About Leslie

Leslie, a retired competitive athlete, combines focus and goal setting skills gained from 10 years developing
as a rower for the United States of America. She represented the United States at the World Rowing
Championships, World Cup Regattas, and Pan American Games in 1997-2000. A six time National Champion
in several rowing disciplines, and a Silver Medalist in the Pan American Games, she knows how to follow
through on tasks, plans, and goals. Working conscientiously and effectively is second nature. Her main focus
during the past decade has been in the service industry in the form of personal training, development, and
management of a 7,000 sq ft fitness facility. She now owns the personal training and consulting business, Athletic Advantage,
Inc., DBA Desert Fitness Group in Palm Desert, CA.

 

BACKGROUND
Leslie’s family lives on the east coast in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area. She graduated cum laude from
Rutgers University with a BA in Sociology. It was at Rutgers that she began her rowing career; focusing her
mind on the Olympic Games. She has been involved with dance and sport since her first ballet class at age
three!
It has been her mission since retiring from sport to pass on her passion for movement and her firm belief in
fitness as an integral part of a healthy life.

 

ATHLETIC SUMMARY

  • 3 time National Rowing Team member 1997 – 1999
  • 6 time National Champion, twice in the single sculls
  • 2000 Olympic Trials 2nd place, double sculls
  • 1998 World Championships, 17th
  • 1999 World Championships, 12th
  • 1999 Pan American Games, Silver Medal, single sculls
  • 1998 &1999 United States Single Sculler
  • 1996 Olympic Trials 3rd place, double sculls

 

EXPERIENCE
2001-2006 Spa Resort Casino, Palm Springs, CA
Activities Director – Membership and Fitness Coordinator

1998-2000 South Bay Family YMCA, Chula Vista, CA
Fitlinxx Coordinator – Personal Trainer

1995-1997 Body Business Fitness, Austin, TX
Floor Monitor/Front Desk/Personal Trainer

 

PERSONAL INTERESTS
I am a big tennis fan and player. I have a love for animals, especially horses, though I have been known to
save squirrels, birds, geese, cats, and dogs. Drawing, Dance, and Movies are other areas that captivate me.

 

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
B.A. Honors Sociology, Rutgers University
US National Rowing Team Member 1997-2000
ACE Certification 1996 – present