Lincoln alumna Georgie Leech prepares for World Record rowing attempt image

"I'd never rowed before, but I signed up to the Rowing Club during Freshers Week and loved it"

During an interview with the University of Lincoln, Lincoln alumna Georgie Leech has explained of how she had never rowed prior to signing up to the Rowing Club during Freshers Week - now she is preparing attempt to break two rowing world records.

That's right, former University of Lincoln student Georgie Leech is peparing to take part in the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a challenge which will see competing teams from around the world race from La Gomera in the Canary Island, to Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean.

The 3000 mile race, which begins on 12th December 2020, is sure to be the ultimate challenge for Georgie and her teammates, who have undergone extensive physical training in preparation for the event. As mentioned, herself and her teammates also have their eyes on two world records - for the fastest female trio and the youngest female trio to complete the race.

Not only are Georgie and her team be aiming to break world records, they are also aiming to raise money for two charities close to their hearts: Women in Sport and Rowing Together for Healthy Minds.

During her interview with the University, Georgie also added "I had so much fun learning to row and made life-long friends. Some of my best memories are of early-morning training sessions in Lincoln watching the sunrise with my housemates."

Taking up a sport like rowing has many benefits to health both physically and mentally, and Georgie believes this is essential during the current times.

When I heard about Georgie’s story for the first time it genuinely made me stop in my tracks for a moment. To think, if Georgie hadn’t attended the Sports Fayre and stopped at the Rowing stall to find out more information she wouldn’t be diving into this incredible experience today. To join a club, find such passion and motivation in a sport, to then progress onto this challenge of rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and attempt to break two world records is phenomenal. Best of luck to everyone who is taking on this adventure and make sure to follow their journey as they raise money for Women in Sport and Rowing Together for Healthy Minds. - Abi Brown, VP Activities

If you fancy taking up a sport, there is still time to join a sports club! It's a great opportunity to make friends, try something new and get active. Who knows? You may try something for the first time, and discover a huge passion for it...

To find out more, click here. Alternatively, from Monday 9th November onwards, we're relaunching the Virtual Sports Fayre, Virtual Societies Fayre and Virtual Campaigns Fayre for the forseeable future. Make sure you visit the Fayres and explore the many opportunities you can get involved in as a result!

If you want to follow Georgie and her team's progress prior to the race, check out the following social media pages:

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