The new sprint team head coach for the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club is bringing an extensive background to Hall County from his native Hungary.
A two-time silver medallist in flatwater kayak at the World Championships in 1998, Zsolt Szadovszki takes over with the program at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park, in addition to his role as coach for the American Canoe Association’s sprint national team.
Szadovszki fills the role previously held for two years by Kalen Scholz.
“I want to grow LCKC into the face of kayak and canoe sports in this country,” Szadovszki said. “I feel that Lanier has all that it needs to be the center of this sport and it works so conveniently having the national team come and train with the athletes here.”
An eastern European by birth, the new member to the LCKC staff has experience competing in Gainesville.
The coach of the Hawaii Canoe and Kayak team, starting in 2013, Szadovszki would bring his group for extended stays to compete at the national championships on Lake Lanier.
“I enjoy this community and the lake is amazing for the sport” Szadovszki said.
Also at the LCKC, long-standing member Jim O’Dell assumes the role of program director and head coach for the Dragon Boat team.
Previously, O’Dell coached the US Junior Dragon Boat team, guiding it to five gold medals and a win for Team USA at the International Canoe Federation Dragon Boat Championships last September.
Compiled by Diana Lewis