Elizabeth "Bunny" Johns: Nominee for 2017 International Whitewater Hall of Fame: ADVOCATE class
Active in Whitewater Paddling: 1959-2015
Bunny Johns quietly and humbly revolutionized how whitewater kayaking and canoeing was taught. Her facilitation of how the process, technique and safety of whitewater paddling instruction is taught and shared across the USA and abroad, quickly impacted both new paddlers and developing to elite instructors in the late 1970s and 1980s. Her collaborative and empowerment-based leadership style, combined with her rigorously scientific and relentlessly questioning, research-based approach supported and guided a period of profound transformation of whitewater kayaking instruction from the late 1970s all through the 1990s – with these same methods used today to quickly and most effectively introduce and spread the sport of whitewater paddling.