Athleta chooses me as one of 20 sponsored women athletes for 2012

Women’s clothing brand, Athleta, inspires and sponsors women athletes - Christy Mahon, Katy Sullivan, Kristin Thomas and me, Jill Robinson. 
Photo: Athleta

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., February 21, 2012—You may get Athleta catalogs in the mail, shop online via the company’s website, or be lucky enough to have a store in your city.

But did you know that Athleta sponsors a handful of women athletes on an annual basis?

The Athleta Sponsorship Program is a grassroots program designed to celebrate the everyday woman who’s living a vibrant life, yet still manages to prioritize her health, take on athletic challenges, and inspire others. In the past couple of years, 10 athletes have been chosen—but this year, Athleta selected 20 athletes to inspire its business, products and customers.

These 20 athletes represent sports as varied as their experiences: running, skiing, karate, yoga, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, stand-up paddling and barefoot waterskiing.

My Athleta sponsored athlete profile photo. (Photo: Jill K. Robinson)

My Athleta sponsored athlete profile photo. (Photo: Jill K. Robinson)

Christy Mahon is a non-profit fundraiser, skier and mountain climber. Katy Sullivan is an actress, member of the U.S. Paralympic Track Team and current National Champion in the 100m. Kristin Thomas is an educational consultant and SUP racer. That’s just the beginning. All 20 women have athletic resumes packed with inspiration.

And then there’s me. As a writer who covers adventure travel and sport, and with an athletic background that covers kayaking, SUP, running, hiking and yoga—I count myself as lucky to be included with the talented 2012 Athleta Sponsored Athletes.

Follow our adventures through Athleta’s Chi blog throughout the year.

If you want to be considered for next year’s program, read more about it on the Athleta site and stay tuned for more information on the deadline for 2013 sponsored athletes.

Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill and her husband are avid kayakers and own Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.

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Jill K. Robinson

An award-winning journalist and adventure seeker, Jill K. Robinson has been a columnist with The Washington Times, Communities section since 2011.

Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Way, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Robb Report, Westways, Journey, Let's Go with Ryanair, World Hum, Gadling, Lonely Planet and more. She lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks, and divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day.

Always eager to take a leap into the unknown and experience new things, Jill shares adventure sport and travel highlights—even when the adventure isn’t adrenaline pumping or bone crushing. Adventure is sometimes only a state of mind.

Find Jill on and Twitter @dangerjr 

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