2017 R6 Women

Anna Schroeder, 27

Hometown: Lakwood, Colorado

Seat in raft: Front left

Anna is a full-time student working on a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering.

Favorite event: Slalom

Favorite race: All of them!

Best racing tip? Breathe

Favorite way to cross train: Backcountry skiing

Favorite food: Smoked salmon

If she could paddle anywhere in the world it would be in New Zealand.

Tell us a joke! “A homeless guy asked me for a dollar the other day. And I was like, “A dollar? How about 76 cents? Because that’s how much a lady hobo would make doing the same job!”

 

Avery Potter, 25

Hometown: Lone Tree, Colorado

Seat in raft: Middle left

Avery plays rugby for the Glendale Raptors out of Denver and is a raft guide on the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Favorite event: My raft guide heart loves downriver, but my racer heart loves the technicality and precision of slalom.

Favorite race: The one coming up! I’m stoked to see the new rivers in Japan.

Best racing tip? I learned a lot with the ladies of Great Britain who were gracious enough to let me train with them while I was living abroad that winter. Sit up straight, the catch is the most important part. Thanks, Fieke!

Favorite food: Cheese.

Favorite rapid ever: I love Gore. It’s one of those that I get super calm beforehand, and when I’m in it I’m not thinking, just reacting.

Tell us a joke! “How did the hipster burn their tongue? They drank their coffee before it was cool.”

 

Evangeline (Eva) Lambert, 31

Hometown: Golden, Colorado

Seat in raft: Back left

Eva loves traveling, spending as much time as possible with friends and family, and being outdoors.

Favorite event: I love the technical difficulties of slalom. It keeps us all busy in and out of our seats.

Favorite race: Gore Race is my favorite race because it keeps me intrinsically focused.

Best racing tip? Hip stretches. All day, every day.

Inspirational athlete: Mariann Saether. She’s a great all around kayaker.

Favorite rapid: The whole Lower Canyon section of Clear Creek (my home river).

If she could paddle anywhere tomorrow: “Any river is fine with me, as long as I’m with my river fam!”

 

Kelli Carpenter Gunderson, 29

Hometown: Salida, Colorado

Seat in raft: Middle right

Kelli has been raft racing for six years on various rivers and is excited for her second World competition in Japan.

Favorite event: Slalom

Favorite race: FIBArk raft sprint

What do you do when you’re not training? Eat! I love eating! And go to college.

Favorite food: Tacos

Inspired by: My Grandmother Gloria. She played basketball back when women only were allowed to play on half the court, and she’s an all-around badass in everyday life.

Favorite rapid ever: How to pick?! Hermit, Grand Canyon. Black Rocks, Salt River. Everything in Idaho!

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” – Edward Abbey

 

Tana Deklavar, 29

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Seat in raft: Back right

Tana is one of the few women who holds the distinction of having guided on the world-renowned class V section of the Upper Youghiogheny in Friendsville, Maryland. She

Favorite event: Head to head, Slalom, Downriver

Favorite race? New Zealand head to head. Won bronze.

Best racing tip? “Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.” – Coach Todd Toledo

When not training: I teach yoga, travel, ski, and spend time with my family.

Inspired by: Lindsey Vonn. She is strong and sexy and serves and gives to community.

“The yogic belief of living in the present transfers so well into whitewater; you have no choice but to be in the moment and flow with Mother Nature. It’s my greatest joy in life.”

 

Jennifer (Jen) Hodgkiss,

Hometown: Tarrs, Pennsylvania

Seat in raft: Front right

“Water has always been an amazing force to me and one of the blessings in my life.”

 

Jennifer Cook, 32

Hometown: Currently Boise, Idaho

Seat in raft: Anywhere! As long as I’m in it. But I like front right.

Jennifer is a student working on a nursing degree.

Favorite event: Always head to head. But when we do well, slalom is the most fun.

Favorite race: Most notable was the head to head win against Japan in New Zealand on the Kaituna River.

Best race tip? Paddle hard, smile, and enjoy!

Inspired by: Julie Munger, a legend in the whitewater world!

If she could paddle anywhere today: Take me to Africa!

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loreen Eiseley