Republished with permission from ACTION the publication of Canadian
Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical
Activity Summer 1995
"I started rowing when I was 14 and in high school in St.
Catharines, Ont. I did it for basically the same reasons I do
it today - to hang out with my friends. In school everybody rowed;
it was the "in" thing to do. I think all young people
should pick a sport. If I didn't have rowing, I think I would
have made a lot of different choices when I was young. The coaches,
the other athletes steered me in the right direction. Thanks to
them I have a very good life. I was in a very rough high school
in St. Catharines and who knows where I might have ended up if
not for rowing.
A lot of the people who influenced me were members of the rowing
team back in the early '80s when I started. I really admire Angie
Schneider who won an Olympic medal in 1984 and then went on to
get a PhD in philosophy. There was Cathy Boyes, also on the '84
team, who has set up a successful rowing business and is the mother
of three. It's incredible and inspiring how these people managed
so much in their lives.
A big reason I've continued is that some lightweight events have
been added to the '96 Olympics. Apart from that, I really enjoy
the lifestyle of a rower. You get to hang out with a great group
of people who continually strive for excellence and work very
hard. It's a big sacrifice for me because I train in Victoria
and my husband is in Ontario. But chances like this don't come
very often and I think you have to make the most of them."
©Copyright 1996 by Jan Meyer.