601227_626444883046_166643508_n Name: Erin Kennedy

Age: 27

Sport: Rugby

Job: Youth Development Manager, USA Rugby

Other Passions: Coaching Education, Being Active, Life

How did you get introduced/interested in your sport? 

I went a little backwards with my sport; I actually got involved after I started working for USA Rugby. I had completed my Master’s in Sport Psychology from the University of Denver and wanted to work in sports. After working part-time for the United States Olympic Committee, I started working full time for USA Rugby. It was my second week on the job when I was recruited for the women’s team in Boulder, CO. I started going to practice and before I knew it, I was in love.

Have you been able to make your sport a full time income? If yes do you feel it impacts how you feel about the sport? If not then what do you do?

I have! Although I went backwards and started playing after working in rugby, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve been doing what I love for three and a half years! Working 282016_10150330659604595_3696683_nin rugby definitely impacts how I feel about the game. My passion for the sport is inherent in my work in the office and visa versa. I have a deeper understanding of the game because I work to grow it every year. Every move I make in the office impacts every move I make on the field.

What is your number one goal right now?

Only one? I honestly used to think that my number one goal was to obtain my dream job working for the United States Olympic Committee in Coaching Education. After working for USA Rugby, my goals have changed. I think the most important thing about goals is making sure they fit with what you want. Right now my number one goal is to be the best at my job and to make an impact on the growth of rugby in the U.S. I’m very fortunate to be passionate about the work that I do. When it comes to my goals, my primary goal is to make sure that I’m making a difference.

What is your most proud moment to date in your sport?

600_57327892If I can, I’d like to split this into two. As a new rugby player, I received the award of ‘Rookie of the Year’ after my first season. This was a proud moment because I knew I had found a great niche within rugby.

When it comes to work, I have had some amazing moments as a professional. One of my proudest moments was being selected to present in Dublin to the International Rugby Board and ten other countries on the work that I do here in the United States. I was thrilled to be a part of such a great opportunity.

What do you do to relax/chill out?

This is not something that I’m great at doing! I like to always be active and although it may not seem relaxing, getting outdoors for a long run or heading up a mountain helps to clear my mind. Every now and again you can find me reading or taking up a crocheting project, but mostly you’ll see me moving to relax.

If you could take up one additional activity/sport what would it be?

Climbing. I’ve recently started climbing this year and absolutely love it. I haven’t really committed to it the way I’d love to, but there is something so motivating about making it up a large, natural structure with your life at risk. I love taking my body to the point of exhaustion and pushing further…climbing does this for me.

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

In no particular order, I’d like to base jump, ride a skateboard on a halfpipe, and catch a moving train.

For more on Erin check out her amazing and super technical video that displays strength and commitment and sexiness HERE

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734190_107481076092718_1315589017_nName: Tine Richter

Age: 30
Sport: basejumping
Job: secretary
Other Passions: skydiving snowboarding motorbikes
Country of Birth: Germany

What initially got you interested in taking up the sport you participate in?

I watched a few friends from the drop zone i started skydiving at night doing a low base jump. After that i watched it a lot … and i wanted to do it myself more and more!

Have you been able to make your sport a full time income? If yes do you feel it impacts how you feel about the sport? If not then what do you do?

542192_10151378153841041_820854398_nNo i don’t. I don’t want to at the moment! Maybe in the future. For me base jumping is something personal and beautiful, and sometimes i have to do something else and take a step back just to know that i miss the mountains and my friends, so i can go back with a big smile in my face!

What is your number one goal right now?

my number one goal at the moment is to safe enough money for my next adventure jumping travel plans!

What is your most proud moment to date in your sport?

That was Troll wall in norway with very special people i like! It was a true adventure for me and i dreamed about that jump from the beginning! I don’t know why it was so magical for me… but i always wanted to do the troll wall jump! When i was on top i had to ask myself it that would be reality right now… i was 110% happy! Even we had some clouds and it was a bit windy… but i think that was why i started jumping! Good people, adventure, and finally a jump!

What do you do to relax/chill out?

29574_107476922759800_231791623_nI am walking alone somewhere in the mountains, or i just go somewhere to chill out on a lake! I like music, so quite often when i feel like i need a moment for myself, i just go and listen to music watching the mountains or stars… it helps me to focus on my dreams! I do yoga! or i read books!

If you could take up one additional activity/sport what would it be?

Surfing

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

Beeing happy
Sharing time with my friends
adventures

or if u wanna have that in sports:
Surfing, speed flying and for sure base jumping and skydiving! Climbing… traveling…well 😉

For more about Tine and her adventures visit her FaceBook Page HERE 

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Screen shot 2012-12-27 at 12.03.16 PMName: Jennifer Leong

Age: 29

Sport: Dancing (Break Dancing, Ballroom, Salsa, Swing, Tango)

Job: Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems

Other Passions: Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Piano, Guitar, Entrepreneurialism

What initially got you interested in taking up the sport you participate in?

Um… genetics? LOL. I’ve always been passionate about music and movement – as a baby/young child you couldn’t get me to stop dancing around and climbing on 318782_10150925327461557_495858007_nthings. I started music at 5 with piano, adding clarinet, violin, trumpet, french horn, guitar and drums throughout my childhood/teens. I did colorguard, marching band and a competitive Drum Corps in my late teens, all of which is music and movemen. My current sport of just dance though: I went to my first salsa lesson in 2009 and I was hooked! After a month of it, I was asked by a regular to join him in a 12 week performance class at Colorado Dancesport. I said, “Hell yea!” and haven’t looked back since. Upon completion of our class series the instructor suggested I audition for a new dance company the studio was forming. “Well, I don’t have any formal training, but what have I got to loose right? Let’s do it!” And after the most harrowing 6 hour audition of my life, I was miraculously accepted. From there I learned Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, and Tango, performing professionally and fully diving into the dance culture. With music in every step, I came across some break dancers and thought, “Holy COW! That combines awesome strength AND dance! I want to learn, NOW!” And though a series of lessons from Dance 2 Live crew, eventually became a competitive break dancer for them.

Have you been able to make your sport a full time income? If yes do you feel it impacts how you feel about the sport? If not then what do you do?

I don’t use dance as my primary income purposefully. I think it can have a huge impact on your sport/passion. When income becomes dependent on a passion, a part of that passion disappears. Instead of “Man, I’d pay to do this forever!” A part becomes “Geeze, I have to do this to get paid.”

Long before I had the opportunity to dance, I had been preparing for a career and Screen shot 2012-12-27 at 12.03.01 PMinvesting in real estate that would allow me to have the lifestyle I want and retire at age 35 (fingers crossed). Since a teenager, I’ve had a passion for business. By day I shake the hands of C-level executives and discuss how they will and do sell our Cisco service. I manage all business across the western U.S. and love every second! My passion for business began as stock investments when a teenager, starting my own business at 21 and joining one of the largest sales forces in the world at 23, I have passion for my work that feeds my passion in dance

What is your number one goal right now?

Sell my house and purchase a 10-20 unit apartment complex I can rent out and retire. I don’t like thinking about money, so I want to make enough to never have to “need” it.

What is your most proud moment to date in your sport?

Ohh man… that’s tough…. either 2nd place out of 38 at a national Breakin competition, or winning gold at the Drum Corps International World Championships.

What do you do to relax/chill out?

Working out – it gets me in a zen like state haha. That or watching a movie on the couch, yea probably the movie.

If you could take up one additional activity/sport what would it be?

Geeeeze, makin me work over here… there’s way too many to list. Um… Probably Parkour or BASE jumping.

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

Screen shot 2012-12-27 at 12.03.29 PMRetire at 35

Take a 6-12 month “Adventure and Dance” across the world trip

Start a women’s network empowering and mentoring young women

For more about Jennifer you can visit her FaceBook Page Here 

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BASE girl interviews Melissa

Name: Melissa Dawn Pemberton

Age: 28

Sport:  BASE Jumping, Skydiving and Rock Climbing, SCUBA

Job:  Air Show Pilot and Display Skydiver

Other Passions:  Teaching- I teach First Aid as a WEMT in West Africa with a group called Medicine on the Move and am also a flight instructor.  I love to teach!

 What initially got you interested in taking up the sport you participate in?

My dad is a climber and was a deep-sea diver so he started me and my siblings out at a very young age into SCUBA through dredging for gold on summer vacations and rock climbing at our local crag north of Pittsburgh, PA called McConnell’s Mill.  Once in high school I began climbing and competing in the Eastern Bouldering Series and my passion truly took off for lifetime activities.

 My grandma is the pilot and she really set my passion for flight throughout my life.  She would take me for rides in her Cessna 150 aerobat and do loops and rolls and let me try to catch clouds out the window, what little girl wouldn’t love that?!  One of my climbing partners was a skydiver so he took me for my first tandem when I turned 18.

Once I moved out to college (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) in Prescott, Arizona I began competition aerobatics.  Ironically, I chose the Prescott campus because of a bouldering club that they had there!  I also became more heavily involved in skydiving which naturally led into the BASE jumping and to joining an all women’s 4 way freefly team.

The competition aerobatics led to becoming a full time air show performer and flying for the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team.  The BASE jumping and climbing I do for fun when we can fit it in these days and the pursuit for lifetime activities really set the path for all of my sports and passions.  That and the incredible people that you meet along the way like Clair 😉

Have you been able to make your sport a full time income? If yes does it impacts how you feel about the sport? If not then what do you do?

fire photoYes, I skydive and fly on the air show circuit full time.  I do find that it impacts the way that I feel about my sport.  The aerobatics is hard work and if I go out to fly for fun, it tends to be some form of bush flying or float flying that is entirely un-related to aerobatics.  I LOVE aerobatics, but it is what I do everyday and it is definitely still a job.  With the skydiving, I jump flags and wingsuits at the shows, so when I jump for fun it usually involves a BASE jump or free-flying with my friends.  I think that I just split the different forms of flight and the different disciplines in jumping between work and play.

What is your number one goal right now?

My number one goal at the moment is to become the Women’s World Champion of Aerobatics.  I’ll have another chance at achieving this goal this summer at the World Championships in Texas!

What is your proudest moment to date in your sport?

The first time that I made the US team when I was 22 was my most proud moment.  It was my first year flying at the Unlimited category and everyone said that it is impossible to place in the top 10 at Nationals your first year, because you have to earn your recognition.. well I placed 10th!

What do you do to relax/chill out?

I LOVE movie night and a nice glass of red wine!  Though I have to confess, the last time we went on a vacation we went flying in Alaska.. but we did get to chill out by a fire in the mountain cabin with a glass of red wine and that was pretty amazing and relaxing too.

If you could take up one additional activity/sport what would it be?

I would really like to learn how to hang glide.  I have done some paragliding, but I feel like hang gliding would really feel like you are flying!  One of these days when I have all of that extra time on my hands 😉

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

MP5S51541.  I’d like to go BASE jumping in Antarctica at Queen Maud Land… it has been on the list for years!

2.  If the red bull air races ever come back, I’d like to be the first woman to fly for them.

3.  I’d like to go SCUBA diving on a ship wreck that has a real treasure!

                                                                                                                                                          

  For more about Melissa visit her website and youtube Channel @

www.sportsgal.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/melissa062284