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Nouria Newman

A native of Villaret du Nial (a small village the French Alps) Nouria began kayaking at the age of 5 on the calm Isere River. Despite spending several years primarily racing slalom (an Olympic discipline), she continued to freestyle and extreme kayak alongside her career as a top athlete and her political science studies in Toulouse. After achieving the title of vice world champion in 2013, she struggled to make a comeback after injury in 2015 and decided to press the reset button! She gave up her Olympic dream and the artificial white water stadiums to go back to her first love: the river. Today, at the age of 28, she travels with her kayak in search of not only white water but also human adventures: discovering new cultures, exploring, broadening her mind, sharing and meeting people across the globe.

Nouria comes to VIMFF to present a multi media presentation on her quest to paddle some of the worlds most remote and wild rivers, and will also screen two short films documenting her adventures.