The limits of sport and human endeavour are there to be challenged; after all, if you haven’t visited the unknown, how do you know if it is impossible.
These words have been motivating Guin Batten.
In 2000, at the Sydney Olympic Games, Guin made history by being part of the crew who won Britain’s first ever female rowing medal at an Olympic Games. This was the highlight of an international career that spanned nine years, two Olympic Games and six World Championships.
Guin also holds the world records for the fastest solo rowing crossing of the English Channel, which she accomplished in a fine rowing shell and for crossing the Zero Degree Channel in the Maldives. Both these records are world firsts and the fastest times for both men and women.
Guin’s time between her challenges and work is shared between FISA, the Federation for World Rowing, where she is the Chair of Rowing for All Commission, Henley Royal Regatta, where she is the first women in 175 years to sit on the Management Committee and as chair of the largest women’s rowing race in the world, the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race. She is also a trustee of the River and Rowing Museum in Henley.
Her dreams have been shattered so many times. The most defining was when at aged 24, at the very door of making the British Team, the GB coaches informed her that she was too small and would never be an international rower. Guin switched boat class into the single scull and in twelve months to the very day was ranked eighth in the world. As they say, the rest is history.
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