kayaking champion Josh Turner, left, and Chickasaw Nation
Governor Bill Anoatubby visited recently concerning Josh's
goal of making the U.S. Olympic Team.
HOUSTON A Chickasaw kayaker placed first in the 16K U.S.
Marathon Trials held here June 6.
Josh Turner bested 20 other kayakers to take the top medal with
a time of 1:37 in the race which is just shy of 10 miles.
Josh began his career in kayaking in a canoe and kayak league
started by OKC Riversport and the Chickasaw Nation. The 17-year-old
Mustang High School student - he will be a senior this autumn
is dedicated to making the U.S. Olympic Team. Winning here helped,
but six other competitions between June and October will be high
on the list of selecting members of the U.S. team, he said. It will
probably be in early 2016 before team members are selected, he added.
Until then, he remains a very busy young man.
Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said that Josh Turner
has a great work ethic.
"Josh is successful because he has set meaningful goals and
works diligently to make the most of his natural abilities," said
Gov. Anoatubby. "It is inspiring to see his dedication and commitment
to this sport at such a young age."
In July, he will venture to San Diego for Nationals in the 200,
400 and 1,000 meter races, both individually and with a new rowing
partner, Miles Baker, a 16-year-old from Bethany, Oklahoma.
"We are trying to put a four-man team together to compete, too,"
Josh said. The team would be comprised of Baker, Garrett Wampler,
Anthony Moore and Josh.
His training regimen is on the shorter races for now, but when
he heads to Marathon World later in the summer, he will be competing
alone in a 26K race. Twenty-six kilometers is approximately 16.1
miles and will require more than two hours to finish, Josh said.
That competition is in Hungary. "I will be really busy with six
competitions over the next four or five months," Josh added.
At the Houston 16K race Josh was impressed with the level of
competition. "There were good competitors there, but I kept pushing
until I pulled ahead," he said.
The son of Chickasaws Jerry and Sandra Turner, also of Mustang,
trains twice a day with his coach Andy Guiardinu at the Boathouse
in Oklahoma City. In typical Chickasaw fashion, when asked what
it felt like to be a national champion, Josh said: "it doesn't feel
any different from before. I am focused on the future of making
To learn more about this dedicated Chickasaw youth, visit www.chickasaw.tv/home/video/cntv-july-15-2014-josh-turner-youth-kayaking-champion/list/news