Pam Boteler - Canoeist and Women's Sports Activist
Pam Boteler made USA Canoe/Kayak history in 2000 when she became the first woman in history to compete in sprint canoe at the USA Canoe/Kayak National Championships - against the men. Not only did she compete, she won Gold. She competed against men again in 2001, and won Gold. Heavily influenced by Pam's success on the water and lobbying off the water, in 2002 USA Canoe/Kayak changed its by-laws to allow women to compete in the Nationals in all events, with equal status as the men. Finally, women had a league of their own.
Boteler was undefeated in sprint canoe events in the U.S. from 2000 to 2008 and remains undefeated in the 1000m singles canoe event. She has also won numerous international medals. Additionally, she continues to hold the American Record in the 1000m and 500m singles event and is also part of the record holding C4 (4 person) crew for 1000 and 500 meters.
In her spare time off the water, Pam is President of USA WomenCAN, a driving force in the global campaign for gender equity in Olympic Canoeing; and she works full-time as a Management Analyst at the Department of Defense. Her competitors do not have a full-time job.