ONE MAN ON A SOLO MISSION TO RE-DEFINE DISABILITY - THE ROWING MARINE
On the 18th January 2018, Lee Spencer aka 'The Rowing Marine' will be undertaking an unsupported solo rowing attempt 3,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, a double Guinness World Record attempt.
Lee will be the world's first physically disabled person to row this route solo and unsupported from mainland Europe to mainland South America - setting a new Guinness World Record, proving there is life beyond injury.
During this feat of extraordinary physical and mental endurance, Lee will battle 30 foot waves and 3,500 miles of unpredictable Ocean in nothing more than a 7 metre long ocean rowing boat. Suffering from sleep deprivation, extreme fatigue, sea-sickness, fear and solitude Lee will be out of helicopter range and totally unsupported on the water.
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Lee feels passionately about helping keep wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women at the forefront of people’s minds alongside challenging the embedded preconceptions that impact all those with disabilities. The double Guinness World Record attempt will raise awareness and money for the Royal Marines Charity and The Endeavour Fund (part of The Royal Foundation), which supports wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and Veterans using sport and adventurous challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation.
“I don’t believe anyone should be defined by something they can’t do or their limitations. It’s about rediscovering who you are, not redefining who you are and being labelled. I feel passionately about raising awareness of this and challenging these preconceptions. Disabilities vary and they aren’t just physical either, I hope I am able to inspire all those who seek to rediscover themselves and raise awareness and funds for two very worthy charities who have supported and inspired me ”
Following a medically induced coma, five weeks in hospital and a long stay in rehabilitation, while recovering from his injuries Lee began planning his future. In 2014 Lee was shortlisted for the Pride of Britain award, click Here to see more.
In 2015 Lee set-off to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in just a rowing boat. The Row-to-Recovery team, a team of four injured veterans had just 3 legs between them. In February 2016, some 46 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes later the team rowed into land as the first British military all amputee team of four to row an ocean.
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