Hi, I’m Diana Lesieur and I’ve been involved with the Oar Board® Rower since day one! I was out on the water testing it before it even had a name and before it even had a sliding rigger and still had a sliding seat.
At the time I was working for Whitehall Rowing and Sail, a Victoria based rowboat manufacturing company that’s owned by Harold Aune and Marie Hutchinson who I’d known for years.
At this point I had no idea that when Harold developed the Oar Board® that it would become as popular as it has, change my life, and become an entire career.
The Oar Board® name came about one time when Harold, Colin Rolls, our production manager, and I were standing on our test dock tossing ideas around and I blurted it out. Our paddle board rowing rig finally had a name, and I got to name it!
I have been a Sales and Marketing Manager for the Oar Board for over 3 years and it has become my full time career. It’s had its own website for almost 4 years. This year I am thrilled to have sold to a customer located in our 41st country. I’m travelling, attending and setting up shows, and rowing in places I never dreamed of having the opportunity to see!
The development of the Oar Board® has not only been exciting, it has also been a huge learning curve for me personally. It has given me a venue to merge my love for fitness and the outdoors into a rewarding career.
Congratulations Diana! I am already a fan and mine hasn’t even shipped yet. I’ve been watching the evolution of the Oar Board for the last two years, and it has been fun to watch. I’m inspired by your travels!
Thank you Suzanne!!
It’s been a blast working with Diana on projects including the Oar Board® Rower for the past few years. She puts the sunshine in our team!
I’ve been saving up for mine for over a year, can’t wait to get out on one this summer! Way to go Di! Super proud of you.
Thanks so much Tara, lets get you to Victoria soon for a demo row!!