Mike Cichanowski, owner and founder of Wenonah Canoe, Inc. recently received “The LaBrant Award” from the United States Canoe Association. Originally established in 1980, the award recognizes individuals from both the canoeing public and the outdoor industry,nationally and internationally, that have shown outstanding contributions to the sport of canoeing.
Cichanowski was presented the award at the 2013 USCA winter meeting in Tarpon Springs, FL. The award, a limited edition print by nationally known outdoor artist Fred Montague, is named after Howie LaBrant, one of the founders of the United States Canoe Association. Entitled “Quite Passage” it depicts a scene of a couple paddling leisurely on an idealized river.
“It’s a great honor and I appreciate the recognition”, Cichanowski said in his acceptance speech, “It’s a really neat piece. As a collector of a wide array of historical canoeing art and memorabilia from around the world, this award will be displayed proudly.”
Mike joins the likes of Eugene Jensen and Verlen Kruger as notable canoe designers and boat builders to have received the award.
About Wenonah Canoe, Inc.
Established formally in 1968 in Winona, Minnesota, Wenonah Canoe has roots reaching back to the 1950’s. The company is the outgrowth of a lifelong devotion to paddling by Mike Cichanowski, who began canoeing as a young Boy Scout, and who began manufacturing canoes while still in college. Today, Wenonah Canoe and its Current Designs and QCC kayaks brands place them among the largest makers of paddle sport boats in the world, with emphasis on ultra-light and high-performance models. Nearly 400 knowledgeable paddle sports retailers throughout the world distribute their boats and accessories.