During the USA Canoe & Kayak Team Trials May2-3 in Wausau, Wisconsin, Hailey made the senior national team for women’s whitewater canoeing. She placed first, meaning she is the top-ranked paddler in the U.S. She also made the junior national team for canoeing and kayaking.
Link to Teen paddler Hailey Thompson in ‘state of elation’ after qualifying for national team news article featured in Wausau Daily Herald (May 4, 2010).
“I was born in Hawaii, but consider myself a native Wisconsinite, as I’ve lived there most of my life. But any place there is whitewater is a home to me. I love all kinds of paddling, although I specialize in C1ing….play boating, river-running, and slalom are all my favorites. I love being on the river, and pushing myself to my limits…it’s such an awesome physical and mental challenge, plus you meet a ton of great people along the way. As well as paddling, I love telemark skiing, backpacking, climbing, biking, anything outside, and finishing each day with a smile on my face.”