In 1996, Gainesville, Georgia and Lake Lanier hosted the Canoe / Kayak
competition for the Atlanta Summer Olympics. As a result, a new
world-class canoe and kayak venue was born. In 2003, we extend an
invitation to the world to return to Lake Lanier for the World
Championships, the qualifying event for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Since 1996, there have been many changes. Building upon the boathouse
and tower infrastructure constructed as a part of the Olympic Legacy,
the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club has grown to win three national club
titles and place several athletes on national teams and World
Championship. The Lake Lanier Olympic Center has hosted 20 major events
since the conclusion of the 1996 Games. We started out small in the world
of sprint canoe / kayak, but with a big vision we have made dramatic strides
in building a world-class program.
At the same time, much has remained the same since 1996. Located fifty miles
north of Atlanta and nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
Gainesville remains the "hospitality capital of the world," a designation
earned during the '96 Olympics.
We believe you will find, once again, a welcoming and friendly community
providing first class hospitality, entertainment, and competition. We
hope that you will accept the opportunity to experience the excitement
of competition while also enjoying all that Gainesville and Northeast Georgia
has to offer.
Just as Gainesville and Lake Lanier embraced the World in 1996, the Lanier
Canoe 2003 Organizing Committee extends a sincere invitation to all competitors,
officials, family, friends and fans to visit and enjoy our venue, our city,
and our region. We are convinced that your time with us will be enriching
and your competitive efforts rewarding.