Adventurer Sarah Outen shortlisted for award

Sarah Outen at Rutland Water, Barnsdale.'Photo: MSMP131112-006ow
Sarah Outen at Rutland Water, Barnsdale.'Photo: MSMP131112-006ow
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An adventurer who was forced to cut short a round-the-world trip has been shortlisted for an award for inspirational women.

Sarah Outen, 27, from Oakham, is one of six women chosen in the arts, media and culture category of the Women of the Future Awards.

Sarah, a former Stamford High School pupil, was nominated for her achievements in world exploration, which include being the first women and youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean.

She was nominated by Rebecca Rees, from Edith Weston, who was shortlisted in the mentor of the year category in 2011.

Sarah said: “I was chuffed to be nominated and to be shortlisted as well is special. It’s really cool that Rutland women are being represented in force.

“There are some really brilliant women nominated for a variety of things.”

Sarah is currently training for a second attempt across the Pacific Ocean as part of a challenge to travel round the world using manpower alone.

She had to cut short her attempt to cycle, row and kayak around the world in June when her boat capsized in the middle of a storm.

She added: “Everything is going well. I am currently down in Cornwall with my boat builders. They are modifying the boat based on what we have learned from the last attempt.

“It will be ready to come back to Rutland quite soon. We are bringing more sponsors and team members in as well. I have four months before heading out to Japan so there is quite a lot to do.

“I have got my belief back now and I am really positive about the next attempt and the progress we are making.”