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Potomac Paddlesports Team Member Bios

Potomac Paddlesports is proud to sponsor a team of local athletes. Be sure to check out the team blog for more photos, videos, and team postings:!

Maggie Snowel, Team Manager
Paddling since: 2002
Where I learned to paddle: The Potomac
Favorite backyard run: Great Falls of the Potomac
Favorite river sections: Upper Yough, Top Yough, Lower Big Sandy, Upper Blackwater, Green Narrows, North Fork South Platte (Bailey Canyon) CO
Favorite Creeks: Clear Creek of the Arkansas CO, Hunting Creek, Canyon Creek WA
Favorite types of paddling: Creeking, big water river running, attaining
Favorite non-paddling activities: climbing, hiking, photography, writing
Accomplishments: 2007 Upper Gauley Race: 3rd women’s, 2007 Great Falls Race: only woman, oh yeah!, 2007 Cheat River Race: 3rd women’s long boat, 2008 Great Falls Race: 1st women’s, 2008 Ohiopyle Falls Race: 3rd women's long and short boat

Jordan Poffenberger
Paddling since: 1999
Where I learned to paddle: The Potomac
Favorite play run: New River Dries
Favorite playspot: Golden rodeo hole in CO
Favorite creek: It's between Big Sandy in WV or Daisy Creek in CO
Favorite types of paddling: C-1 playboating, C-1 slalom and creeking
Community Involvement: I participated in the Gorge-athon and raised over $1000 for river access and preservation, many of the competitions I compete in are for the benefit of AW
What I like about the Potomac: The Potomac has a little bit of everything, it has big class V+ gnarr, class III-IV big water, and class III play and plenty of class II for the upcoming paddlers all within 15 miles of river.
Freestyle Competition Results: 1st in K-1 Junior 05 Maryland Chute Out Series, 1st in C-1st 07 Maryland Chute out Series, 2nd in C-1 08 Golden Community Rodeo, 2nd in K-1 07 Junior Olympic Rodeo, 2nd in C-1 07 Junior Olympic Rodeo, 1st in C-1 08 Junior Olympic Rodeo, 2nd in C-1 07 Freestyle Nationals, 2nd in C-1 08 Freestyle Nationals, 2nd in C-1 08 FIBark Festival Rodeo
Slalom Competition Results: 2nd in C-1 cadet 07 Junior Olympics, 1st in C-1 cadet 08 Junior Olympics, 11th in C-1 08 Olympic trials

Scott Anderson
Paddling since: June 5, 2004
Where I learned to paddle: The Potomac
Favorite backyard run: Great Falls
Favorite playspot: Minibus on the Ottawa River -- although I didn't know what to do once I got on it!
Favorite rivers: The Cheat drainage has more quality whitewater than any other river I can think of.
Favorite creeks: Seneca Creek, Red Creek, North Fork of the Blackwater, Hornbeck's Creek
Upcoming trips: Month-long trip through the Grand Canyon in February.
About me: I started kayaking with Potomac Paddlesports on June 5, 2004. It was a cold and rainy day -- I was shivering and my teeth were chattering through most of the class -- but you couldn't wipe the smile off my face. Since then it's become an addiction that I have no intention of ever giving up!

Cherie Bartozzi
ACA Whitewater Certified

Paddling since: September 2007
Hometown: Potomac, MD
Rivers run/seas toured: The Potomac, Upper & Lower Yough, Cheat, Lower Big Sandy, Gauley, Susquehanna, Shenandoah, Green Narrows, Casselman, and Difficult Run. Chile: Futalefu, Rio Azul. Norway: Otta, Ulla, Sjoa, and Driva
Favorite spot: Great Falls, MD lines
Best memory: Running Great Falls for the first time
Favorite piece of gear: Sweet helmets
When I'm not paddling, I like to: Think about paddling, plan my next paddling adventure, run, hike, and read
Advice for new paddlers: Be confidant in your abilities, take calculated risks, and enjoy the beautiful ride...

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