The Newport Aquatic Center was founded in 1982 and built in 1987 as a non-profit corporation offering the public unique opportunities in the Olympic water sports of rowing, canoeing, kayaking and outrigger canoe competition.
Jon Van Cleave – Treasurer and Secretary
Jon was a member of the 1980 Olympic Sprint Kayak Team.
He was a member of the U.S. National Sprint Kayak Team from 1978 – 1983.
He placed 1st in the World Championship Outrigger Distance Championships in 1978, 1981 and 1982.
Recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal.
James Netzer – Facility Committee Chair
Principal Netzer and Associates Real Estate Appraisal and Consulting
Jim’s wife is a member of the NAC Women’s Outrigger Team and both his son and daughter were members of the NAC Junior Rowing Team. His daughter went on to be an assistant coach in the Junior Rowing program.
Project Manager in the Construction Division of Craig Realty
He is a founding member of the NAC.
Greg started paddling outrigger canoes at the age of 14. He also paddles flat water kayaks and is a long-distance cyclist.
Linda (YaYa) Hay
President, Innovative Computer Products, Inc. (ICPI) Providing PC Applications training, consulting and programming solutions to large and small companies
YaYa manages the NAC’s Women on Water (WOW) rowing program. She fell in love with rowing as an adult and has been involved at the NAC for the last 13 years. You can find her most mornings at NAC in the weight room, ergging or on the water.
Kyle was a three-year Varsity rower at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He participates as a general member who loves to row, kayak, and paddle.