Anna Levesque: Love and Transformation on the River

By Charli Kerns

Activist and author Ericka Huggins said in a 2011 interview, “Love is an expression of power. We can use it to transform our world.”

Girls At Play founder Anna Levesque’s love of kayaking transformed her own life, and the lives of hundreds of other women. Levesque began paddling on the Rouge River in Canada. She loved the kayaking and excelled at, eventually joining the Canadian team during the heyday of the freestyle kayaking circuit in the late 1990s and early 2000s. During that time, Levesque dealt with internal struggle and saw the same with other women. She realized something was missing in the paddling community and decided she could do something about it.

“I felt the need to create a resource for women to help them build confidence and empower them,” Levesque says in Why We Love Kayaking, a new video released last week by her sponsor, Dagger Kayaks. In less than three minutes, Levesque shares her love of paddling, and details her 20-year journey from competitor to instructor and community leader. Enjoy.

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