In July, the Columbia Riverbanks Region hosted a truly unique event as over 150 international competitors and coaches visited our community to compete in the 2007 Junior Wildwater World Championships -- the first Wildwater World Championship in the history of North America. Our community made itself proud with the hospitality and charm we have always been famous for as well as for the rivers that visitors from 14 foreign nations discovered. They will all take home memories of their visit and hopefully one day in the future, they will have a chance to return for more competitions.

This event was truly a combined effort of the entire community, brought together by the rivers, and I would like to take the time to thank those who made this possible: SCE&G; Mayor Horton and the City of West Columbia's Fire, Police and Public Works departments; Mayor Coble and the City of Columbia's Fire, Police and Parks & Recreation departments; Riverbanks Zoo & Garden; Lexington County EMS; Richland County EMS; The River Alliance; South Carolina DNR; New Orleans Riverfront Restaurant; David Jordan and L.J. Construction; The Reserve on the Saluda; USC Sports Medicine Center; Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce; Columbia World Affairs Council; Sprint/Nextel; the Palmetto Paddlers and all of our dedicated volunteers.

This event was a truly community-wide effort and I would like to send my heart-felt thanks to everyone involved. It was a World Championship to remember!

S. Scott Powers
Executive Director
Columbia Regional Sports Council