US visa opens up new kayak challenges

Keeping her head above water

Extreme canoeist Nouria Newman is in search of new adventures after managing to be recognised as a sports professional and getting a visa for the US, The Connexion discovers

French watersports queen Nouria Newman is seeking new challenges now she has been recognised as a professional sportswoman – and got her US visa at the second attempt.

Nouria, 28, said: “My visa got denied because I don’t have a stable situation.

“I had to hire a lawyer but I have it now. It’s all good but it was hard not to be able to compete in the extreme kayaking world championships this year.”

The multi-talented kayaker grew up in the ski resort of Val d’Isère and is more at home battling white water than walking the streets of a city, but the biggest races are in the US, with prize money to fund her career.

Nouria Newman, says expeditions and meeting people are more important to her than the kayaking itself

In her first visa interview, officials at the US embassy in Paris told her to come back when she had a “proper job”, not recognising her professional status in the sport.

“My first attempt got denied because my situation doesn’t quite fit in the forms and it ...

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