THE BRISTOL GULLS: THE CREW
THE CITY OF BRISTOL DREW THE GULLS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
A LOVE OF ADVENTURE BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Baby of the boat, Ali, is the Gulls' resident Scottish Lass who never shies away from a challenge. Ali loves exploring the world from as many perspectives as she possibly can.
After spending her younger years in Glasgow, Ali moved to Bristol and it was here that she discovered the world of rowing when she joined Bristol Ariel Rowing Club as a cox. Ali has always felt at her calmest on the water and spent hours at a time on surfboards before realising that her slight stature and extremely loud voice made her perfect for coxing – although she has promised that her inner cox won’t emerge during the Atlantic row!
As a vegan, Ali is super passionate about The Bristol Gulls and what they can do to raise awareness of pollution – the way she sees it, if four ladies can limit their waste on a boat for up to 2 months, then there’s no stopping the rest of us back home!
The ‘globetrotter’, Chloe, has lived in all four corners of the world. She is always looking for the next adventure, new horizons, new challenges to face. From skydiving and rock climbing to scuba-diving and bungee jumping, Chloe likes to push her limits, learning more about herself and the world every time.
She was born in Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and was very lucky to grow up on tropical islands which no doubt inspired her love and passion for our Oceans. A few years back she discovered Ocean Rowing and knew that one day, she would be that one person in one of those boats crossing one of those oceans.
Having set up her own initiative tackling plastic pollution in Bristol waterways, Chloe is delighted for The Bristol Gulls to use the challenge for a greater cause raising awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans.
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!
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