Lately, the name of Timothy Alan Dennis or also known as Ted Dennis has become a kind of rising star in the world of canoeing. We’re talking about a world-class canoe athlete here whose achievements are no joke at all. Recently, he’s the member of USA canoe and also kayak national team specializing in slalom canoe division. This athlete was born in Riverdale, Georgia back in May 28, 1984. Peachtree City is where he grew up and in that city he also attended McIntosh High School. He graduated in 2002.
His love towards canoeing and kayaking started when Tad Dennis was still a boy. It was when he was still 7 years old, Tad found his love in kayaking. The one responsible in creating such passion for Tad Dennis was his father. Tad’s father literally throw the kayak boat in front of his son and started teaching him everything he knew about kayaking. And it turned out that Tad was really in love with kayaking. Tad always practiced with his father when he was still a boy. And 4 years after that, when he was 11 years old, he entered his first sport tournament of whitewater slalom. Since then, he has become the member of US National Team for the cadet age group.
For 2 years, Tad was always competing in the division of solo kayak. When he was 14 years old, he then switched the division to men’s single canoe division. Until the age of 17, Tad Dennis was the member of the US National Team for its junior age group. And back in 2001, he won his first international championship even though it was not the first position. He finished at the fourth position during the Junior World Cup race which was held in Prague, Czech Republic.
Since then, Tad often joined in competitions and won some of them. However, something bad happened to him. He suffered from injury which forced him to go on hiatus for several years. He was in a terrible car accident that happened in August of 2004. In that accident, his truck rolled off when he drove it at a mountain road. And because of that, his left leg was crushed and his left hand was broken. As if it was not enough for him, an accident happened again. It was when Tad felt like everything was getting better and he was ready to paddle again.
But, then, he found that his L1 vertebra which is located in his back was fractured. That condition happened when he was running the Great Falls at the Potomac River. With such injury, Tad needed to stay away from paddling for several more months. But it did not make him forget his love to kayaking and canoeing. He started his passion again after fully recovered from the injury back in 2006 during the summer. And even he had been on hiatus for four years, it did not make his skills rusty. As the proof, in that same year after his comeback, Tad successfully claimed the 8th position during the US National Championship which was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Then his achievements got even better.
In the spring of 2007, Tad was successful in gaining the 3rd position during 2007 USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trials. And because of that, Tad gained the third and also the last place on the men’s C1 division of the US National Team. The following year, during spring 2008, 3d position was successfully achieved during the moment of US Olympic Team Trials held at the US National Whitewater Center. Sadly, even with such achievement, Tad was not successful in gaining the title to represent the United States in Summer Olympic Games in 2008.
Instead, his teammate Benn Fraker was selected. In order to keep the ends meet, in addition to kayaking, he also works at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport as an air traffic controller. Even though he is currently busy working, he always tries to find the moment to keep on paddling. He trains every day without any break at all and his training routine combines mountain biking, running, flat-water paddling, weight lifting, and many other necessary exercises to make sure he is always in the peak of the shape. And surely, he trains even further whenever there’s a competition coming.