NRC Athletes Take On Tokyo

Some of the Nantahala Racing Club’s best paddlers will have a chance to head to Japan to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Meet the athletes below and consider making a contribution to their fundraising efforts. Your support makes a huge difference to each of these athletes in their pursuit of the Olympics. Please consider making a contribution to the future of these athletes and the sport.

Meet the Athletes…


Evy Leibfarth: (Bryson City, NC) Evy spends most of her whitewater time in a slalom boat, training on the gates with her dad, a former U.S. Junior National Team Coach and slalom racer. She loves the way a slalom boat moves through the water, the feeling she gets when she starts going fast, and the challenge of negotiating the gates. In 2016, Evy became the youngest athlete to compete in the U.S. Slalom Olympic Team Trials, and also qualified for the U.S. Junior National Team, but was too young to take the spot. 

Evy loves to kayak more than anything in the world, but she also enjoys standup paddling boarding, surfing, mountain biking, throwing the occasional round of disc golf, and drawing. Evy’s favorite quote is: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m                                                                                   Possible!” 

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Lili Brandon: (Ft. Payne, AL) My name is Lili Brandon. I am 15 years old and will be a sophomore this coming year at Fort Payne High School in Fort Payne, Alabama. My favorite thing to do is traveling and paddling with my friends and family. I am a part of the Nantahala Racing Club in Bryson City, North Carolina. I am so excited because this summer I will be getting to go to Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, and the Czech Republic. It will be my first time out of the country! I am so happy that I’m getting to go to Europe doing what I love.  

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IMG_6976[1]Miller Kaderabek, Wesley Bolyard: (Asheville, NC and Charlotte, NC) I am from Asheville, North Carolina, where I have lived all my life. When I was 7 years old I went to a summer camp where I started paddling and got hooked on it. I paddled recreational until age 13 when I started competing. Wes Bolyard and I started training in C2 in the fall of 2015 and have been racing in this class ever since.

Top Results

  • 2nd place C2M US Open 2016
  • 3rd place C2M 2015 US National Championships
  • 3rd place C2M 2016 US Olympic Trials
  • 1st place C2M 2016 US Junior National Team Trials

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ThomasThomas Mardany: (Waxhaw, NC) Thomas is 15 years old and is completing his Freshman year at Charlotte Catholic High School. He began paddling in the spring of 2014 at the National Whitewater Center. His first competitive race was at the NOC Glacier Breaker 2015. He has since competed in additional events across the east cost in Alabama, New Hampshire and North Carolina.



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