Meet Sarah and the team involved in this expedition. Keep checking back as the team is constantly growing as we get closer to paddle time!
Hey there - thanks for checking out Paddle the Nile. What can I say, I'm a woman on a mission...to paddle the Nile.
I was born in the England before moving to Australia in 2003 to a place that I instantly fell in love with. It's been home ever since and I'm very proud to have become an Australian citizen.
Sport has been a huge part of my life, pretty much since I could walk. I've tried countless types, from horse riding to gymnastics, from windsurfing to skiing and everything in between. Kayaking was a sport I turned to after a diagnosis of arthritis followed by meniscal surgery put an end to my love of distance running. I was devastated to give up running, but it was the greatest gift because it was then I turned to kayaking.
I started with surf ski paddling with my local surf club, North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, and then took up ocean paddling and racing. I've met so many brilliant people through it, forged deep friendships and had heaps of fun on the way. It constantly challenges me and I have the best playground - out at Bondi, Sydney harbour, along the New South Wales coast, it never gets boring. I love to compete too and done a few comps, including:
- Molokai Challenge 2017 (3rd, women)
- Selected for the Australian Team heading to Hong Kong Nov-17 for the World Ocean Racing Championships
- Australian Ocean Racing Series 2017 (1st in series, women's masters)
- Coolangatta Gold Long Course 2014 (Gold, women's masters)
- US Surf Ski Championships 2014 (4th, age group)
When it comes to work, my career has been mostly in banking in risk and project management. Two skills that will definitely come in handy with this expedition. I enjoy my work, but have continued to search for more. After much soul searching, researching and thinking I came up with this expedition. It was like the ultimate light bulb moment when it came together.
So now my paddling is going to take me to a whole new place. Read here for what made me choose this challenge and why I want to do it.
I'm really looking forward to sharing this journey with you.
Thanks for reading
Sarah x x
This expedition is only possible with sponsorship support. A huge thank you to our partners.