After the disappointment of the postponement of our June Channel row for The AHOY Centre, we’ve been taking a little time out to re-group. It’s a strange feeling when you build yourself up to something major and it doesn’t happen.
Some of us have had our summer holidays and are feeling refreshed and invigorated. Some of us have ‘staycationed’ and made the most of the incredible weather. Some of us have got our heads down and thrown ourselves back in to work whilst coming to terms with the news.
We’ve just had confirmation of our itinerary for our revised row date, and now it’s feeling VERY real again! We are excited to confirm that Rebels hope to take to the English Channel on Thursday 16 August, with 17 & 18 as stand-by dates. Fingers and toes are crossed for clement weather this time!
One thing that the team have found that keeps us motivated is the incredible stories of others who have achieved great things, or who strive to succeed in the face of adversity or other odds. Sport has a way of showing us all that we can do so much if we really put our minds to it.
Here’s a round up of our favourite stories that prove sport is for everyone. If we can’t find motivation in any of these accounts, then we won’t find it anywhere. And what’s even better, they all prove that THIS GIRL CAN!
AHOY HEAD ROWING COACH, SARAH CAIRNS, TRAVELS TO PARIS FOR THE 2018 GAY GAMES
We especially love this story because Sarah has been central to our rowing training. She has given us so much encouragement and advice, and has never been shy to tell us when we’re rowing particularly badly! You can read all about the Gay Games and see the ITV London News interview with Sarah here.
Sarah & her team brought home a bronze medal in the mixed eights rowing. An achievement to be celebrated, for sure.
AMPUTEE & BREAST CANCER SUFFERER, VICKI GILBERT, TAKES PART IN A CHANNEL SWIM RELAY
If anything puts things in to perspective, it’s a story like Vicki’s. The message throughout her story is achievement in the face of adversity. Read Vicki’s incredible story at the Aspire website. Aspire support people with spinal injury.
SEA GALS BECOME THE YOUNGEST FEMALE RELAY TEAM TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
The Sea Gals are a team of 6 girls aged 13 and 14 from south London. After an incredible effort at the end of July this year, they became the youngest female relay team to swim the Channel. To achieve so much at such a tender age, the possibilities for these inspiring young women are limitless. Read all about their challenge here.
So, with renewed motivation, it’s onwards and upwards for Rebels Without Paws. We’ll keep you posted on how we get on next week!
Thank you for your support.
Rebels Without Paws x