New face joins the Brightsides

There’s a new face on the Brightsides rowing team – and she’s already making waves.   Anna Williams has joined the cross-Atlantic rowing team which is raising money for Get A-Head and Meningitis Now. Here, team leader Rod Adlington updates us on the latest news from the Brightsides camp.

We’ve got a new face on the Brightsides crew – and she’s already making a huge impression.

Anna Williams – a 29-year-old small animal vet from Lancashire – has joined the crew after stepping up from the reserve spot.

For Anna, the chance to row across the Atlantic is something of a dream come true, and her fantastic personality and background as an ultra-athlete means she brings a terrific new dynamic to our team.

Anna is certainly no stranger to a gruelling physical challenge. She has rowed competitively for a number of years and completed her first multi-day ultramarathon in September.

She said: “I feel very lucky to be doing it with such an incredible crew, and whilst I’m under no impression that it’s going to be an easy six weeks out there – huge waves, over-enthusiastic marlins, seasickness – I hope that we’ll pull each other through as a crew, have a laugh along the way, and arrive in Antigua with incredible memories and stories to tell.

“As well as doing this for ‘the challenge’, we’ll be rowing to raise money and awareness for Meningitis Now and Get A-Head, two charities that have deeply personal ties to the crew.

“I’m honoured to have been selected as the fourth member of The Brightsides crew and can’t wait to get started. Antigua, we’re coming for you! Let’s get it!”

Anna speaks for all of us when she says she cannot wait to get the row under way and with her passion and enthusiasm on board, I’m certain we will be in the best possible place to complete the 3,000 mile crossing in the best possible shape.

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