This is Ileana.
Ileana is a paddler.
Ileana is fast.
Ileana is 13 and just became the youngest person to finish the prestigious R2R Paddleboard Race (22.5 miles). Check out her video — you’ll be inspired too:
I’m reminded that inspiration and heroes are not always people far removed, but rather, are sometimes the very same people who accomplish amazing things every single day…right next to us.
Ileana is my hero and I’m glad to be able to paddle with her and the MDR team every week.