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Astro to Atlantic Team Inspires Sixth Form

Newton Abbot College Sixth Form welcomed team members of the ‘Astro to Atlantic’ rowing team as part of their ‘Women’s Half Hour’ series held on Friday mornings. 

Two members of the four-strong Atlantic Challenge rowing team joined the young women of Sixth Form to talk about their incredible accomplishment. Helen Symons and Chloe Harvey were part of the team who recently competed in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, rowing an incredible 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua, and raising money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
The crew were all hockey teammates from Devon who took up rowing specifically to take part in the race which involved rowing 2 hours on, two hours off, 24 hours a day. Despite being rowing novices, the ladies placed second with a rowing time of 45 days, 15 hours and 45 minutes. 

The team mates spoke of their experiences of the 45 day crossing
The team mates spoke of their experiences of the 45 day crossing

As well as talking about their experiences, the rowers shared knowledge, answered questions from the audience and helped inspire the College’s Sixth Form students. 

Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Natasha Martin, said: “It was a truly inspirational visit from two of the Astro to Atlantic team who showed us all that when women put their mind to something and work together to achieve it we are all capable of extraordinary things! They were so engaging and happy to answer questions from our girls about their incredible adventure – they had some really important lessons about team work, resilience, and the value of stepping outside of your comfort zone. A very empowering start to our day!”

Year 13 student, Tasha McGivern said: “I was blown away by the visit. We are always encouraged to follow our passions and never to give up; to have had the team coming in to tell us how they have actually achieved it was amazing. I came out of the session feeling like I could do anything if I put my mind to it!”