Jack Blendinger Trophy

Awarded to the club winning the most points in the Masters division.

Jack has been in aquatics all his life even at one time owning his own swimming school. Many years ago while attending a masters track and field event, Jack ran into Connie Hagler and some other Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club (LCKC) members. It was there they first talked to Jack about sprint kayaking. Since he loved the water and racing, at the age of 70, Jack started his journey in the sport.

By the time Jack turned 80, he held the oldest National Champion record for sprint kayak. At the age of 86, Jack worked at Mississippi State University in education management and writing. He is also president of the American Association of University Professors. Jack continued to paddle at National Championships bringing positivity and his great smile with 2019 being his 16th year competing. A great role model for our young athletes!

Jack’s continued presence at National Championships and having paddled all 16 of his years in the sport as a Master’s paddler, LCKC chose to recognize his perseverance and success by having this award named in his honor. The perpetual award is to be presented to the club accumulating the most points in all the Masters Events at the ACA Sprint National Championships.

Winners

YEARCLUB
2021Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club
2020Not Awarded due to Covid-19 Pandemic
2019Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club (First Awarded)