Updated: Dec 15, 2020
While we have had a challenging year, the silver lining is the many amazing staff members we've managed to hire in the second half of 2020!
Kayla Cloud is one of our newer staff additions, heading up our ErgEd program and ensuring our boathouses stay informed and connected, despite a pandemic year.
We sat down with Kayla to learn her background, what and who inspires her, and how her rowing life has changed this year.
How long have you been part of the GPRF?
I'm just wrapping up my first few months at the GPRF. I officially started in August.
How does your position impact the GPRF?
I'm working, as we all are, to make sure that we can get young people and keep young people on the water. I work primarily with the Erg Ed leads and Partner boathouses to navigate the erg ed curriculum, scholarships, and the needs of our larger rowing community.
Where and when did you start rowing?
I started rowing in 2010 as a novice during my undergraduate years at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
What is your favourite memory of rowing?
It's hard to choose just one! I think that one of the best snapshot memories that I have in terms of the peace of rowing would be an early morning my junior year on the Connecticut River when the water was perfect, glassy smooth and satin, and the sun was barely up and we were just swinging and pushing along after a hard workout. It was perfect and quiet and wonderful. My favorite memory in terms of competition would be the Head of the Charles regatta my senior year. That was a very fun race.
Who inspires you the most in the sport?
Again, difficult to choose! At the moment I would say that I am deeply and profoundly inspired by the coaches that I have had the opportunity to work with and speak with in the course of my rowing career. They are doing absolutely everything to keep teams connected and keep teams moving forward.
I've been following the narratives and movements that are being led by the WNBA, something I should have started doing a long time ago. Those folks are my heroes and I aspire to amplify and further their work and their mission, both socially/politically and in athletics. They are absolutely incredible.
How has your rowing experience changed during COVID-19
I'm trying to teach myself to be comfortable in a single!
What advice would you give to someone considering rowing for the first time?
I would tell them that rowing is the single greatest team sport there is, and if there was only one thing they pushed off from the dock with, it would be to remember to keep one hand on your oar(s) at all times.
Do you have a favourite workout?
My favorite workout as an athlete would be 4 x 500m - I love sprint season! My favorite workout as a coach, and absolute least favorite workout as an athlete is the pyramid: 250m, 500m, 750m, 1000m,1000m, 750m, 500m, 250m. It's a great 2k predictor, but you have to be on top of the rest and the timing of the workout in your training cycle.