The first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska is set to inspire children to become leaders and take up sport.
Sarah Outen, who completed the 3,750-miles across the North Pacific, spending 150 gruelling days at sea in her boat Happy Socks, has been appointed ambassador for Inspire+. The charity aims to encourage young people to get involved in activities including sports and volunteering.
The 28-year-old, from Oakham, who is poised for the next stage of her London2London: Via the World challenge - a 1,400-mile kayak trip from Adak, in the Aleutian Islands to mainland Alaska - said she was delighted to be chosen by the charity, set up to optimise the London 2012 Olympics legacy.
The former Stamford High School pupil said: “Sport and adventure have always played a big part in my life and, I believe, shaped the person I have become and will continue to do so forever.
“I am delighted and proud to be Ambassador for Inspire + and support the fantastic work it does in providing opportunities for young people within the context of sport and adventure.”
Chief executive of Inspire+ Vincent Brittain said: “We are delighted and proud that Sarah has become an Ambassador for Inspire+. We hope to inspire thousands of young people through Sarah’s amazing adventure. Through the London2London: Via the World challenge, Sarah is showing enormous courage, commitment, determination and personal excellence - many of the values that as a charity we promote and encourage young people to have.”
The Oxford University biology graduate, who says her adventure would not have been possible without the support of “sponsors, family, friends and my team”, added: “Without them I wouldn’t be here. I am solo only physically – there are in fact a lot of people on my boat with me.”
Next month Sarah will return to the Aleutian Islands with team mate Justine Curgenven to kayak through the archipelago to mainland Alaska. From there she will jump on her bike Hercules and cycle across Canada and the US before rowing solo across the North Atlantic back to the UK.
Inspire+ say Sarah’s expedition will inspire others “to get out there and try something they have always wanted to do”. As ambassador for the charity, she will share her experiences and stories with pupil in schools.