16 October 1980
Debbie came into rowing late after competing in netball and triathlon. She threw herself in head first by deciding to row the Atlantic. No half measures for this girl! She covered 3000 miles with a team of five, ‘smashed it’ and gained two world records, all to raise awareness of the issue of child trafficking which happens to be Debbie’s other passion. Having caught the rowing bug big time from this amazing experience, Debbie has now taken up rowing as a competitive sport.
That amazing 3000- mile Atlantic voyage in 2012, achieving two world records and knocking spots off the previous record, beating it by five whole days!
- A 2000 metre lane race at the Olympic lake at Dorney
- Competing in a single at Womens Henley, a knock out competition and the most prestigious competition for women’s rowing
- Debbie also aims to qualify for Henley Royal regatta, the world’s top rowing regatta.
Debbie’s first ever race in a single was the Wallingford Regatta in May, a really ambitious move as she’d only just started rowing. Amazingly, she finished 3rd. A stress fracture to a rib hampered Debbie’s progress for a while but she’s come back strongly, winning at Reading Head in a quad and a double and taking on Scullers Head and Fours Head in December.