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Adventurer, Author, Speaker,

Ocean Rower, Presenter

Biography

Sally is the first woman to have rowed across the Atlantic east-west, twice. She first took to the oars in 2003. Following an initial set back to her first Atlantic attempt, she was joined by an unlikely rowing partner - her mother Sarah Kettle. 106 days later they made it into the record books as the world’s first mother and daughter to row an ocean.

 

In 2005 Sally founded Rowgirls - an all female rowing team striving to break the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing. The team of four were struck by disaster when a crewmate left the boat mid-Atlantic. Subsequently the boat lost its rudder in the worst recorded conditions in 200 yrs and a shark attacked the boat - no lives were lost. Unwilling to give up, Sally and her crew completed the challenge. They arrived in Antigua 77 days later, and became the first three-handed boat ever to complete the trip.

 

Sally’s Odd at Sea (Orana, 2007) – is the autobiography detailing the ocean journeys and the motivations behind them. It's an honest account of her struggles to bring the teams together, and of the difficulties faced when living in a boat smaller than the average bathroom.

 

Sally has had varied further adventures, and now takes her story on the road as a professional inspirational and motivational speaker, addressing national and international audiences. She has spoken to as many as half a million people, gaining profile through national press and television.

 

Sally writes and presents pieces for BBC Radio 4, including "Does Hope Help?" for FourThought and "Jonathan the Tortoise - Operation Go Slow" - for From our Own Correspondant. She also spent six weeks filming in the British Dependancies in the South Atlantic for the television documentary "The Last Horizon".

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All of Sally's adventures have included the opportunity to raise money for charitable causes. She has pulled together over £1/2million.  She has sailed across the North Atlantic aboard a 68ft racing yacht for The Children’s Trust. She also trekked across the Pyrenees with British gymnast Suzanne Dando and a team of women representing the Armed Forces. They raised money for The Royal British Legion. Sally delivered international humanitarian aid on behalf of the NGO, Shelterbox, and is a Trustee for The London Sports Trust. She is also an Ambassador for GirlGuilding.

 

Sally qualified as a Personal Trainer, and was selected to work with athletes at the London 2012 Olympics. She brings these skills to her current post as co-founder and CEO of The Active Pregnancy Foundation. The charity aims to support women to stay active during pregnancy and beyond – a passion project born out of her experiences with IVF and the birth of her daughter.

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