For the Cumberland Times-News
MCHENRY — Jay Redmond has been named event coordinator for the International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Championships to be held in September 2014 at the Adventure Sports Center International, according to Deep Creek 2014 Executive Director Todd Copley.
Redmond will be involved in the overall planning and event management for Deep Creek 2014, and the preworlds test event this May at the 1,700-foot long adjustable whitewater course atop Marsh Mountain. He assumes the position after serving as the first sports and special events director for the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, a position he held until 2009, where he launched a series of permanent annual events aimed at boosting the city’s economic vitality.
Redmond holds a cum laude master’s degree in sports management from West Virginia University, where he also studied law and journalism.
“Garrett County recognizes that major sports and special events bring people to an area who would not ordinarily have visited,” Redmond said. Deep Creek 2014 is “a very high-profile event that will attract people from all over the world. It’s a huge coup for the county.”
Deep Creek 2014 is expected to attract 30,000 to 50,000 spectators and athletes from some 50 countries over six days, beginning Sept. 16, 2014, according to Copley and the Deep Creek 2014 Host Organizing Committee.
The smaller-scaled test event, May 14 to 19, will feature U.S. team trials and help organizers tweak equipment, communications and other logistics at the site.
Redmond will oversee the nuts and bolts of the world whitewater competitions including site preparation, vendor coordination, food and beverage operations, and equipment needs, while also overseeing logistical issues including parking, transportation and communications.
With a multidisciplinary background in management, sales, marketing, operations and public relations, he founded several popular annual events in Morgantown and originated WVU’s Final Seconds Shootout, a contest copied by basketball arenas nationwide. Redmond also attracted the Girls’ Basketball Association, West Virginia Special Olympics, the West Virginia Senior Sports Classic and the West Virginia BASS Federation to Morgantown, which led to the creation of a series of annual events.
The Adventure Sports Center International opened in 2007 and operates the world’s only mountaintop river park from April through October featuring adjustable water features while the course is running. ASCI also manages whitewater releases on the Savage River and serves as a venue for a variety of adventure sports activities.