Junior Davis Jung selected to represent the U.S. at the Junior World Championships of the International Canoe Federation

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Davis negotiates a whitewater course in competition. (Photo: By courtesy of Davis).

Kate Tuttle, Features Editor

This summer, Potomac’s premier kayaker Junior Davis Jung will represent the United States in the canoe and kayak slalom race.  He will travel to Europe for six weeks with the U.S.A. Junior National Canoe and Kayak Team to represent the United States in the Junior World Championships and, while in Europe, he will also participate in races in Tacen, Slovenia and in Solkan, Czech Republic.

“Staying focused and persisting throughout the competition was one of the most difficult experiences in my life. It was a fantastic experience competing with and against Olympic athletes,” Davis said.

Because kayaking is an individual, outdoor sport, Davis has been able to continue training in kayaking during the pandemic. In his event, the canoe and kayak slalom races, athletes navigate gates on a whitewater course. 

Davis began his kayaking career in the fifth grade after he and a friend attended the Potomac Whitewater Rafting Club (PWRC) summer camp. He ended up loving kayaking at the camp, so he stuck with it, and Davis has continued to compete for PWRC. 

“My favorite part of kayaking is definitely the opportunity to travel and compete in so many different places,” Davis said. “One of my goals this summer is to get more kids interested in kayaking through PWRC’s summer camp program.”