Outlaw first got into rowing between sophomore and junior years of high school. Not being a super athletic kid, she tried different sports (lacrosse, soccer, volleyball), not excelling at any. She thinks Rowing appealed because starting as a teen or college student still allows for success. Running cross-country at the time, she liked that rowing was similar – rhythmic and no pressure to pass a ball be somewhere on a field. Her school didn’t have a rowing team, so she talked her way onto a neighboring school’s team, and went on to row at Ithaca College, a top Division III team, training with the para national team in summers until she made the team in 2018,
More recently Outlaw began Nordic skiing, hoping to compete in racing and biathlon, as well as rowing. Her ultimate goal is to win gold at the 2022 Senior World Rowing Championships. Her team’s speed is currently within 10 seconds of world record time. With a dream of becoming a dual sport athlete in rowing and Nordic skiing, she ultimately envisions competing in both Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. Prior to her participation on the para national team, elite athletes seemed untouchable. Knowing they are extremely dedicated, disciplined real people is incredibly inspiring, some working for a decade or more before making the team. “Their enthusiasm, work ethic, and self-discipline, and it inspires me to work that much harder.”
Desiring to inspire young people with visual impairments, Outlaw recounts growing up as a kid with a visual disability, enjoying the Olympics every cycle, but unaware of Paralympic or para sport opportunities. Wanting to explore sports like her friends but not knowing know how to be an athlete with a disability, she felt excluded without a visually impaired role model. She aims to be that role model for kids and teenagers thinking their disability prevents them from athlete and potentially elite athletic pursuits.
Post-competitive career, Outlaw plans to remain involved in para sports, possibly helping organizations develop para programs and educating the public about inclusion and para-athletics. She would love to live on a big piece of land or start a training center (similar to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center) where athletes can train/live in a communal setting based around environmental sustainability.