Whitewater center attracts brains and brawn
Posted on 8 Apr 2009 by Rhi Bowman
photo: Rhi Bowman
Did you hear the good news? The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) changed their rate structure and added a new attraction, the Mega Zipline. If you didn’t, you can read all about those details over at Creative Loafing.
But, the deals and the attractions are only part of the story. The real scoop is this: not only is the USNWC a great place to hang out, get some exercise and try something new, it attracts major, youthful talent from around the world. Sure, the pull is on alternative and extreme sports enthusiasts and Olympic Kayak teams, but did you know some of those athletes are mathematicians?
Meet Nathan Davis, who relocated to Charlotte from Canada in April 2008 while training at the USNWC for the Bejing Olympics, “Because this was the best place in the world to train.”
He’s in love with Charlotte. He’s also a graduate student at UNC Charlotte trying to decide which university to attend for his Ph.D. “I spend half my time at the University and half my time [at the USNWC] training,” he says.
Of course, Davis is looking at other schools, like M.I.T. and Harvard, but says he is considering UNC Charlotte because of the USNWC. “Vancouver has mountains, Boston has M.I.T. and Charlotte has this place,” he said.
You can listen to Nathan address the media and goverment officials at a recent USNWC VIP day, in his Kayak skirt, at The Word Trade.