CAOO Congratulates Medalists of the US National Sprint Race Championships 

Congratulations to Bob Balk, Derrick Mertowski and Colin Gooley who earned gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the 500-meter V1 United States Canoe Association’s National Sprint Race Championships for Paddlers with Disabilities in Lock Haven, Pa. on August 12, 2014. CAOO provided coaching and equipment for these paddlers.

Thank You Buffalo Bills Alumni


CAOO President, Jan Whitaker stands between Vice President Lou Piccone and President Ed Rutkowski at the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation's Annual Luncheon & Charity Check Presentation in Buffalo, N.Y. For the 11th consecutive year, the Bills Alumni chose to support Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana's Warfighter Sports Program for wounded veterans, this year, with a donation of $5,000. Sincere thanks for helping us rebuild lives through sports.

Jan Whitaker and Debbie Page Win 2014 Havens Leadership Award

The award recognizes practices and behaviors that best serve the interests and success of USA Canoe/Kayak by improving performance, creating efficiencies or enhancing quality within the sport. The winners were selected by the USA Canoe/Kayak Board of Directors after a nomination process among USA Canoe/Kayak members.  Read more...

CAOO supports John Robinson's Journey 

With the goal of raising awareness of the ability inside all people with disabilities, Our Ability will lead the largest event ever for People with Disabilities in New York State beginning June 23 with the Journey Along the Erie Canal, a 17-day bike ride starting in Buffalo and ending in Albany. Read more...

Bob Stopper of Wayne County Life reports on John Robinson's Journey along the Erie Canal...Read more

Paracanoeist Bob Balk Receives Paralympic Honor

U.S. Paralympics announced that U.S. Paralympian Bob Balk received the 2013 Paralympic Order from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the highest honor a person can receive in the Paralympic Movement at the 2013 Paralympic Awards Gala in Athens, Greece. Read more…

Remembering John D. Eichner

The Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana (Family) mourns the passing of John D. Eichner, one of our founding members. John will be with us in heart and mind as we remember his smile, his friendliness and his joy of paddling. To honor John’s memory and his enjoyment of competing in our inclusive community event, CAOO will inscribe “In Memory of John D. Eichner” on theadaptive paddle his used and rename Rochester River Challenge Golden Masters Division, the John D. Eichner Memorial Golden Masters Division.   

Special thanks to members of John’s family and friends who contributed memorial gifts to CAOO in his honor.


Jan Whitaker, President