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Lyons Falls woman named state director of American Canoe Association

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LYONS FALLS — Liane Amaral of Lyons Falls recently accepted the inaugural volunteer state directorship of the American Canoe Association.

“ACA promotes all paddle sports, including canoeing, kayaking, flatwater, whitewater, stand-up paddleboarding, kayak fishing,” the 44-year-old said. “My goal is to try and put Northern New York on the map as a paddling destination for everybody.”

ACA is a national nonprofit paddlesport organization designed to improve paddling through education, stewardship, recreation and competitive initiatives.

“The ACA constantly strives to enhance communication with paddlers on the ground,” said Amy Ellis, ACA state director coordinator. “It is difficult to know all the paddling issues in every state. State directors will help us be more effective in their state.”

As director, Mrs. Amaral will serve a two-year term in which she will be responsible for promoting communication between communities and the ACA, increasing awareness of paddle opportunities and preservation of paddle environments, managing an executive council of volunteers and assisting potential ACA members. The state director program launched in March.

“Ms. Amaral’s leadership experience, her varied volunteer work, as well as her paddling and instruction experience combined with her desire to ‘foster a paddling community with friendly people who share information and make new paddlers feel comfortable,’ in addition to her involvement with adaptive paddling organizations, made her the stand-out candidate for the New York state director,” Ms. Ellis said.

Mrs. Amaral is a five-year certified Level IV whitewater instructor through ACA and a Nantahala Outdoor Center-certified instructor. In June, she hopes to become a state-certified whitewater guide. Her husband, Stephen, is working toward becoming a certified camping and hiking guide.

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