As a Royal Navy Lieutenant, I started my adult life at sea all over the world and have always been drawn to the ocean. My career side-tracked into the rowing world over the last ten years and now as a double Olympic Champion and multiple World Champion, I am delighted to have been asked to support the Atlantic Lions as a Patron of their monumental challenge.
Since meeting the guys I was blown away by their passion and zeal, their dedication to train for a sport that is new to them and for their reasons for taking their lives in this direction. They have chosen to support a more than worthy charity in the MS Trust, for the very best of reasons.
All I have left to say, is well done guys. Your story really motivates me and I have no doubt that you will be inspiring so many people, young and old, to get up and take on the challenge that they have always dreamed….but always put off.
Pete Reed MBE
Olympic Champion 2008, 2012
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My name is Pamela Relph and I am on the GB Paralympic Rowing Team. I started rowing in 2011 and won my first World Championship title in that same year. The following year I rowed in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and took home the Gold. Since London, my crew and I have remained unbeaten and we won the 2013 and 2014 World Championships. I am currently in training for the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette, France and have my sights firmly set on Rio 2016.
I am thrilled to be supporting the Atlantic Lions in their bid to win the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Only 1 member of the team has any real rowing experience and it is going to take everything Matt, Charlie, Joe and Dave have to achieve this epic feat. I am sure that with their determination, will to win and lion's pride they will achieve something truly extraordinary and all whilst trying to raise over £100,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.
Pamela Relph MBE
GB Paralympic Rower
I am Millie Knight and I am GB’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian. I competed at Sochi this year aged 15 and managed two 5th places in Slalom and Giant Slalom but that was all very easy compared to what the Atlantic Lions are going to be doing when they set off on their adventure. I am totally in awe of this challenge and will follow the team throughout their campaign, but from the comfort and security of a snowy mountain – much safer!
I row for my school and know how hard it is to circumnavigate the river Stour in Kent on a breezy day, let alone the Atlantic Ocean in a storm - what a challenge!
I am already excited about following their preparations and I’m looking forward to catching up with the team soon and watching them train. You never know, they might even let me have a little go in the boat.
I have a lovely friend who has MS so thank you for including me as a Patron. I feel really honoured to have been asked.
I wish the Atlantic Lions the very best of luck - go follow your dreams and keep safe.
GB Winter Paralympian