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Athlete Bio: Keegan Grady

KEEGAN GRADY

Instructor for Ottawa Kayak School and Algonquin College. Graduate of new River Academy. Canadian National team Member. Ambassador of Whitewater Kayaking.

Date of Birth: October first. 1991
Started Paddling: 2001
Counties Paddled: New Zealand, Chile, United States, Argentina, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Canada.
Favorite Nuun Flavors: Kona Cola, Strawberry Lemonade

BIO:
Born and raised in LApasse, Ontario, Canada on the banks of the mighty Ottawa River. I was brought up on the river by my parents who were both raft guides. I Played every school sport i could until I turned 17 and decided to focus completely on whitewater Kayaking. I started paddling slalom when I was 10, and got into freestyle on the ottawa when I was 13. I have had a very successful season including World Championships in Switzerland, and a two month expedition in CHile where I won the first annual Upper Palguin Boatercross which hosted over 50 competitiors from around the world (I was also the second youngest competitor). WHile in CHile I also claimed a PB waterfall record of 85 feet, this year I am working hard and pushing towards Team Trials and Voss Extreme Sport Week in Norway where I will compete in the Boatercross.
I love the feeling of being completely aerial on a big wave or off a drop, and pushing my limits as well as my groups every time I hit the water, the best way to learn is to get out there, direct exposure to something new.

Favourite Rivers: Narrows of the Green, Rio Palguin, Rio Nevado, Ottawa River.

Goals
-Run 100 footer
-Push downriver freestyle

Accomplishments

- Front Flip over Waterfall “Hail Marry” Maruia Falls, NZ

- 1ST Place, Upper Palguin Boater Cross, CHILE 2010

- 8th World Championships, Thun Swiitzerland 2009

- 8th Junior World Championships, Thun Switzerland, 2009

- 6th World Cup, Thun Switzerland 2008

- Canadian Junior Champion, Chambly Quebec 2008

- Ist Level six Capital Cup Junior Pro Class Spring 2008, Ottawa Canada

-2nd Place Level Six Capital Cup Pro Junior Class Spring 2007, CANADA

-2nd Place North American Cup, Watertown, New York 2007

-5th Place Canadian Junior Team Trials 2006