9-Months-Pregnant Kayaker Wins Event
Emily Jackson takes home $4,000
Emily Jackson’s paddling for two now—but it doesn’t seem to be slowing her down. The 23-year-old kayaker won the women’s freestyle kayaking event at the Payette River Games over the weekend, taking home the $4,000 prize despite being nine months pregnant with her first child.
Jackson, the daughter of dominant kayaker and boat designer Eric, said that her decision to compete was carefully thought-out. “I was told by several doctors that as long as I was doing what my body was accustomed to that it would be safe for me and my baby,” she said. “With certain instructions such as avoiding impact, I knew what my limitations were and how to paddle within the limits.” Jackson and husband Nick Troutman’s first son is due July 19.