In 2019 I returned to rowing after a gap of 24 years., currently rowing for the Lea RC in Hackney. The last time I rowed before that was for England in the Home Countries regatta in 1995, winning Gold in the women's eights. As Tideway Scullers, the same crew won Gold at the National Championships, and in 1994 I stroked the Oxford Blue boat.
Reason for taking part
I might be a latecomer to the crew but actually I feel that fate has led me to this point. I first heard about the row when I met Debra Searle two years ago. Her inspiring story piqued my interest, and then I went on to interview Kelda Wood, the first solo adaptive rower to do the challenge.
At that point I'd never considered doing it, until my friend Jo told me she was doing it. I felt jealous - not everyone's reaction, admittedly - and began to wonder if I could do it. Now I have that chance.
My daughter, Ines, 14, has recently started rowing. I want to show her and my 12 year old son, Vincent, that we are capable of amazing things, if we put our minds (and bodies!) to them. I want to see how far I can push myself.