University to back Atlantic row UWE students by buying boat
THE University of the West of England is to sponsor one of its students and graduates in their bid to row the Atlantic – buy paying for their boat to be built.
Last year we reported who Hannah Lawton and Jessie Van Beck are planning to take on the challenge of their lives in December, when they join the race to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.
The boats, which cost around £30,000 on average, need to be built to meticulous specifications to ensure safety and durability, and includes a vast array of specialist equipment.
Hannah is currently studying for an MSc in coaching science and Jessie, who graduated in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in English, now works for the Environment Agency.
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They are currently the only all-women team entered and their motivation for taking part is to raise awareness of cervical cancer screening following the death of a friend, fellow UWE student, Eleanor Rose Ellis who died last May.
Hannah said: "We are determined to ensure that we complete this challenge and we know that we're going to have to be focused on our training regime.
"We are getting fantastic support from so many people and the latest announcement from UWE Bristol that they will help us with significant costs towards the boat is fantastic news."
John Rushforth, deputy vice chancellor for UWE, said: "We are thrilled that a team made up of UWE rowers is taking part in this challenge and we want to support Hannah and Jessie to achieve success both in the race and in their ambition to raise funds for both charities.
"The team will inspire current and future graduates and we are proud that we are able to support their ambitions."