Wisconsin Paddlers Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Nominations are now being accepted for inductees to the Wisconsin Paddlers Hall of Fame. The WISCONSIN PADDLERS HALL OF FAME will recognize someone with a connection to Wisconsin who has made outstanding, long-term contributions (20 years or more) and far-reaching impact on paddle sports.

    • The nominee may be living or deceased.
    • The nominee has been involved in Wisconsin paddling for a minimum of 20 years.
    • The nominee has made considerable contributions to paddling in Wisconsin (canoeing, kayaking, rafting, SUP).

If you would like to nominate a person the Wisconsin Paddlers Hall of Fame, please click on the button below, review the criteria and submit your responses.

Please also consider nominations for NEWP’s annual awards program and the ACA awards program.

The 2023 inductee to the Wisconsin Paddling Hall of Fame is Rebecca Giddens (formerly Bennett).  She competed in two Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in the K1 event in Athens in 2004. Giddens also won three medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with a gold (K1: 2002) a silver (K1 team: 1999) and a bronze (K1: 2003).

Giddens was born in Green Bay and attributes much of her world-class kayaking success to her mentors at NEWP. She now resides in Kernville, California, where she owns a brewpub with her husband, Eric. Her husband finished 20th in the men’s K1 event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Rebecca’s Olympic run, and award acceptance speech may be viewed here.

Jake Stachovak 1975-2021

Jake Stachovak, the first inductee to the WPHOF was named at the annual meeting of Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers (NEWP) on January 29, 2022.

2023 Award Recipients will be named at the 2023 Paddling Film Festival on March 25, 2023. Make your plans now to attend this prestigious event!

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