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Vail Valley whitewater teams on way to worlds

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Special to the Vail DailyThe Vail Valley's woman whitewater rafting team includes Lisa Reeder, Dawn Vogeler, Lizzie Burnett, Jessica Kurt-Mason, Katie Smith, Jaime Passchier and Kathleen Garcia
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VAIL, Colorado ” Two Vail Valley, Colorado rafting teams will be headed for Bosnia-Herzegovina this week to represent the United States at the Whitewater Rafting World Championships in June.

The Team Timberline women’s raft team and Behind the 8 Ball/Timberline men’s raft team qualified for the world championships by winning the 2008 U.S. Whitewater Nationals, held in Idaho last fall. Both the Timberline Women and Behind the 8 Ball swept the three events ” sprint, slalom and downriver. It was the seventh consecutive National Championship win for both teams.

In June the teams will compete on the River Vrbas against top teams from all over the world.

The women’s team is comprised of captain Lisa Reeder, Dawn Vogeler, Lizzie Burnett, Jessica Kurt-Mason, Katie Smith, Jaime Passchier and Kathleen Garcia. The men’s team includes captain Mike Reid, Chris “Mongo ” Reeder, Chip Carney, Todd Toledo, Seth Kurt-Mason, Joe Sialiano and Andrew Bishop. Almost all the members are from the Vail Valley area and have years of whitewater experience.

The championships are the pinnacle of achievement in the competitive rafting world, Lisa Reeder said.

“We train continuously throughout the year with our eyes to this event,” she said. “And, while we love what we do and it’s definitely fun, we take it very, very seriously.”

Most of the team members have competed in the World Championships in the past and said they hope to be in contention for a top place this year.

“The bottom line is we’re representing our country against the best in the world,” Lisa Reeder said. “And believe me, these guys are really strong and extremely competitive. We’re there to win and bring it home for the rafting community and for our country.”

The World Whitewater Championships take place every two years, with prior championships being held in The Czech Republic, Ecuador, South Korea, Costa Rica and the United States.