ROW WITH A MISSION
Issues of injustice have always weighed heavily on my heart.
I often feel powerless to make a difference in a world where, contrary to widespread belief, slavery is still rife.
I am keen to combine my urge to combat injustice with my desire to push my body and mind to the extreme. Dubbed a “water baby” from a young age, swimming competitively for the first 18 years of my life, sailing, surfing and windsurfing as a teenager, the prospect of rowing an ocean has always seemed like an exciting (if not slightly terrifying!) challenge. I have a deep-rooted love and admiration for the sea; a respect instilled in me by my family for as long as I can remember.
Despite being turned away from the university rowing team in
fresher’s week on the basis that I was too short (and therefore
best suited to be a cox!), the desire to row the Atlantic has sat with
me for years, ever since I first heard someone who had completed
the challenge talking about it almost 10 years ago.
My trip to La Gomera to see the start of the Talisker Whisky
Atlantic Challenge cemented this decision.
Much of my spare time is spent pursuing my passion for the outdoors, including trail running, open water swimming, camping, cycling, skiing/snowboarding and more. Renowned as an adventure-seeker and an avid-explorer amongst my family and friends - nothing gets me going more than the highs and lows of a real challenge. I have no doubt that this is going to be the biggest challenge yet.
Undoubtedly the psychological aspect will be as much of a challenge
(if not more of one) than the physical one. When times get tough
I will remind myself of the struggle of millions of people,
who remain trapped in slavery today. The route we are taking is the same route that thousands of slaves took before us in centuries gone by (the Southern leg of the slave trade triangle).
I am continually inspired by the great work that my chosen charity, the International Justice Mission (IJM) does, and I am proud to support their extensive efforts through my Row to Rescue.