Kate Apfelbaum grew up in the world of rowing, with a mother who coxed on the national team and a father who coached on the international level. (I'll switch to first person now!) After running track through high school, I started coxing at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) with the men's rowing team in my first year. While it was hard to go from what I considered an active athlete to a passive one, I was drawn in by the greater opportunity to excel as a cox. Over four years, I went from coxing the very bottom boat in the boat house to being a co-captain and cox of the men's varsity eight in my last year.
After graduating from Trinity in 2011, I went on to study for an MPhil in comparative social policy at Oxford University. I steered Isis for OUBC in the 2012 reserves race, winning and setting a course record for the reserves race. In 2013, I joined the Oxford Women's Blue Boat in 2013 for a victory over Cambridge on a very windy Dorney course.
Since racing with Oxford, I have competed with Cambridge Boat Club and Molesey Boat Club, winning the Head of the Charles and the Heineken Cup.
I am located full-time in Boston, MA where I work for a non-profit education consulting firm. I have had the privilege for the past few years to work with the coxes on the Boston University men's rowing team as a volunteer coach, learning the craft of working with coxes and coaches to optimize water sessions.