Dr Katherine Grainger CBE
Katherine Grainger CBE, is Britain’s most successful Olympic female rower. At London 2012 she won Olympic gold, she was already a three-time Olympic silver medalist and six-time World Champion. To this date, she’s the most decorated female Olympian and she named the third member of the team ‘Sedulous’ in May 2013 at Inspirational Friends Boat Naming Ceremony. She followed the 2013 campaign and is back to support Inspirational Friends for their 2016 attempt.
“Once again it is a massive honour to throw my support behind this incredible challenge. I followed Hannah and Lauren’s brave attempt last time and their determination and sense of adventure was inspiring. For Hannah to decide to take on the challenge again shows the strength of her commitment and positivity and also the ongoing wonderful influence and inspiration of Elle. Inspirational Friends have my full support and admiration and I will be following them for every step of the journey. The spirit of never giving up is one I can fully appreciate. Good luck!”
Sir Steve Redgrave CBE
Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave CBE, is a retired British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships golds. He is regarded as Britain’s greatest-ever Olympian, the most successful male rower in Olympic history, and the only person to have won gold medals at five Olympic Games in an endurance sport.
“Congratulations to Hannah for attempting to row across the Atlantic raising money for two great charities, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Myton Hospice. A fantastic effort and good luck to you on this amazing journey. Train hard!”
Heather Stanning MBE
Captain Heather Mary Stanning MBE, is a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team, and Royal Artillery Officer. Heather and her partner Helen Glover are the World, Olympic and European record holders, plus the reigning Olympic, World, World Cup and European champions in the women’s coxless pairs. The first British rowers to hold all seven distinctions simultaneously and unbeaten in 28 consecutive races, spanning 4 years. Heather and her pairs partner were also the first to win a Gold medal for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“The idea of rowing the Atlantic is absolutely insane, and many people take on the challenge for a variety of personal reasons, but very few with the true knowledge of what awaits them. Hannah and the Inspirational Friends Team have first hand experience of this race, which is all the more exceptional as they set out to row from the Canaries to Antigua for a second time. Most people would say they tried their best and would be commended for their efforts and the money/awareness raised for their cause after the first attempt, however that was not enough for this team…the job was left half done. It is for that reason I support Hannah and her team with this challenge, it is not for the faint hearted or weak minded (the physical strength can be worked on!). It shows incredible strength of character to attempt this twice, so I wish them all the best with it, and look forward to seeing them succeed.”
Alex Gregory MBE
Alex Gregory MBE, is a member of the Great Britain Rowing Team. He won Gold at the London 2012 Olympics and is a multiple World Champion. The proud father of Jasper, Daisy and Jesse, Alex – patron of the British Exploring youth charity – will be looking to win another gold medal on his latest Olympic adventure with the men’s four.
“It’s impossible to truly grasp what Hannah and Harriet will go thorough out there on the Atlantic. Sitting in comfort on the sofa at home we will read updates, hear about the challenges and maybe even for a moment imagine ourselves out there on the waves, but we will never truly appreciate what these two amazing people will be putting themselves through.
This challenge defies what is physically and mentally possible to most. It will be a constant battle to row 3000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary isles to Antigua in the Caribbean and on their seven meter long boat, there will be no rest bite. Battling storms, fighting winds and failure of equipment on which their lives depend are just some of the challenges Inspirational Friends face.
It is my pleasure to support Hannah and Harriet on this challenge, where the money they raise will go to two charities very close to their hearts. I will be following with great interest and hope many more people are inspired buy this mammoth journey!”