Pam Boteler

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Date of Birth:

Monday May 20th, 1968


Beltsville, Maryland



Accomplishments (in paddling or in life):

Career Highlights Canoe Sprint 2000-2010:

  • First woman in the U.S. to compete at the U.S. National Championships in sprint canoe (2000), competing against the men. Gold and Bronze medals. 
  • First woman to compete at the U.S. National Marathon Canoe/Kayak Trials (30K) in sprint canoe, competing against the men (2002 & 2003) and first woman in the world to compete in an ICF sanctioned marathon event in C1. (Women were prohibited from competing at the Canoe Marathon World Championships until 2015).
  • Participated in 3 World Championships and 5 Pan American Championships earning 11 international medals
  • 32 U.S. National Championships titles – undefeated in the women’s C1 1000m event.   Undefeated in women’s C1 500 & 200m events 2000-2008. Still hold one American record.

Current Paddling:  Washington Canoe Club (Washington DC) – Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing, marathon canoe and surfski racing.

*  President of WomenCAN International, a global voice for equality and equity in Olympic Canoe racing and in Sport.

*  Director, Mentoring Program, The True Athlete Project

How many years have you been training and racing in canoe?

25 Years

How many days per week do you train?

6 Days a Week

Do you have a coach and a training group?

No coach, but I have a diverse training group in various paddling disciplines.

Do you cross-train? (example, running, weightlifting, other sports, yoga, etc.)

Paddling different boats is part of my cross-training. Strength training/conditioning, running, rowing ergometer, stretching/yoga.

Do you coach or mentor others?

Yes. I am Director for the Mentoring Program at The True Athlete Project Informal coaching for paddlers in various disciplines.

Who is your closest rival?

Myself, but I compete in various paddling disciplines so it is different women in different disciplines.

Who is your role model?

Billie Jean King

What Are Your Goals for This Year?

1) See the International Olympic Committee vote YES for women's canoe for Tokyo 2020 (achieved June 9, 2017).

2)  Continue lobbying ICF and Sport officials to ensure women canoeists have equal racing and development opportunities as the men.

What Are Your Future Goals?

Watch the historic women's canoe events in Tokyo 2020 with friends who helped make our Olympic Dream a reality!

What is your message to the world regarding women in canoe?

If she can see it, she can be it.

Just Canoe It!

"The practice of sport is a human right." (The Olympic Charter)

Women canoeists deserve equal opportunities and access to the same environment for success as the men.  Amazing awaits Tokyo 2020!