In 2012 Katie and four other women rowed across the world’s second largest Ocean covering 5,000kms from the Canary Islands to Barbados. With no outside assistance and no sight of land for 45 days, the women braved 50ft waves and survived on dehydrated food and desalinated water whilst rowing (naked) on a two-hour shift system all day and all night. With equipment malfunctions, huge storms, sleep deprivation, sea salt sores, only one seasoned rower in the team, no home comforts and a bucket as a toilet.
Katie shares her captivating story of how they smashed two Guinness World Records! They are:
- The fastest female crew to row across the Atlantic Ocean
- The first female crew of five to row any Ocean
Katie is a British national who was born and brought up in Brunei. She went on to study Financial Economics in the UK where she started her career in an International Bank. Katie climbed the corporate ladder in the same company over an eight-year period working in various locations in the UK and Dubai, where she has now been based since 2005. Katie went on to be a Director of a UAE based Finance House and later worked as a Sales Director of a Consultancy Firm. In 2011, Katie decided to take a career break and joined the RowForFreedom team raising awareness and funds against Human Trafficking.
Katie has strong business acumen with a tenacious attitude towards tasks. She is often referred to as a natural leader and an inspiration to others. Katie now has her own fashion line called Boho Princessa and is a Motivational Speaker.