From left to right are Sam Fowlkes and Robin Pope of the American Canoe Association shown presenting a certificate of appreciation for “Outstanding Service to Paddlesports” for support of recreation, education, instruction and competition events over the last decade to Lisa Leatherman of Duke Energy.

The Duke leadership team has supported paddlesports and the mission of the ACA by supporting the ACA Collegiate race series, Swiftwater Rescue conferences and numerous recreational activities. In addition, Duke Energy has provided six first class river access points on the Tuckaseigee River.

They maintain an online application “Lake View” which has all current Duke Energy maintained lake and river information. This award recognizes what Duke Energy has done for ACA members and paddlesport safety with hope that it inspires other organizations to support paddling and access.