Q: When did you start rowing, and why?
A: Fall 2007. I needed to find an athletic activity after many years of competitive soccer. I have had two knee surgeries and one foot surgery and I could not play soccer anymore. I had friends that rowed in college and it was an activity sitting down.
Q: What’s your favorite EBRC story?
A: So many stories… That we are here, a competitive club that does well at regattas and has brought the sport to a wide variety of people. (“Quad for coffee” is my favorite story, but I don’t think it should be published.)
Q: What’s the best thing you’ve learned from a coach (so far)?
A: The love of the sport. Shut up and row. Ratio.
Q: What do you do when you’re not rowing?
A: Work fulltime in Emeryville for a Medical Communications company. I like to watch TV and read.
Q: How old are you right now?
A: US Rowing age 60 “F” category.
Q: Port or starboard?
A: Both. Any boat, any seat, anytime.
Q: Why do you row?
A: The people, the competition, and the travel.
Editor’s note: Helen is an EBRC founding mother and a Women’s Team captain.