KOKATAT Ambassador TEAM MEMBER | Whitewater Kayaking

Sage Donnelly

Age: 19 years old website
HOMETOWN: Carson City, NV

"Everyone wants to win. But to truly succeed - whether it is at a sport or at your job or in life - you have to be willing to do the hard work, overcome the challenges, and make the sacrifices it takes to be the best at what you do.” - Ronda Rousey

Sage Donnelly has been kayaking since the age of 2, when her parents would paddle her around in an old tandem kayak, and she’s been paddling her own kayak since she was 5. She competed in her first kayak event at age 6 and continues to compete in freestyle, slalom, SUP and creek races around the world. Sage loves everything about whitewater including the incredible places and people you get to meet. When she’s not competing she spends time with her family and friends running rivers and doing self-support overnight kayak trips. Her parents learned to kayak on their honeymoon and it was a major part of their lives, so it was important to them to involved Sage at an early age.

Sage was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was 3 years old, Celiac Disease when she was 8, and Hypo-Thyroid at 11. “Obstacles are challenges to overcome,” says Sage. In 2015 she won the Jr. Women’s Freestyle World Championships, she earned a spot on the US Jr. and Senior Slalom National Teams, she was 6th in Women’s Slalom at the Pan American Games, ran the entire 15 miles of the class 5 section of the North Fork of the Payette River in Idaho (including Jacobs Ladder), she was 5th overall in Women’s Stand Up Paddle Board at the Payette River Games, and was 2nd in the Women’s HomeStake Creek Race at the GoPro Mountain Games.

Sage has an incredibly colorful personality, she travels around the country in a van with her family and can be found laughing and surrounded by good friends on the water. She’s a little package that packs a serious punch, Kokatat became a little brighter when Sage joined our team.