USA Canoe and Kayak are moving ahead with plans to merge with ACA. Yesterday, Adam Van Grack, chairperson for USACK released a statement updating the public on the current status of the transition.
Whether this will be a positive change remains to be seen, but for many the change appears to be welcomed, based on the solid reputation and history of the ACA.
Dear USA Canoe/Kayak Members:
The USA Canoe/Kayak Board wanted to let all of our Members know that recently the American Canoe Association (ACA) applied to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) to become the National Governing Body for canoe and kayak sports. ACA's application has the support of the USA Canoe/Kayak Board. As a result, the ACA and USA Canoe/Kayak just received communication from the USOC that the USOC is "positive about the ACA’s application and want to conclude the application review process as soon as possible."
We (along with ACA) will be working with the USOC in the coming days/weeks to work on all potential transition issues and ensure that the application process proceeds as smoothly as possible. Assuming ACA's application moves forward, there will be a series of public meetings in which members of USA Canoe/Kayak will be able to comment on the potential new National Governing Body. As soon as those meetings are scheduled (and new governing body documents are available), we will provide all our members with that information. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the USA Canoe/Kayak Board Members.
Adam Van Grack
Chair, USA Canoe/Kayak