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$45M Whitewater Center Grand Opening Set for May 7-8 

RIVERSPORT Rapids, Oklahoma City’s new $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center, will hold a grand opening celebration May 7-8, 2016. The whitewater center was built in the city’s Boathouse District as part of MAPS 3, ... Read More

OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Crew Wins Overall Trophy at USRowing Central Youth Championships

The OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Crew competed in the 2015 USRowing Central Youth Championships on May 2-3. Twenty crews from around the region gathered in the Boathouse District to compete in several qualifiers for the 2015 ... Read More

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City Leaders Sign RIVERSPORT Rapids Steel Beam

Members of the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board, the MAPS 3 Oklahoma River Improvement Subcommittee and City Council met on April 9 to sign a steel beam that will be used in the construction of ... Read More

MAPS 3 Whitewater Construction Update

February 20, 2015 - MAPS 3 Program Manager David Todd provides a construction update on the Oklahoma River Improvements project. Jeffrey Gustin, senior project manager with whitewater consultant S2O Design discusses upcoming project milestones and ... Read More

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OKCBF Hires New High Performance Training Center Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USRowing National High Performance Center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has named Reilly Dampeer as the new head coach. Dampeer will work in collaboration with USRowing in providing coaching and training ... Read More

RIVERSPORT Rapids in the News

Looking forward to the RIVERSPORT Rapids Grand Opening on May 7-8? Read the latest national news stories that mention RIVERSPORT Rapids and share in the excitement! Learn more about RIVERSPORT Rapids or buy your All Access Annual Pass ... Read More

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OKCBF Hires New High Performance Training Center Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USRowing National High Performance Center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has named Reilly Dampeer as the new head coach. Dampeer will work in collaboration with USRowing in providing coaching and training ... Read More

RIVERSPORT Rapids in the News

Looking forward to the RIVERSPORT Rapids Grand Opening on May 7-8? Read the latest national news stories that mention RIVERSPORT Rapids and share in the excitement! Learn more about RIVERSPORT Rapids or buy your All Access Annual Pass ... Read More

OKC Junior Kayaker Sets Sights on Olympic Dream

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By Molly Gordon
Originally published in the May/June 2014 issue of Thrive Magazine

A rush of exhilaration and relief sweeps over Oklahoma City’s Bria Cornforth each time she crosses a finish line in her sprint kayak. She knows she has completed another race and is inching closer towards her ultimate goal: the Olympic games.

Cornforth, 14, began kayaking on the Oklahoma River when she was just seven years old and is currently a national champion in her age group.

“My dad read about the spring break Adventure Camps in the newspaper,” Cornforth said. “It was cool because the camps let you try every single thing that goes on in the Boathouse District. After the camps were over they asked if I wanted to join the Junior Canoe/Kayak Team.”

Cornforth loved kayaking the minute she got on the water and it was soon apparent she excelled at it as well. In 2010 Olympic aspirations motivated Cornforth to begin training twice a day, six days a week at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center, a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site for canoe/kayak.

The move to step up her training helped Cornforth achieve her national championship title, as well as medals from the Lake Placid International Regatta, an event that attracts 350 of the best canoe/kayak athletes from Canada, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil and Austrialia to compete against Team USA.

“Bria has shown amazing potential from the day she joined the OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Canoe/Kayak Team,” said Shaun Caven, Oklahoma City National High Performance Center Canoe/Kayak Head Coach. “She has grown into an impressive athlete who dedicates her life to the sport. She is one of the best in the country in her age category and with continued improvement I believe she can reach her long-term goals.”

Cornforth is optimistic about her chances. “The OKC Boathouse District is an excellent place to train because it has world-class facilities and a great river,” Cornforth said. “Shaun is the best coach in the world and I love working closely with all of the coaches on the team. They help me get closer to my ultimate goal, which is to go to the Olympics in either 2020 or 2024.”

A member of the OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Canoe/Kayak Team for nearly seven years, Cornforth has enjoyed the relationships that she’s made through the sport.

“I began online K-12 school a few years ago to dedicate more time to training,” she said. “Through canoe/kayak I’ve found a close-knit group of friends that I wouldn’t have had in public school. I’ve gotten a new family from this, a kayaking family.”

Caven agrees the sense of camaraderie on the team creates a strong bond between members and emphasizes that you don’t have to be an athlete to get involved.

“OKC RIVERSPORT offers great programs for anyone interested in canoe/kayak,” said Caven. “We have programs for ages eight and up, and our Junior Canoe/Kayak Team provides an exciting opportunity for kids ages 11 through 18 to compete on a team.”

Canoe/Kayak lessons are the first step to get involved, or sign your kids up for a summer Adventure Camp. The sport will also be featured at the SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival, Saturday, June 28 in the Boathouse District.

To learn more about the Junior Canoe/Kayak Team, visit us online or call (405) 552-4040.