Q: So much of our company is rooted in the re—inc founders' own quest to reimagine norms and barriers society has placed on us. What do you want to reimagine in the world?
A: When I reimagine the world, I imagine a place of equality and authenticity. No one should live their life feeling like they cannot be true to who they really are. Whether is sexuality, race, religion, or gender, I want everyone to feel like they have a safe space within the athletic world to be authentically themselves while doing an activity that they love, without any consequences.
Q: What drew you to being a rower?
A: Growing up I was afraid of myself, who I was, and what consequences would come from me being true to me. It took me a long time to accept who I was. I didn't have someone to look up to as a "gay icon", and now as an out professional rower, I have managed to be just that to younger athletes.
When high school kids message me telling me that I have inspired them to feel comfortable walking into their boathouse as a queer rower, that is when I know that I have used my voice correctly. It doesn't matter what backlash or hate I receive, as long as I am able to help at least one kid feel ok being authentic, it is all worth it to me.