The Paddler Tattler
February 17 2022
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Paddle School Auction:
Jack Wright in Memoriam
Jack Wright’s whitewater adventure started in the 1930s on trips with his uncle down the Hiawassee and Tennessee from Reliance to Chattanooga. How different that trip must have been then!
From participating in the 1969 Nantahala Canoe Race to his later years spent teaching Boy Scouts, much of Jack Wright’s life was lived on the river. The lessons that he learned there clearly had a deep impact on him. This following article in particular is timeless.
Check out an Original Articles by Jack Wright
He was a TVCC charter member, present at the early meetings and through forty more years of club happenings, archiving stories, memories and recording some of TVCC’s earliest video footage on Super 8. He was on club trips down sections II and III of the Chattooga years before the movie “Deliverance” made it famous, as well as starting the first Boy Scout Raft Race, a tradition that still carries on today, maintaining a life-long focus on teaching others whitewater safety.
Check out more history in the TVCC Archive
These bundles will include the following:
Dagger Torrent Sit-on-top Boats with thigh straps, PFDs, WRSI Helmets, Aqua Bound Paddles, Throw Ropes, Yakima Roof Rack Hardware, Tie Down Straps and More!
Many of my fondest memories from growing up were on the Hiwassee river, my dad’s favorite river, and although I haven’t been much of a paddler in my adult years, I would love to play some small part in maintaining the legacy he started. As John notes in the reprint of one of those articles, my dad was involved in Boy Scouts during the time I was a scout in the late 1990s, and he founded a whitewater program in the local council. My dad was always the resident safety expert (it was his profession too), and he worked hard to pass along his decades of whitewater safety training knowledge to local scouts.
John Wright, In Memory of Jack Wright
2022 Roll Practice – Wednesday Nights
Roll practice for 2022 is scheduled weekly, every Wednesday, from 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM at the Ooltewah Swim Center, 6849 Mountain View Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363. Boats will need to be clean before taking them into the pool. You must wear a PFD and a helmet.
TVCC members MUST register below. TVCC members may bring a guest and that guest must also register online, sign the waiver and pay the fee. Ooltewah Swim Center provides a six lane 25 meter heated pool. It is a protected and warm environment on winter days.
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THIS EVENT IS $5.00 PER SESSION TO ALL TVCC MEMBERSHIP IN GOOD STANDING!
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