Solo Atlantic row on hold, Victoria Evans launches #350Challenge in aid of Women in Sport - Women In Sport

Solo Atlantic row on hold, Victoria Evans launches #350Challenge in aid of Women in Sport

February 2021

Victoria Evans’ pursuit of a world-record solo row across the Atlantic Ocean may have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but it hasn’t stopped her from encouraging girls and women everywhere to stay physically active with the creation of the Sea Change Sport #350Challenge.

The 34-year-old was set to embark on her Atlantic crossing this month, rowing 3,000 miles (5,000km) from Tenerife, Spain to Port St. Charles, Barbados and aiming to arrive in under 49 days, 7 hours and 15 minutes (the current record). Unfortunately, after three years of hard work and preparation, the government of Spain confirmed on 18 February that they would not grant Evans access to the country to depart, the result of measures aimed at limiting the spread of the new strain of coronavirus.

“As you can imagine, this has been a crushing blow so close to the start line,” said Evans, who has decided to postpone the row by a year to early 2022. “But while attempting to break a speed record is a great goal to aim for, my ultimate goal in doing the Atlantic row is to help other women discover sport as a driver for positive change and to raise £50,000 for, and awareness about, UK Charity ‘Women In Sport.’ To maintain the integrity of that campaign the focus now has to be on compliance with the rules. .”

Keen not to allow the postponement to put a halt to achieving her aims, Evans has launched a month-long challenge, the Sea Change Sport #350Challenge, to counter the negative impact the pandemic has had on women’s activity levels.

The gender gap for women’s sport and women’s activity levels has widened during the pandemic, with only a quarter of women meeting recommended daily activity levels. Women report being more anxious about exercising outdoors as well as more affected by both caring responsibilities and a reduction in group activities.

For these reasons, Evans decided to create a community to motivate women to get active. Had she been on the water, Victoria would have been rowing over 350 miles a week, so she is encouraging people to undertake 350 minutes of exercise in March via their preferred discipline.

The #350challenge, which will commence on 1 March and run until 31 March, is an opportunity to:

  • Inspire women to remain active and motivated during lockdown; and
  • Raise crucial funds for UK Charity Women in Sport.

Victoria is asking everyone who completes the #350challenge to donate to Women In Sport via the Sea Change Sport GoFundMe page. Participants are also encouraged to get their friends, family, and employers involved.

A number of #350challenge Ambassadors have already thrown their support behind the initiative, including cycling team ‘The InternationElles’, triathlete group 10 Ironwomen and track and field athlete Lucy Hatton. In addition, certain corporate participants are rolling the initiative out across their businesses.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of Women in Sport, said: “Tori has shown such extraordinary drive and determination in training for her Atlantic row that she is already a role model. Now, even though she’s unable to leave for her epic row due to the pandemic, Tori is demonstrating the resilience that sport gives us. It is amazing how she’s made this commitment to encouraging others to move more during March.”

“We know that sport can have a transformational impact on people’s lives, and that too many women and girls are missing out. Gender stereotypes and cultural bias are holding many girls and women back in life and in sport. Tori is showing what the world misses out on when women are sidelined and will be inspiring countless others. We’re so grateful to Tori for choosing to raise money for our charity so we can do more to ensure that no one is excluded from the joy, fulfilment and lifelong benefits of sport.”

How to join the #350challenge:

Participants who successfully complete the challenge in March will secure a place at a virtual closing event.

Want to learn more, head to the Sea Change Sport website.

 

 

 

Victoria Evans’ pursuit of a world-record solo row across the Atlantic Ocean may have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but it hasn’t stopped her from encouraging girls and women everywhere to stay physically active with the creation of the Sea Change Sport #350Challenge.

 

The 34-year-old was set to embark on her Atlantic crossing this month, rowing 3,000 miles (5,000km) from Tenerife, Spain to Port St. Charles, Barbados and aiming to arrive in under 49 days, 7 hours and 15 minutes (the current record). Unfortunately, after three years of hard work and preparation, the government of Spain confirmed on 18 February that they would not grant Evans access to the country to depart, the result of measures aimed at limiting the spread of the new strain of coronavirus.

 

“As you can imagine, this has been a crushing blow so close to the start line,” said Evans, who has decided to postpone the row by a year to early 2022. “But while attempting to break a speed record is a great goal to aim for, my ultimate goal in doing the Atlantic row is to help other women discover sport as a driver for positive change and to raise £50,000 for, and awareness about, UK Charity ‘Women In Sport.’ To maintain the integrity of that campaign the focus now has to be on compliance with the rules. .”

Keen not to allow the postponement to put a halt to achieving her aims, Evans has launched a month-long challenge, the Sea Change Sport #350Challenge, to counter the negative impact the pandemic has had on women’s activity levels.

The gender gap for women’s sport and women’s activity levels has widened during the pandemic, with only a quarter of women meeting recommended daily activity levels. Women report being more anxious about exercising outdoors as well as more affected by both caring responsibilities and a reduction in group activities.

For these reasons, Evans decided to create a community to motivate women to get active. Had she been on the water, Victoria would have been rowing over 350 miles a week, so she is encouraging people to undertake 350 minutes of exercise in March via their preferred discipline.

The #350challenge, which will commence on 1 March and run until 31 March, is an opportunity to:

  • Inspire women to remain active and motivated during lockdown; and
  • Raise crucial funds for UK Charity Women in Sport.

 

Victoria is asking everyone who completes the #350challenge to donate to Women In Sport via the Sea Change Sport GoFundMe page. Participants are also encouraged to get their friends, family, and employers involved.

 

A number of #350challenge Ambassadors have already thrown their support behind the initiative, including cycling team ‘The InternationElles’, triathlete group 10 Ironwomen and track and field athlete Lucy Hatton. In addition, certain corporate participants are rolling the initiative out across their businesses.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of Women in Sport, said: “Tori has shown such extraordinary drive and determination in training for her Atlantic row that she is already a role model. Now, even though she’s unable to leave for her epic row due to the pandemic, Tori is demonstrating the resilience that sport gives us. It is amazing how she’s made this commitment to encouraging others to move more during March.”

“We know that sport can have a transformational impact on people’s lives, and that too many women and girls are missing out. Gender stereotypes and cultural bias are holding many girls and women back in life and in sport. Tori is showing what the world misses out on when women are sidelined and will be inspiring countless others. We’re so grateful to Tori for choosing to raise money for our charity so we can do more to ensure that no one is excluded from the joy, fulfilment and lifelong benefits of sport.”

How to join the #350challenge:

  • Sign up using the online form found here

 

 

 

 

Participants who successfully complete the challenge in March will secure a place at a virtual closing event.

 

Want to learn more, head to the Sea Change Sport website.