What rowing moment you are most proud of?
Participating in the Head of the Charles regatta.
How has rowing shaped you?
It has saved my life. My rowing friends kept my spirits up as I worked through the death of a son, a divorce that ended a 26-year marriage, and breast cancer. Through it all, rowing kept me going. I am SO happy to see the sun rise every day and know I have friends and rowing to help create new memories. I’m proud of my other son – a loving husband and father of a 4 year old boy and 2 month old baby girl.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome to row your best?
Maintaining an appropriate mental attitude.
What are the biggest life lessons you’ve learned from rowing?
I have athletic ability. I am coachable. I have an idea what my mental and physical limits might be. I can be a positive asset to a group – be it a team, rowing club, etc. Physical activity (especially rowing, but also tennis, bike riding, hiking, snow skiing, and walking) helps me stay mentally positive (endorphins alive!).
What inspires you to keep rowing?
The positive effect the sport has on my wellbeing – mentally and physically.
What club or team are you currently rowing with?
Atlanta Rowing Club.
What do you like most about rowing a single or with others?
I like the team / companion / social aspect of the sport.
What are you currently working towards as a rower? as a competitor?
As a rower – having as many different rowing experiences as possible. As a competitor – using my technique to make me a more powerful rower.
What advice do you have for other women rowers?
Listen to your body.
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