Every August, the day before their season starts, the Women’s Soccer team at UNC Asheville gets together to “bond” as a team. New freshman have just arrived on campus, literally saying goodbye to their parents hours earlier. Upperclassmen are moving in to their roles as the new leaders of the team. It’s a perfect opportunity for a day of fun to break the ice and get the season started on the right foot.
This year the Lady Bulldogs chose to spend their day on the French Broad River. They decided that the calm water trip would be the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation and camraderie. The team met at their Asheville campus and carpooled to our Hot Springs outpost (they wanted to be environmentally conscious). The day proved to be a beautiful one, sunny and warm, and the scenery was beautiful.
Most of them were new to whitewater, but the women of UNC Asheville turned out to be naturals at whitewater paddling. They all took duckies, inflatable kayaks known for their sense of independent spirit. But with twenty-four women together on the water, it was all about helping their fellow teammates. The ladies worked together to find the best waves and the smoothest routes, and they had an awesome day all-around.
We here at French Broad Rafting Expeditions were delighted to have the Women of UNC Asheville Soccer on the river with us, and we hope that their season is a succesful one. Good Luck Bulldogs!