EBRC P(row)file: Helen K.

Pauline, Jolie, Helen, and Gina after Head of the Lagoon

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.