26 episodes

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, the tide is changing; there are more American rowers of color than there has ever been. You’ll hear from people who represented the U.S. in international races to folks who just started to row this year. Tune in to listen to a mix of interviews, special co-hosts, and tag-team shows from hosts, Denise and Patricia. Whether a rower or not, you’re not going to want to miss. Hit subscribe and enjoy.

Rowing in Color Denise Aquino & Patricia Destine

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    • 4.9, 26 Ratings

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, the tide is changing; there are more American rowers of color than there has ever been. You’ll hear from people who represented the U.S. in international races to folks who just started to row this year. Tune in to listen to a mix of interviews, special co-hosts, and tag-team shows from hosts, Denise and Patricia. Whether a rower or not, you’re not going to want to miss. Hit subscribe and enjoy.

    Katherine Valdez: Ecuadorian American PR1 Para-Rower Teaches us to "See the Able, Not the Label"

    Katherine Valdez: Ecuadorian American PR1 Para-Rower Teaches us to "See the Able, Not the Label"

    #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...

    • 52 min
    Pride Episode #4: Trans and Non Binary Visibility Matters

    Pride Episode #4: Trans and Non Binary Visibility Matters

    #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...

    • 42 min
    Collegiate Rowers of Color Speak Out

    Collegiate Rowers of Color Speak Out

    #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...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Pride Episode #3: Asian-American Queers Unpack Privilege, Discrimination, and Black Lives Matter

    Pride Episode #3: Asian-American Queers Unpack Privilege, Discrimination, and Black Lives Matter

    #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...

    • 44 min
    David Banks: Two-Time Olympic Rower and Role Model Talks Importance of Diversity with Daphne Martschenko and Tymir Green-Ellis

    David Banks: Two-Time Olympic Rower and Role Model Talks Importance of Diversity with Daphne Martschenko and Tymir Green-Ellis

    #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...

    • 55 min
    Pride Episode #2: Unpacking Homophobia, Stereotypes, & Coming Out as "Bisweptual"

    Pride Episode #2: Unpacking Homophobia, Stereotypes, & Coming Out as "Bisweptual"

    #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...

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

A. Hinton ,

This podcast is so important

I’m so grateful to have discovered Rowing in Color. Denise and Patricia have created a platform that is very special to the people of color in rowing. As a black rower (college), it has been incredibly motivational to hear the success stories of the rowers who have helped pave the way and I’m grateful for being given the opportunity to share my own journey.

I don’t think there is a more relevant time than now to address some of the major shortcomings within our sport. I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation amongst my own teammates and the network of rowers of color I have found through this podcast. Please continue.

Allison Ray ,

Thank you.

This is such an important Podcast for the rowing community and truly the sport community. Thank you.

Charbuckrower ,

So important!

Thank you so much for doing this work and lifting up black voices and POC in rowing!!

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