Photo by Brian K. Donnelly


Boteler is the top American woman in sprint canoeing, a high-intensity flatwater sport that’s a growing craze among women at boating clubs across the United States. Competitors kneel in sleek carbon-fiber boats and paddle furiously on one side for up to 1,000 meters.

Sprint/flatwater canoe (also known as “high-kneel) is currently an Olympic event for men and women. Canoeing is the companion discipline to kayaking (an Olympic event for men and women). Canoe/Kayak is one of the oldest Olympic sports and one of the most difficult, as it is a classic test combining speed, power, endurance, and balance.

Pam is over 40 and still competes regularly against “kids 18-23,” she still wins. Recently, with her canoe partner (30, with two kids and another on the way) she won 3 bronze medals at the Pan American Championships in Mexico City ( at altitude), setting a new American record in the C2 200m event (2 person canoe).

They also set a new 500m record at the national championships in August in Oklahoma City, winning 3 gold medals. They finished 4th at the World Championships in Poznan, Poland, in August.

She writes: “Thank you – for featuring me. Your blog is fantastic and inspiring (excellent outrigger photo!). I look forward to reading about amazing women over 40, 50, and 60 from your site. Thank you for what you are doing for so many women. Life certainly begins in many ways after 40. “
Pam Boteler