Sam first met Nassan when he was working as a labourer for an old boss in Uganda. Nassan was honest, hard working and trustworthy and his English (and sense of humour) was excellent!
After hearing of Nassan's eagerness to learn kayaking, and some discussions with Nassan's boss a plan was born. They scrounged some rubbish kayaking kit, and Sam took Nassan under his wing for a couple months of kayak schools - Nassan took to it like a duck to water! Within two months he was running the main rafting lines of the mighty White Nile and has continued improving at an alarming rate since then. Over these two months, various paddlers from around the globe, impressed with his attitude on and off the water, donated some kit to him and Nassan is now working regularly as a raft guide and kayaker for NRE - the premier rafting company on the Nile.
Nassan has now got a partner in crime Henry Kitmeo, who has been paddling not much longer, and goes as hard as anyone on the river. These two thrive off each other's paddling, they are constantly improving and are great fun guys to be on the river with.
They were both presented with awards at the 2006 Nile Freestyle Festival, Henry for up and coming paddler and Nassan for best new paddler. Watch out world, because the new school of Ugandan paddlers are coming... and these two are leading the way!
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