Emily Jackson is a two-time world kayaking champion, and she wasn’t about to let being nine months pregnant stop her from winning another competition. Jackson, 23, won the Payette River Games in Idaho last weekend, making it the seventh competition she has entered while pregnant.
Not only did she win the Games, but she beat out the current world champion, Claire O’Hara, of England.
“Last weekend was the last event of the U.S. tour,” Jackson told GrindTV. “I have been competing since April, and I am shocked that the last two weekends were the events I have won. Part of it may have to do with my relaxed attitude where I honestly had no expectations but in my heart always knew I could win. I probably would continue to compete this up coming weekend if there was one. But I am very excited to go home, wash the baby blankets, and make sure I am ready for the first crazy month of parenthood.”
Her due date is July 19.
“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 told GrindTV.