Hometown: Gig Harbor, WA
Club: Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team
High School: Peninsula High School
College/University: I plan on going to Oklahoma City University
Area of Study/Major: I would study exercise science/kinesiology
2014 U.S. Junior National Team Member
- 2014 ICF Junior & U23 World Championships: 18th in Jr. K1W 200m
- 2014 Lake Placid International: 1st in U18 K1W 200m and 2nd in U18 K1W 500m
- 2013 National Championships: 1st in Jr. K1W 500m
- 2013 Lake Placid International: 1st in Jr. K1W 500m, 1st in Jr. K2W 500m with Natalie Griffin
At what age did you start paddling and how did you become involved in the sport?
I started paddling in Alan [Anderson]’s development summer camp when I was 12 or 13. My younger brother had been in the program for fun and one day I decided to join him.Where and when was your first competition, and how did you do?
My first competition was in Canada at the Bantom’s Chance regatta in the fall after my first summer camp. That is where the big moment came when Coach Alan asked me to join the racing team.
What has inspired you to train and compete at an International level?
Very early in my training I felt a connection in a kayak. Ever since then God has blessed me with the determination and will to compete at whatever level I can get to.
What is your preference - individual or team boats, and why?
In the US it is hard to be able to make this decision because there aren’t enough paddlers to have your own distance or special race. Although if I had to choose, I would say K-1 because it’s just me, God, my boat and the water.
What race distance do you prefer, and why?
200 meter hands down! It is a full out sprint and is just as fun to race as it is to watch.
What has been your biggest accomplishment(s) in the sport?
Most likely competing in Hungary at the Olympic Hopes Regatta, where I placed 5th in the 200. Although, helping my club, GHCKRT, win the national championships is definitely a huge accomplishment!
What is the best advice you have been given and who offered it to you?
What has definitely helped me this past season is “this is mine, you can’t have it”- from coach Alan Anderson who has also told me to “just clear my mind and stop thinking so much!” , it’s a bit contradictory but I usually end up doing both somehow.
Tell us about your current training schedule? Describe an average day for you?
As of now, Natalie Griffin (my K-2 partner) and I will be training in our team boat to prepare for Junior Worlds which is later this summer. Which means water workouts everyday along with running and core or a weight workout. Every week also consists of a morning workout or two on the water, until our camp draws closer and our workouts will become more frequent.What do you do for fun and relaxation?
Eat. Sleep. Friends.
What would you like to do after your Canoe/Kayak career is over?
I would like to have already finished my degree in exercise science and nutrition or sports psychology and start my career as an athletic trainer in the Olympic training centers that I get to train in now.
What is your favorite thing about the sport of Canoe/Kayak? Do you have any special memory that you would like to share?
My favorite thing about kayaking is how it has shaped my life. I meet some of the best people ever, I compete around the country/world and most importantly it has made me a stronger person mentally, physically, and spiritually. I just spent half an hour trying to come up with my favorite memory, but in all honesty there are none that stand out more than the rest, my kayak career as a whole will be my favorite memory!
What is your goal for the 2013 season?
Lord willing- I will place in the A or B final at Junior Worlds.
What is your dream goal?
To compete in the summer Olympics in either 2016- Rio de Janeiro or in 2020.
USA Canoe/Kayak Announces Sr. and Jr. National Sprint Teams
April 24, 2014
USA Canoe/Kayak would like to congratulate the athletes who have met the selection criteria and will be representing Team USA this summer.
Year in Review: Flatwater Sprint
Dec. 04, 2013
In the first season since the retirement of three-time Olympian Carrie Johnson, the battle for women’s kayak supremacy was wide open. Among a host of Oklahoma City-based paddlers, Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) emerged as a potent threat in both kayak singles and doubles.
RECAP: 2013 U.S. Sprint National Championships
Aug. 08, 2013
Based in Gig Harbor, Wash., GHCKRT won its second consecutive Sprint National Championship team title under Head Coach Alan Anderson. The club takes home the Yonkers Trophy with 28 athletes accumulating 473.5 points.
RECAP: 2013 Junior/Under-23 Sprint World Championships
July 30, 2013
Six US boats record Top 20 finishes Sunday, making nine total boats on the weekend. Ryan Dolan’s 11th place finish in men’s Under-23 K1 200m punctuated Sunday’s performances.
RECAP: 2013 Lake Placid International
July 12, 2013
The 2013 Lake Placid International also served as the U.S. ParaCanoe Team Trials. Team USA will compete at the 2013 U.S. ParaCanoe World Championships Team, to be held as part of the 2013 Sprint World Championships in Duisburg Germany, Aug. 28-Sept. 1.
2013 Senior, Junior, U23 and OHR Teams Announced
April 28, 2013
Congratulations to the athletes selected to represent Team USA!