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RowingChat with Guin Batten

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“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.” Guin Batten

These words have been the motivating Guin throughout her life.

In 2000 at the Sydney Olympic Games, Guin made history by being part of the crew that won Britain’s first ever female rowing medal at an Olympic Games. This was the highlight of an international career that spanned 9 years, 2 Olympic Games and 6 World Championships.

Guin also holds the world records for the fastest solo rowing crossing of the English Channel 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.

Her dreams have been shattered so many times. The most defining was when aged 24, at the very door of making the British Team the GB coaches informed her she was too small and would never be an international rower. Guin switched boat class into the single scull and in 12 months to the day was ranked 8th in the world. As they say the rest is history.

Guin’s time is shared between FISA, international federation for rowing where she looks after the emerging disciplines of beach and coastal rowing; 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.


UK (GMT) – December 11th 8:00 PM
USA/Canada (PST)December 11th 12:00 Noon
USA/Canada (EST)December 11th 3:00 PM
NZ (NZST)December 12th 9:00 AM
Australia (AEST)December 12th 7:00 AM

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