Potomac Whitewater Racing Center
PO Box 54
Cabin John, MD 20818
The Potomac Whitewater Racing Center focuses on the daily needs of aspiring and world-class athletes in whitewater competition. Effective December 3rd 2011, The Bethesda Center of Excellence (BCE) formally changed its name to Potomac Whitewater Racing Center (PWRC).
Potomac Whitewater Racing Center has produced numerous World and Olympic Medalists including:
- Fabien Lefevre: 2014 C-1M World Champion
- Dana Chladek: 1996 Olympic Games (Silver Medal), 1992 Olympic Games (Bronze Medal)
- Joe Jacobi: 1992 Olympic Games (Gold Medal) & 2004 Olympic Games (8th)
- Davey Hearn: Seven medals in the C-1 event at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with two golds (1985, 1995) and five silvers (1979, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989). He also won six consecutive world championship gold medals in the C-1 team event (1979-1989)
- Cathy Hearn: Ten medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with two golds (K-1: 1979, K-1 team: 1979), three silvers (K-1: 1981, K-1 team: 1989, 1993), and five bronzes (K-1: 1989, 1997, K-1 team: 1977, 1981, 1987)
- Caroline Queen: 2012 Olympic Team
- Casey Eichfeld: 2008 Olympic Team, 2012 Olympic Team
- Ricky Powell: 2008 Olympic Team
- Scott Parsons: 2004 Olympic Team, 2008 Olympic Team, 2012 Olympic Team
The mission of the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center is to promote the sport of slalom and wildwater canoe and kayak racing and includes:
- foster a lifelong love of paddlesports for our members
- high-quality, year-round whitewater slalom training sites at the Feeder Canal and NRG’s Dickerson Whitewater Course.
- additional training facilities in the David Taylor Model Basin and our weight room in the Brookmont Church
- coaching and training camps
- hosting the Maryland Canoe and Kayak series which includes races from novice to expert levels, and participants from ages 7 to 70
- river stewardship clean-ups and community outreach
Local athletes first started using the Feeder Canal on the Potomac River for their daily gate training workouts while preparing for the 1972 Olympic Games. Today over fifty athletes of all levels from the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center train on the Feeder Canal, NRG’s Dickerson Whitewater Course, and other areas of the Potomac River. Mike Corcoran is currently the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Potomac Whitewater Racing Center, having served in that capacity since 2016.