Ann Yoshida


Event/Discipline: Paracanoe, VL1
Hometown: Mililani, Hawaii 
Current Residence: Hillsboro, Oregon

2015 Paracanoe World Championships Team Member

Recent Results:

  • 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships - 2nd in VL1 Women 200m (non-world championship event)

Career Highlights:

  • 2013 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) Women’s V-1 A 200m Sprint, Bronze
  • 2012 IVF Va’a World Sprint (Calgary, Canada) Women’s V-1 A 200m Sprint, Bronze
  • First adaptive paddler on TeamUSA Canoe/Kayak from Hawaii (where outrigger canoeing has significant roots and developed into a competitive sport for adaptive paddlers)

Life of Sports:

Since February 2000, Ann has been competitive in various adaptive sports, such as wheelchair tennis, racing, surfing, outrigger canoeing, off-road hand-cycling and paddle boarding. 

Life Mission:

Be balanced in mind, body, and soul and to open the healing powers of the world to other athletes. 

Fun Facts: 

As the only daughter of Ronald and Nina Yoshida, Ann grew up in Hawaii with two older brothers. She is a professional in the field of Rehabilitation and after a three-year hiatus working as an Associate professor in the Occupational Therapy department at Far East University in Korea, she returned to the United States where she devotes her life to community inclusion for people of all abilities. She is now pursuing a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy at Pacific University and has found great joy in the field of health. Ann seems to enjoy her collection of friends named Heather as they are supportive in her efforts as a paddler. She also says that with out her wonderful support from friend and family, she would not be living the life she does.


Surfing, painting, traveling, learning five essential phrases in various languages, and playing the ukulele and piano.

Favorite Food after a Workout:

Coconut water

Life Motto:

When we focus on being normal, we exclude the possibility of being extraordinary.

Advice to Others:

Learn to hold your breath and float!