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Denise Aquino and Patricia Destine are two women of color who are dedicated to promoting diversity within the sport of rowing. Both are former rowers turned coxswains turned coaches in the sport. Together they have almost 25 years of experience on the erg, at regattas, in the launch, or at the boathouse. No stranger to navigation or microphones, these former coxswains amplify what it’s like to navigate the topic of race within the white-dominated sport of rowing. Like most bodies of water, t ...
 
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#032 - Manny Valentin is the Head Boys’ Rowing Coach at Saratoga Rowing Association and identifies as an American with Puerto Rican lineage. In this episode, we talked about: How he identifies [1:22] Books Manny recommends for fellow Americans with Puerto Rican heritage [7:48] How Manny got into rowing [9:24] Advice for younger coaches [14:45] What…
 
#031 - Mayfield Vashti-Roberts and Keira Gotrell are both black high school rowers from Washington and New Jersey, respectively. In this episode, they talked about: What made Mayfield stay with rowing [3:57] Mayfield’s response to going to regattas and not see others that look like you [7:07] What would Mayfield tell coaches to improve the experien…
 
#030 - Jo Victorio is a Philippine American and the Head Coach of the NYU Rowing Team. In this episode, we talked about: How she got into rowing [2:00] Her team’s powerfully inclusive team culture [4:31] Advice for youth coaches on how to create a culture of inclusivity [7:13] How she got into coaching [16:02] Advice for collegiate coaches on how t…
 
#029 - Kadee Sylla is a black college rower at University of San Diego and 2019 U23 rower for Team USA. In this episode, we talked about: An obvious takeaway for collegiate coaches who want to diversify their team [11:15] What Kadee meant when she called her experience “interesting” [14:37] Kadee’s thoughts on being acknowledged as a person of colo…
 
#028 - Xavier Aniton is an 8-year rower, who served as team captain at both Shaker Heights High School in Ohio and Jacksonville University in Florida. In this episode, we talked about: Saying no to basketball and yes to rowing [1:35] Building a strong team culture on a boys high school team [7:23] Juggling rowing and academics in the role of a stud…
 
#027 - Gabi Heard is a Black and Puerto Rican rower at Jacksonville University. In this episode, we talked about: Gabi’s journey quitting and then returning to rowing [1:09] What the transition was like between college rowing and high school rowing [5:15] Tips for any high school athletes to keep focused on training during COVID [10:35] “Has being …
 
#026 - Francine Chew is a Jamaican American whose mother was a housekeeper, who attended Phillips Exeter, and who rowed as an undergraduate on the Yale Women’s Rowing Team in the 1990s and in Harvard in the early 2000s while she earned her MBA. In this episode, we talked about: How she got into rowing from Jamaica to Brooklyn to Phillips Exeter to …
 
#025 - Kevin Harris is the Head Women’s Rowing Coach at The University of Tulsa and T.C. Williams HS Alumus. In this episode he talks with Patricia and guest co-host, Keira Gotrell, on the best advice for recruitment, social issues like race, and many more. Episode Tips: - For recruiting high schoolers, get people who are going to bring in their fr…
 
#024 - Katherine Valdez is an Ecuadorian-American PR1 rower, which means she is an adaptive rower who rows using only her arms and shoulders. In this conversation she talks about how she started to row, moments she didn’t feel welcome outside of the boathouse, and advice for any future adaptive rowers. Tips: Learn the language Use people-first lang…
 
#023 - Lyss Villablanca returns to interview Jena Thompson and Char Rendon who are both members of the trans and non binary community. In this conversation they talk about coming out in the rowing world, toxic masculinity, and advice for rowing clubs to make their culture more inclusive. Hint: Start with language Offer a place to state pronouns on …
 
#022 - Four members of the Collegiate Rowers of Color met and discussed how they are doing at this time, what it's like being the only or few people of color on their team, and what they are doing (or wish they were doing) on their collegiate teams to face anti-blackness in rowing. Listen to their stories and learn from what they have to share with…
 
#021 - Imran Malik and Tina Trinh join Denise Aquino in an uninentionally all-Asian-American pride episode. Here we talk about privilege, discrimination, positive stereotypes, and what we as Asian Americans should do to support black lives. To follow Tina on her journey, find her on Instagram @awkwatinaa. To follow Imran on his journey, find him on…
 
#020 - David Banks competed as an Olympic rower in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. In addition, he is a Stanford graduate and has represented the US at the World Rowing level 2008-2014. Needless to say, he is someone that most black rowers look up to when rowing at the elite level. As such, his interviewers are those who have looked up to him as w…
 
#019 - Amilia Rosa, Lyss Villablanca, and Gustavo Diaz return for their second half of their conversation in Episode 019. In this episode, they cover the topics: overheard homophobic comments in the boathouse, the power of stereotypes, among many more. To get in touch with any of the guests, below are their Instagram handles: @averageamilia for Ami…
 
#017 - Michelle Sosa is a popular Hydrow athlete who is a proud Afro-Latina. In this interview, she shares her complex background growing up in the Midwest and journey to the rowing world. She talks about her complex background, growing up in the Midwest and going to school in Michigan. We hear a lot about Midwest culture through Michelle, with her…
 
#018 - Richard Butler is the Former Executive Director for Three Rivers Rowing, former Inclusion Manager for USRowing, and Indoor Rowing coach since 1983. His experience is the type that you don't want to ignore! In this episode he shares tips, best practices, and expertise on how to diversify our sport of rowing. We hope that the conversation in t…
 
#016 - On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, organizers and advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement called for people to show solidarity for black lives by posting a black square on folks' social media accounts, specifically Instagram. Within the American rowing community, this was done by many. Now, many are wondering what the next steps are for moving …
 
#015 - Amilia Rosa, Lyss Villablanca, and Gustavo Diaz are all part of the queer community and are rowers of color. In this episode, they cover the topics: if they were out when they were rowing (and why?), having a coxswain who identifies as trans, and coming out on a podcast episode, among many more. We hope that the conversation in this podcast …
 
#014 - Rowing in Color’s mission is to amplify the voices of color in rowing. Following George Floyd’s murder as a result of police brutality, there has been unrest like no other in our recent history. So much so, that our rowing world - including its white and nonwhite rowers - is feeling the unrest now more than ever. As a result, we created an I…
 
#013 - Gel Greene is a black entrepreneur and small business owner of GelPads. She is a former Division I rower for Southern Methodist University and former coach for University of Rochester. Her passion for inclusivity stems from her ability to integrate both rowing and art. In this episode she shares stories of inclusion success in addition to th…
 
#012 - Nowadays, Aquil Abdullah is a known athlete for the Hydrow indoor rowing machine. Before that, he was the first African-American rower to qualify for the Summer Olympics, the first African-American rower to win the Diamon Sculls race at Henley Royal Regatta in 2000, and first African-American rower to win a national championship in the singl…
 
#011 - Amaris Hinton is unlike many rowers, regardless of age or race. She talks about her 9-year rowing career starting as a 5’ 8” sixth grader at the Reach High program of Baltimore Community Rowing, which led to an elite rowing career on the 2015 U.S. Rowing Junior National Team, 2015-2016 Youth National Championships, and 2016 Henley Women’s Re…
 
#010 - Maurice Scott, Jr. was born and raised in Philadelphia and grew up seeing boats on the Schuykill River. As someone whose path led him to rowing, he has worked to give back to the sport by coaching at Philadelphia City Rowing and Row New York. Additionally, he brings visibility to people of color within the sport through his story, his perfor…
 
#009 - Marqus Brown finished first place in the Open Men's Event of CRASH-Bs this past March 2020. With humble beginnings in Fairmount Park, Marqus has over 10 years of Philadelphia-based rowing and coaching experience. His rowing career on Boathouse Row is nothing short of what is the American rowing tradition. Marqus is now training full time at …
 
#008 - Trinity Billingslea is the strongest womens rower in the history of Santa Clara University Rowing and 2020 invitee to USRowing's Under 23 Selection Camp. We hope her confidence and her catchphrase (which you'll hear during the episode!) will inspire you and those who might also feel they don't "see" themselves in the sport. We hope that the …
 
#007 - At the end of March, we asked podcast listeners to send us responses to the following question: what's one thing you want your white coach to know? Because rowing is a pricy sport that also requires access to bodies of water, it inherently has socio-economic barriers that make the sport inaccessible to those who aren't able to access bodies …
 
#006 - Tymir Green-Ellis is a Philadelphia-native and Senior rower at Johnson & Wales University where he is currently the only black rower on the team. In this interview he talks about his aspirations after college, as well as his experience being a Boathouse Sports Ambassador, coaching for Philadelphia City Rowing, and coaching for BLJ Community …
 
#005 - Arshay Cooper brings his message of hope when talking about the power of diversity in rowing. On March 27, 2020, his documentary “A Most Beautiful Thing” was scheduled to premiere. However, it was postponed due to the shelter in place which was placed in an effort to flatten the curve against coronavirus. In our conversation, we talk about h…
 
#004 - Daphne Martschenko is a London-born American rower, who holds the title of being the first person of color to compete in The Boat Race since its inception in 1856. Not only does she hold the title of being a Stanford University rowing alumna, but she also holds a Ph.D in Education from the University of Cambridge. Currently, She resides in C…
 
#003: Chierika “Coco” Ukogu is a recently graduated orthopedic surgeon, Stanford University rowing alumna, and American-born Nigerian professional rower. To top that all off, she competed as Nigeria’s first ever rower in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro… Pause. Re-read the previous two sentences again, more slowly, and for dramatic effect…
 
#002: While recorded during Black History Month, we will amplify Black voices anytime and every time. The interviewee of our second episode is Patricia Destine, who is the co-host of Rowing in Color. She is a Haitian American coxswain turned rower turned rowing coach who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her experiences chronicle what it was like to lea…
 
#001: Welcome to Rowing in Color, where we publish interviews from Black History Month only a month later. We kick the season off by interviewing Dwayne Adams, Sr. He is the founder and executive director of Breaking Barriers Rowing & Fitness, which is a non profit organization located in Delaware. Its mission is to help youth (both with and withou…
 
NAVIGATING THE FOURFOLD PATHWAY OF INTIMACY ALCHEMY, with Michael Gelbart LCSWInthisepisode, Michael intelligently shares the 4 fold pathway of the alchemy of intimate relationships. Explore the endings, beginnings, ins & outs of ongoing relationship. Differentiate between being taken away into inspiration & taken down into a trap. Learn what to do…
 
TANTRA & ADDICTION RECOVERY with, Akasha Prem Ganga. A playful metaphysician. She hasstudied with Sages and Guru’s from around the world, including Margot Anand,Dr. John LaTourette, Werner Earhardt and others. Native American, Hindu,Taoist, Tibetan and South African technique. She practices various healing arts including meditation,self-hypnosis, r…
 
INTUITION IN THE QUEST FOR LOVE with Master Rose Love. Inventor of the Human Pod. Extensive expertise in the areas of Reiki, Crystal healing, Tibetian & Crystal Singing bowl healing, Tai Chi/Chi Gung, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbology, Quantum Physics, Cellular Biology and Vibrational Medicine. Director of Beyond Medicine Wellness Center in C…
 
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