Sports Ambassador

Woodlands are delighted to have Rachel Smith as our Sports Ambassador.

Rachel never excelled in sport at school, was genuinely the last to be picked for teams and in all honesty, isn’t really designed for rowing. But her love of the water led to kayaking and dragon boat racing, and the introduction to ocean rowing came through a dragon boat racing team-mate who rowed the Atlantic solo. With her encouragement, the idea of rowing an ocean was firmly planted and 2007, Rachel and her best friend took on the challenge to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Facing waves as big as houses, wildlife with big teeth, rowing 2 hours on, 2 hours off for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and a terrifying capsize 300 miles from the finish, the pair faced many challenges and emotions as they battled across the ocean.

76 days, 11 minutes and 12 seconds later they stepped off the boat in Antigua, holding hands and still best friends. They’ve since been awarded a Guinness world record for their achievement and that record still stands today.

Rachel is passionate about helping young people to believe in themselves and try new challenges. We all know that life is full of ups and downs, and she firmly believes it’s only through challenging ourselves that we develop the ability to cope and turn the tough times into positive experiences to complement the successes.

Rachel told us ‘I’m honoured and delighted to become the Sports Ambassador for Woodlands Primary School. Sport and activity are important on so many levels, from developing skill that help us in life, to keeping fit and leading a healthy lifestyle. I’m really looking forward to being part of the Woodlands family and joining the students and staff on some exciting projects and events through the year.'

Rachel's twitter address is @rachelqsmith



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Woodlands Primary School

Eddisbury Road
Ellesmere Port
CH66 2JT

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Tel: 0151 338 2260
Fax: 0151 355 1975

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