THE BRISTOL GULLS: THE CREW
THE CITY OF BRISTOL DREW THE GULLS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
A LOVE OF ADVENTURE BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Lorna is a passionate sportswoman, constantly looking for her next adventure, whether that be in a boat, on bike or on foot. She is driven by challenges, setting herself a target and pushing until her goal is reached.
Growing up by the sea in Cornwall, Lorna spent a lot of time enjoying sports along the coast. From surf-lifesaving to swimming; the sea is what she loves and respects. It wasn’t until university that she discovered rowing and quickly became addicted to this team sport. Now, nearly 10 years on from learning to row on the River Tawe in Swansea, Lorna is ready to leave behind the Bristol Docks and take on the Atlantic Ocean.
This will undoubtedly be Lorna’s toughest endurance challenge yet. The race will push her mentally and physically to her limits but she couldn’t think of 3 other Bristolians she’d rather row, sleep and eat on repeat with!
Fuelled by flapjack, Sarah has a habit of bucking the trend and finding new ways to satisfy her adventurous spirit. From endurance cycling and skiing to bagpipe touring and high altitude mountain climbing, she is strong minded and passionate about inspiring others to push out of their comfort zones too.
Born and bred in the Scottish Borders, Sarah grew up playing rugby and post-University discovered other team sports such as ice hockey, Aussie rules football and most importantly, after winning the City of Bristol corporate row challenge, rowing. She is a STEM ambassador and hopes her problem solving abilities will add value to the team.
Sarah is thrilled by the opportunity to race alongside three other inspirational women, whilst promoting alternative eco manufacturing methods and a healthy relationship with our oceans.
Adventurer, global traveller and peanut butter addict, Phoebe, is the newest member of our team.
She learnt to row with Lorna at Swansea University, and after becoming slightly obsessed with the sport, spent far more time on the water than in the library. On graduating Phoebe swapped her oars for sails and spent a number of years working on sailing yachts. Now bringing her ocean experience to the team, she couldn't be more excited to get back into a rowing boat with three wonderful women!
Having sailed across the Pacific, hiked the length of New Zealand and cycled across Europe she is not new to adventures and testing her limits, but admits that rowing across the Atlantic will be the biggest challenge she has ever undertaken. As an advocate for sustainable living, Phoebe is delighted to be joining a team of trailblazers and is thrilled to be a Bristol Gull.
Never able to settle for the norm, Sofia is one to try and better herself day in, day out and truly believes challenges are nothing but opportunities for growth and greatness.
Born and raised in Uruguay, she has always had a special love for the sea. When she moved to the UK at the age of 18, she realised there were very few things Uruguay was known for, and that it was very underrepresented in many elite sports, more to the point, rowing. Maybe being the first Uruguayan to row across an ocean will be a small step towards changing that and proving possibilities are endless for all, no matter where you come from.
Within the 100 things Sofia tries to fit in any one day, rowing and strength training is most certainly a massive part of it and her positive ‘can do' attitude and ability to keep going when things get tough will be very valuable to the team.
THE SUPPORT CREW