9 Months Pregnant, Woman Still Wins U.S. Tour Kayak Events

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Emily Jackson of Rock Island, Tenn., is a competitive kayak athlete. She’s also 9 months pregnant, her first baby due in July.

But the baby isn’t slowing her down. He or she is actually coming along for the ride.

We saw Jackson compete at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colo., early this month.

(See more images of Emily Jackson on page 2 of this post)

Since then, the 23-year-old has kept traveling and kept competing, including winning the last two weekends of the U.S. Tour.

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9 months pregnant and still getting rad in a boat; photos © Mike Leeds

Over the course of her pregnancy Emily has competed in seven events and won two of them. She took first place last weekend at the Payette River Games in Idaho, beating reigning World Champion Claire Ohara of England.

Said a representative, Jackson is “making for a tremendous and almost unheard of sports story about a very soon mom-to-be.”

Jackson’s due date is July 19th. Will her baby be born with built-in rights to claim championship titles with the “co-wins”? We believe it’d be deserved.

Readers, what do you think?

—Stephen Regenold

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Winner! With baby on board; photo © Mike Leeds

(See more images of Emily Jackson on page 2 of this post)

Posted by Erin - 06/27/2013 09:02 AM

Ok, really? I applaud the fact that she won and all but do you really think at 9 months pregnant doing stuff like this is a wise decision? I hope her this isnt a reflection of her parenting skills to be.

Posted by Angelfire - 06/27/2013 03:20 PM

Hmmm, if her due date isn’t until July 19 and the competition was “earlier this month” (June), how can she be 9 months pregnant? I do applaud her for continuing to be active, but you guys need to retake Math 101.

Posted by WomensMovement.com - 06/27/2013 04:23 PM

Hmmm…is it crazy or commendable to do flips in your kayak while preggo?

Posted by Jessica Onajobi - 09/18/2013 03:38 PM

When you look at What to expect in Pregnancy Month 9, the risks she took are so enormous, especially for the innocent baby inside. In any case, we will congratulate her for the pregnancy power she demonstrated

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