the article and see who else was named to the All Star cast HERE.
MK Ambassador Ben Peters offers this update from his world of kayaking around the globe!
Hey everyone. With my kayaking season coming to the end and the snow on its way I can only think of my great experiences this summer. From cold spring creeking here in the Midwest to paddling huge water in Colorado, from freestyle to slalom I had a very busy summer of competition. Some of my biggest accomplishments this summer were making the Junior National team for Downriver, placing 1st in many of my freestyle competitions including FibArk and Midwest freestyle Championships, running my first 5+ rapid on the Narrows of the Poudre, crowned as champion of many events in the Junior Olympics, and many other adventures. My competition may have ended for this year, but my training never ends. With no water in the rivers I must paddle the flatwater around my house in Hudson, Wisconsin and I am also on a very intensive
weightlifting program. I have recently been approached about a trip to Kenya this winter to bring awareness to African sports like kayaking. This is bringing international media and big names galore. I will keep in touch with the outcome of this trip. My downhill ski racing season is getting closer and closer, I am ready to get back in the gates and race GS and slalom. I have been training really hard for this seasons ski season. I will also look into kayak training trips over the winter to Charlotte, NC or international trips. I also will be training for my pole-vaulting season that is coming up this spring and late winter. Thank you to all of my sponsors, such as MK, that have supported my trips and training. I couldn’t succeed without your support.