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Finding Strength and Recovery Through Rowing

Finding Strength and Recovery Through Rowing

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are highlighting one of our Team JL Ambassadors, Michelle Lyons, who discovered rowing after going through treatment for breast cancer. Read about how Michelle's breast cancer journey led her to find the sport and community of rowing. 
Team JL Spotlight: Joanne Culley

Team JL Spotlight: Joanne Culley

Team JL Ambassador Joanne Culley may not have been introduced into the rowing world until she was 43 years old, but she has been loving every minute of it for the last 10 years. Joanne prefers the wildness of rowing at sea over flat water rowing, starting with gig rowing, and more recently - coastal rowing. Keep reading to learn about gig rowing vs coastal rowing, the exciting World Pilot Gig Championships, and Joanne's goals for Coastal World Championships this year. 
JL Spotlight: Kateryna Maistrenko

JL Spotlight: Kateryna Maistrenko

Kateryna (Katya) Maistrenko grew up around rowing. Her mom and dad both represented their countries in the 1988 and 1972 Olympics, respectively. They built and operated a large rowing center in Ukraine while Katya grew up. It was only natural that she started rowing when she was just 9 years old. Throughout her rowing career, Katya has rowed on the Ukrainian National Team, as well as for an NCAA Division I school in Washington. She was in the US when the war broke out in Ukraine. She found comfort by continuing to train on the water while also fundraising to support the people of Ukraine. 
Mother's Day 2022 Gift Guide

Mother's Day 2022 Gift Guide

Whether they are biological or not, moms play such an integral part in our lives. This Mother's Day, consider giving your favorite crew mom a gift to show them how much you appreciate them. Not sure where to start? We've curated a list of gifts for the moms that row, and the moms that help support rowing teams. Check out these perfect Mother's Day gifts!
Team JL Spotlight: Rusna Sangha

Team JL Spotlight: Rusna Sangha

Team JL Ambassador, Rusna Sangha is working to increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the sport of rowing, one stroke at a time. After joining her local rowing team, she realized that although there were similarities between her and the other rowers, there was one thing that made her different: She was one of only three BIPOC athletes on the team. By the end of her novice year, she was the only BIPOC athlete left on the team. Read about Rusna's story, and her goals for not only herself as a rower, but for increasing DEI in rowing as a community.
Team JL Spotlight: Gianna Perugini

Team JL Spotlight: Gianna Perugini

Determined, adaptable, and dedicated are three words Team JL Ambassador, Gianna Perugini, uses to describe herself as an athlete. From rower to coxswain to adaptive rower, Gianna has loved being involved in the sport of rowing since she was 9 years old. 
One Rowing Stroke at a Time - Surviving Stage 3 Breast Cancer for 20 Years

One Rowing Stroke at a Time - Surviving Stage 3 Breast Cancer for 20 Years

Former rower, Beth Gardner, has published her book, One Rowing Stroke at a Time - Surviving Stage 3 Breast Cancer for 20 Years. "The book takes the reader down my journey of battling stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 30. In short, I was diagnosed one month after my 30th birthday, one year after retiring from the elite sport of Rowing and 3 weeks before running my first marathon," she said. "Without having the firsthand experience as an elite level of rower AND having been coached by both the late Igor Grinko and late Ted Allison Nash, I may not have had the will to beat the non-discriminatory disease."
Team JL Ambassador Training To Row Across The Atlantic

Team JL Ambassador Training To Row Across The Atlantic

On this National Girls and Women in Sports Day, we join in on recognizing student-athletes, champion athletes, coaches, administrators and lawmakers committed to providing equitable access to sports for all girls and women. We would like to highlight one of our Team JL ambassadors, Rachel Smillie, who is currently training to rowing across the Atlantic Ocean with two other women. 
Mother's Day 2021  Gift Guide

Mother's Day 2021 Gift Guide

This Mother's Day show your crew mom — biological or otherwise — how much you appreciate her and all that she does for you by giving her the gear she needs to enjoy what she loves. If you're not sure where to start, take a look at these Mother's Day 2021 gift ideas, ranging in price, for your favorite crew mom this year.