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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, 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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    • 5.0 • 44 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.

    Alia Komsany, Ph.D: Breaking Barriers for Muslim Women in Rowing, interviewed by Sadia Moumita

    Alia Komsany, Ph.D: Breaking Barriers for Muslim Women in Rowing, interviewed by Sadia Moumita

    #051 - Alia Komsany Ph.D is interviewed by Sadia Moumita. Rowing in Color host, Patricia Destine, chats with them to share Alia’s story.
    In this episode, we talked about:
    How Alia got into the sport [3:04]When Alia felt like she didn’t belong in the sport [4:36]The depth of Alia’s commitment to rowing, which is balanced with cancer research [8:00]Changing the narrative regarding stereotypical thinking with girls’ women’s participation in sport [12:07]What Alia’s visibility meant for Sadia [16:08]Alia’s message for girls wearing hijabs & how wearing a hijab has shaped how she is as an athlete [16:36]Alia’s long term goals in rowing [23:13]Talking about barriers to rowing [24:48]The push for women in sports in Saudi Arabia [26:22]How Sadia got into rowing [29:04]Advice for getting parents on board with rowing [33:20]Advice for coaches to build an inclusive environment for Muslim rowers [37:26]… and much more.
      
     
     To get in touch with Alia Komsany, please find her on Instagram at @aliakomsany

    We hope that the conversation in this podcast helps us all in the rowing world -- no matter your race -- to unify the rowing sport through diversity.
      
     
    If you have a response to this or any episode, we want to hear it. Send us your voice message at www.speakpipe.com/rowingincolor or just check out our Linktree (linktr.ee/rowingincolor). If you don't follow us on IG already, find us @rowingincolor.
     
     
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    We hope you and yours are well. Stay safe.

    • 54 min
    Chicago Training Center: Representation Matters, Representation Happens

    Chicago Training Center: Representation Matters, Representation Happens

    #050 - Chicago Training Center’s leadership team at all women: Staci Brown is the Executive Director, Rebekah Armstrong is the Program Director, and Sam Reyes is the Head Coach. Rowing in Color hosts, Denise Aquino and Patricia Destine, chat with them to share their story.



    In this episode, we talked about:


    Introductions & how Chicago Training Center achieved racial diversity at the highest staffing level [1:50]

    From alumna to head coach, Sam shares her experience [13:45]

    CTC goals for recruiting new rowers and effective methods you can use for diversifying your youth program [16:37]

    What challenges and value having a diverse staff has had [24:53]

    Challenges in diversifying their program & sharing really good advice on this process [34:53] 

    How to get in touch [40:54]

    … and much more.
      
     
     To get in touch with Chicago Training Center, please find the on Instagram at @ctc_rowing or visit their website at chicagotrainingcenter.org 

    We hope that the conversation in this podcast helps us all in the rowing world -- no matter your race -- to unify the rowing sport through diversity.
      
     
    If you have a response to this or any episode, we want to hear it. Send us your voice message at www.speakpipe.com/rowingincolor or just check out our Linktree (linktr.ee/rowingincolor). If you don't follow us on IG already, find us @rowingincolor.
     
     
    Lastly, if you can, please hit "follow" or "subscribe" wherever you listen to podcasts. If you can, please leave a rating and a review on Apple Podcast -- it would really mean a lot.
     
     
    We hope you and yours are well. Stay safe.

    • 45 min
    Baylor Henry, Founder of @BlackGirlsRow, Interviewed by Keira Gotrell & Sophia Gupta

    Baylor Henry, Founder of @BlackGirlsRow, Interviewed by Keira Gotrell & Sophia Gupta

    #049 - Baylor Henry, the founder of @blackgirlsrow, shared her story with us in December 2020. Tune in to listen to her conversation with then fellow high schoolers, Keira Gotrell and Sophia Gupta.

    In this episode, they talked about:
    Their reaction to the offensive rowing memes that we reposted on Instagram in December 2020 [1:15]Talking about how they processed the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement [9:30]“How have you felt the rowing community has changed since…?” [13:49]Talking about creating @blackgirlsrow [18:38]Advice for Juniors coaches [28:09]Did you ever feel like you didn’t belong? [33:11] The joy of proving them wrong and “working twice as hard” [44:10] Black and non-Black person of color perspectives on “working twice as hard” [45:28] Advice to young people of color [53:49] (Oops) Introductions? Outroductions [57:48]… and much more.
      

    To get in touch with Baylor Henry, please find her on Instagram at @blackgirlsrow

    We hope that the conversation in this podcast helps us all in the rowing world -- no matter your race -- to unify the rowing sport through diversity. 

    If you have a response to this or any episode, we want to hear it. Send us your voice message at www.speakpipe.com/rowingincolor or just check out our Linktree (linktr.ee/rowingincolor). If you don't follow us on IG already, find us @rowingincolor.

    Lastly, if you can, please hit "follow" or "subscribe" wherever you listen to podcasts. If you can, please leave a rating and a review on Apple Podcast -- it would really mean a lot.

    We hope you and yours are well. Stay safe.

    • 59 min
    The Black Coxswain Interviews Patricia Destine about Accessibility in Rowing

    The Black Coxswain Interviews Patricia Destine about Accessibility in Rowing

    #048 - Corin Wiggins aka @theblackcoxswain invited us for a chat on Instagram Live to discuss Accessibility in Rowing during Black History Month. Tune in to listen to her conversation with Patricia Destine.
    In this episode, we talked about:
    How Patricia got into the sport [2:30]Cost / Price as a barrier [6:19]How representation in coaching (or lack thereof) acts as a barrier [7:50]Solutions to increase more representation in coaching [11:47]Coaching education as a barrier and Patricia's personal experience [14:46]Gatekeeping in rowing [25:00]… and much more.
     
     
     To get in touch with Corin Wiggins aka @theblackcoxswain, please find her on Instagram at @theblackcoxswain

    We hope that the conversation in this podcast helps us all in the rowing world -- no matter your race -- to unify the rowing sport through diversity.
      
     
    If you have a response to this or any episode, we want to hear it. Send us your voice message at www.speakpipe.com/rowingincolor or just check out our Linktree (linktr.ee/rowingincolor). If you don't follow us on IG already, find us @rowingincolor.
     
     
    Lastly, if you can, please hit "follow" or "subscribe" wherever you listen to podcasts. If you can, please leave a rating and a review on Apple Podcast -- it would really mean a lot.
     
     
    We hope you and yours are well. Stay safe.

    • 30 min
    Team Antigua Island Girls, the first all Black team to row across the Atlantic Ocean

    Team Antigua Island Girls, the first all Black team to row across the Atlantic Ocean

     #047 - Team Antigua Island Girls represented Antigua and Barbuda for the Talisker Whisker Atlantic Campaign in 2019. They rowed 3000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua. They are the first all black and all female team to complete this challenge. 


    In this episode, we talked about:
    How did they get into rowing across the Atlantic [1:55] First impressions of rowing [4:26] Challenges of crossing the Atlantic [10:05]What impact did rowing the slave trade route have [ ]What advice do you have for others [ ]… and much more.
     
     
     To get in touch with Team Antigua Island Girls, please email them at teamantiguaislandgirls@gmail.com or check out their website: http://antiguabarbudaislandgirls.com/

    We hope that the conversation in this podcast helps us all in the rowing world -- no matter your race -- to unify the rowing sport through diversity.
     
     
    If you have a response to this or any episode, we want to hear it. Send us your voice message at www.speakpipe.com/rowingincolor or just check out our Linktree (linktr.ee/rowingincolor). If you don't follow us on IG already, find us @rowingincolor.
     
     
    Lastly, if you can, please hit "follow" or "subscribe" wherever you listen to podcasts. If you can, please leave a rating and a review on Apple Podcast -- it would really mean a lot.
     
     
    We hope you and yours are well. Stay safe.

    • 46 min
    Live from Head of the Charles Regatta with Seattle Masters Rower

    Live from Head of the Charles Regatta with Seattle Masters Rower

    #046  - Annie, a masters rower from Seattle, stopped by the Rowing in Color tent at Head of the Charles Regatta and talk about her experience as a Colombian masters rower based in Seattle.
    We hope that the conversation in this podcast helps us all in the rowing world -- no matter your race -- to unify the rowing sport through diversity.
    If you have a response to this or any episode, we want to hear it. Send us your voice message at www.speakpipe.com/rowingincolor or just check out our Linktree (linktr.ee/rowingincolor). If you don't follow us on IG already, find us @rowingincolor.
    Lastly, if you can, please hit "follow" or "subscribe" wherever you listen to podcasts. If you can, please leave a rating and a review on Apple Podcast -- it would really mean a lot.
    We hope you and yours are well. Stay safe.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Other Denise ,

What Rowing Needed

Ever since the launch of Rowing In Color I felt there was a significant positive shift in the rowing community! The impact is felt not from just what they are doing but what AND how they are doing it. (“It” being amplifying voices that might not usually be heard within the rowing community.) Keep listening if you aren’t already! Rowing in Color changed my life and brought comfort, relatability and hope for the future of generations to come in our sport!

kassitysassity ,

Leading the way

In two short years, Rowing In Color has made a profound impact in the world of rowing. The podcast amplifies voices of rowers of color from across the country and even internationally. You’ll hear about diversity and inclusion straight from the people who have the lived experience. You’ll hear from a variety of athletes in a variety of roles from a variety of backgrounds. They most recently covered ocean rowers, proving that they’re always at the forefront of what’s new and exciting in our sport.

On top of that, this podcast is easy listening while multitasking and my number one choice for an uplifting message. The topics may be serious but the hosts’ laughter and hope is contagious.

Rowing is changing and Rowing In Color is leading the way.

F1926 ,

Refreshing 👊🏿👊🏾👊🏼

This podcast is just what we need in our sport & in this world! Thank you for putting yourselves out there & taking risks for these conversations. Uncomfortably comfortable is good.

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