Madsen to row around Great Britain

April 15, 2010, 5:10 p.m. (ET)

Among the crew members competing in the GB Row: 2010 is Angela Madsen.

Aged 49 years she takes on the role of navigator in the round Great Britain rowing event which takes place in June 2010.

Madsen’s profile sets the tone for this latest challenge based on The Anglo American Boat Race which originated in 1872 when the Atlanta Rowing Club of New York posted a challenge to the London Rowing Club to row a four-oared race on the Thames. The challenge was accepted and the Anglo-American Boat Race was born.

In 2010 The Anglo American Boat Race Club has been designed with one simple objective: to re-launch one of the world’s most prestigious and exciting rowing competitions and to captivate the American and British imagination by rowing unsupported around the UK. This first challenge in its new format is called GB Row 2010.

Angela  is taking on the key role of navigator of the SeaGals Boat.  A Guinness World Record holder, she was the first woman to row across the Indian Ocean and the first female athlete with a disability to  row across two oceans. She is a seven-time adaptive rowing national team member and is founder of the California Adaptive Rowing Program with a level III coaching certification from US Rowing to add to her list of credentials.

Angela’s other sports include Wheelchair Basketball, Kayaking, Surfing, and Ocean Rowing. Angela surfed in the Women’s World Championships of Surfing in Biarritz, France, in 2006 and 2007 and can be spotted at her local surf breaks regularly hanging two. In February of 2003, the Amateur Athletic Foundation named Angela as a recipient of the Women Who Inspire Us Award; in September of 2003, she received the Leo Reilly, Jr. Award for outstanding spirit and determination. She is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a life member of both the Disabled American Veterans and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The Anglo American Boat Race is an ultra extreme, challenging open water rowing race; and the SeaGals are looking forward to taking on their ‘all-male crew’ competitors.

If you would like to compete in this event with a chance to claim a new world record you will need a strong team of 4 and a fully equipped boat. Once the flag drops on June 1, 2010 at Tower Bridge on the River Thames in Central London there will be no further assistance for boats and crews in their attempt to beat the current world record of 26 days 21 hours and 14 minutes, set by an Army team in 2005.
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