Juanito Scholarship

Working with Juan was one of the greatest pleasures Jackson Kayak has ever had with any athlete. We are so excited to help his enthusiasm for teaching kids continue through this program and would like to thank everyone involved in keeping Juan alive in our hearts, where he will always belong. Live Like Juan!
In memory of Juan Antonio “Juanito” De Ugarte a donation-based scholarship has been created that will send one Peruvian kid to the Ottawa River for a session at Ottawa Kayak School’s Keener Program. In honour of Juanito’s paddling accomplishments and his enthusiasm for teaching the next generation, this scholarship aims to give back to his country and padding community by giving a child the chance to take their paddling to the next level through a paddling development program or camp. We hope to provide inspiration and support to an aspiring kayaker to improve their on-water skills, but also to teach them compassion for their peers and their environment while building a global paddling community. Through this scholarship friends, family and the paddling community at large can ensure Juanito’s spirit lives on by supporting and inspiring current and future generations of whitewater kayakers.

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