Pro Water Skier: WHITNEY McClintock Rini ON HER PREGNANCY & MOTHERHOOD
Women Fitness|January 2022
Women Fitness caught in touch with Eight-time world champion in water skiing Whitney McClintock Rinni talk about her Pregnancy, Motherhood, and returning back to sports.

Whitney McClintock Rini is a Canadian water skier from Cambridge, Ontario. McClintock is Wa nine-time world champion. McClintock has also won thirteen Pan American Games medals (four gold and seven silver). She gave birth to a baby boy a year back named, Zane and is married to Matt Rini, who is a Waterski coach.

In this interview, Whitney Mini shares her journey on pregnancy, her fitness routine during pregnancy, and after childbirth finally returning to winning water-skiing with her little one. This interview is especially to encourage sportswomen to opt for motherhood.

In the words of Whitney

Pregnancy is the most miraculous, terrifying, and beautiful experience in life. Motherhood is the most exhausting, rewarding, heart exploding, and overwhelming lovely gift I could have ever been given.

Women Fitness caught in touch with Eight-time world champion in water skiing Whitney McClintock Rinni talk about her Pregnancy, Motherhood, and returning back to sports.

Being a 9 times world champion in waterskiing what made you decide it was time for planning a baby?

I had the goal of winning the World Overall title in 2019 as a mental marker to give myself permission to retire from jumping (which is the most dangerous event in my sport) so I could have a baby. I had been trying to win another World Overall title since I first won. This was great motivation to give me a date to accomplish my goal by. I had one of the best jump rounds of my life in the finals at the 2019 World Championships in Malaysia and I was able to win the individual ladies overall (the combination of the 3 events in waterskiing) AND lead my team to gold as well!

I knew my last jump was enough, I threw my fist in the air in celebration and THAT was the last jump of my life! I started trying to get pregnant later that same month.

Many sportswomen find it hard to decide when is the right time? Any tips on how to make a call.

I can see how an entire lifetime in sport can pass without being able to commit to starting a family. For me, I had to give myself a timeline that I felt comfortable with- and then commit to it. Thankfully for me, I was able to accomplish my goal and I felt no urge to go against my decision. Ultimately, every woman must decide what timing is best for her. Honestly, it seems so scary to put your sport on hold and basically induce an injury. But, being a Mom has radically put my sport into perspective for me.

Was your pregnancy a smooth one? Please share the fitness routine that you followed during the three trimesters? Challenges you faced?

I was fortunate to have a very smooth and enjoyable pregnancy. I found out I was pregnant in December – so I was in my off-season for waterskiing. At the time I was working out at Orange Theory and really enjoying pushing myself to my limits on the rower, treadmill & in the weight room. After finding out I was pregnant I felt it was best to cut way back on the intensity of my workouts in order to keep my heart rate from getting too elevated.

After my first trimester, I decided I had to stop OT altogether because I was too competitive to take it easy! I was able to start waterskiing in January / February. I never had the desire to push myself hard because I knew I wasn’t going to be competing in 2020 anyway. I enjoyed my time on the water and modified my intensity lower and lower as I progressed through my pregnancy. I skied in some form up until about 38 weeks.

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