Congratulations to Tandem alum Pearl Outlaw (TFS '16) and her rowing partner Josh Boissoneau, who recently earned a Bronze medal for the United States at the Paralympic World Rowing Championships in Austria. Read all about it here. Pearl, who is partially blind, rows for Ithaca College, where she is a senior. Last year, she and her partner qualified for the Paralympics as well, placing fifth. At the national trials before this year's competition, they shaved 20 seconds off their personal record, so they knew they were going to be in the running for a great finish.
Pearl began rowing in high school at the suggestion of Janet Legro, then Tandem’s Director of Spiritual Life, who invited students to try an early morning row. Pearl took her up on it and was hooked, then rowed for a local team during high school.
Check out a lengthy C-ville Weekly article about Pearl and her competitive spirit here.