The Cumberland River Challenge Canoe & Kayak Race is an annual event, hosted by Union College, U- Canoe and Barbourville Tourism. The race consists of 15 miles of river, ranging from calm water to beginner-level rapids. The race starts on the Knox County line bordering Bell County and finishes in Knox County at the Thompson RV Park. Annual “bragging rights” and awards are presented at the end of the race.In March of 2017, we joined with The Explorer Kentucky Initiative to add The Cumberland River Challenge to The Kentucky Waterman Series as a points race for it’s competitors. The inaugural season will consist of 12 races on Kentucky waterways from all across the state. Participation is required in 4 races in order to receive a ranking in the series. It will be a great way to introduce our competitors to other paddlers from around the state and share the beauty of our area to individuals who have never viewed the Cumberland.After paddling or spectating along the Cumberland River take time to enjoy Barbourville.Barbourville is a town rich in history with many firsts: 1750 Visit Dr. Thomas Walker State Park and see a replica of the first cabin in Kentucky 1775 First Trails and Roads—The Wilderness Road, Warriors Path and the Daniel Boone Trail known as the Boone Trace all cross in Knox County. 1800 Barbourville is the oldest town and was the largest and most progressive city south of Richmond 1861 Barbourville is the site of the first battle of the Civil War with casualties 1879 Union College, the first college in the mountainsPlease make plans to attend a festival or event, visit the Civil War Interpretative Park, Knox Historical Museum, Thompson RV Park, eat some great grub at our own KCBS BBQ Competition, Barbourville Water Park, fish along the Cumberland River or canoe, Hike ‘n Bike at Sandy Bottoms or at Union College’s Turner Outdoor Center, or cruise the night away with our newest event Knox Street Thunder.
European Judo Cup Top Ranking Sarajevo Open 2013 will be held this weekend in Sarajevo with more than 20 countries and more than 300 competitors participating.Today, a press conference was held and manager of BiH judo team Branislav Crnogorac said that it is an elite competition, because winners will get 100 points for the ranking list. Crnogorac noted that this is the eight tournament in BiH and hopes that this one, like all the previous ones, will be organised at a high level.He added that the best BIH judokas such as Larisa Cerić, Amel Mekić and Mitar Mrdić will participate at this completion and he is certain that BIH team will be successful.All matches will be held in KSC ‘Ilidža’ and the solemn opening ceremony will be held on Saturday (30 March) at 10 a.m. while the final matches will be played on Sunday at 4 p.m.
The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup is just a few weeks away and the stars of the previous editions of the tournament are now leading their respective nations on the world stage.Virat Kohli, captain of the senior Indian cricket team reflected on the impact his winning of the tournament back in 2008 had on his cricketing career. The now 29-year-old, who is arguably the best batsman of his generation and probably ever, credited ICC Under-19 World Cup for his development.”The ICC U-19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career. It helped us get a good platform to build on and make our careers from thereon, so it holds a very important place in my mind and heart. It’s very important to understand and respect the opportunity it provides you and as I said, for me, it holds a very special place in my heart,” he said.Kohli also recalled playing against current New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and his Australian counterpart, Steve Smith.”I remember playing against Kane. He was someone who always stood out in the team, his batting ability was very different from the other players who were around. Steve (Smith) I did not quite play against at the U-19 level, so I didn’t watch him bat, but he has come a long way in his career as well. It is good to know that so many people from that batch, not just three of us captaining our countries, but apart from that a lot of players have played for their respective countries,” he said.advertisementEchoing similar views, Williamson said that the ICC U-19 World Cup could prove to be a stepping stone for some of the cricketers.”It is a great stepping stone. Playing international cricket within your age group allows players to see slightly higher standards, the best of the best from the under-19 perspective, so (it is) a great tournament to be involved in,” he said.While explaining the importance of the tournament, Williamson said, “It is always fascinating as well that a number of guys you play against and play with, to see their progress. Often, when you meet players, you talk about the Under-19 World Cup. Each team had a few guys who are playing international cricket, which is good. You don’t get many opportunities to play World Cups, obviously at the top level – it is once every four years, if you are fortunate enough to be involved. So the opportunity to play at the age-group level is a very exciting opportunity and one that should be enjoyed.”While Kohli has consistently been top-ranked in both shorter versions of the game, Smith’s batting averages have been astounding in Test cricket with him being on the top spot in the ICC Test Player Rankings for two years. Williamson too is a regular in the top charts across formats.But then Joe Root of England, who played in the 2010 tournament, also enjoys a similar status in international cricket while Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan), Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka), Jason Holder (Windies) and Graeme Cremer (Zimbabwe) are among the others to have been at the helm.If Kohli led India to victory in 2008, Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed had done so in the edition preceding it. The Pakistan captain also has the distinction of leading his side to victory in a senior ICC competition, an epic win over favourites India in the 2017 Champions Trophy making it one of the most cherished moments in Pakistan’s history.Meanwhile, Michael Clarke (Australia), Michael Atherton (England), Virender Sehwag (India), Brendan McCullum (New Zealand), Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan), Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka), Graeme Smith (South Africa), Chris Gayle (Windies) and Tatenda Taibu (Zimbabwe) are among the leading players to come through the U19 CWC system.