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

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.

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

Winner! With baby on board; photo © Mike Leeds

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


Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.