Recreational marine engine maker Mercury Marine recently teamed up with boatbuilder Belzona Marine to “Go Boldly” on the water with former University of Wyoming basketball star and lifelong boating enthusiast Nichole Rider.
“My dad bought a powerboat when I was 5 years old; it just changed my life,” Rider said in a statement. “We spent every weekend from when I was 5 years old to 22 on the water. My dad had Mercury engines, and that’s what helped to develop my passion for the water.”
Rider’s passion for the water is documented in this new video:
While in college, Rider was involved in a near-fatal car accident. Doctors told her family that she had little chance to survive the first night and, if she did, she would be paralyzed. But through rigorous therapy and an insatiable will, Rider survived and, although her basketball career was over, her love for the water never wavered.
“I’ve never had anything that makes my heart sing like being on the water,” Rider said. “All my moments were Mercury moments. Every weekend on the lake was amazing; I lived to get on the water."
“For me, it’s unbridled bliss. You get out on the water, and all the cares of the world fall away. When you find something you are passionate about, it makes you come alive. For me, it was boating. I’ve never had anything that makes my heart sing like being on the water.”