Ready, Row! USA
PODCAST EPISODE #89
During one of the most challenging years in recent history, Denise Aquino and Patricia Destine, two rowers-turned-coxswains-turned-coaches who met while coaching at Row New York, have leveraged their love of rowing and their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to build a vibrant community of advocates within the sport. The pair launched the “Rowing in Color” podcast in January 2020 to amplify the voices of color in rowing.
Using a mission-oriented approach, Patricia and Denise continue to build out the organization, developing trainings, webinars, collaborations, consulting, and other types of publishing and advocacy. The leading athletic-wear company JL Racing launched a special line of RIC rowing apparel, and their Instagram account recently topped 5,000 followers – just saying!
“We’re constantly amazed at the feedback we’ve been getting from people we admire and who want to help us grow the movement.” – Patricia Destine, Row New York coach & Rowing In Color co-founder
Both proudly identify as women of color; Denise as Filipina American and Patricia as Haitian American. Drawing on their personal experience, they highlight what it is like to navigate as a person of color within this white-dominated sport. Denise has recently taken a position as National Inclusion Program Manager for the famed George Pocock Rowing Foundation.
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