Title: Head Coach
Courses Taught: Environmental Science and Media Productions
Competed for the Canadian National Team
My name is Kalob Grady, I am 23 years old and this is my first year with World Class Academy. I grew up on the banks of the Ottawa River, in the Ottawa Valley and have been kayaking since the age of 9. Kayaking began as a family activity for me and has grown into the defining aspect of life over the past 15 years. I started competing for the Canadian National Team at 13 years old and began teaching for the Ottawa Kayak School in 2011. In 2015, Canada hosted the Freestyle Kayak World Championships on the Ottawa River and being able to represent Canada on my home river and finish in the Top 10 has been a major highlight in my kayaking career.
Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure of exploring, competing and teaching throughout 17 countries across 4 continents. As I gain experience from new rivers, different scenarios, and unique cultures, teaching and coaching have become a much bigger aspect of my kayaking career; fueling the passion, sharing my personal experience and inspiring the future generations of kayakers has become as big of a personal goal for me as running big waterfalls, exploring new rivers or reaching the podium at big events.
Through friends who attended and other friends who taught at WCA, I began to hear about the amazing experiences that lay within this institution. I realized quickly that working at WCA could help alleviate much of the jealousy I feel for students who get to attend it! I am so excited to be joining WCA for my first year and I cannot wait for all of the new rivers and experiences that lay ahead for the staff and the students.