ATLANTIC rowing challenge

Wodonga’s Rosie Arnel and Angela Lawrence plan to row across the Atlantic Ocean later this year; to challenge themselves and to raise vital funds for the Mcgrath Foundation.

words Coral Cooksley photos Kurtis Hickling

2022-04-08T07:00:00.0000000Z

2022-04-08T07:00:00.0000000Z

North East Media

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COMMITMENT, dedication, perseverance, courage and true Ýěåħʇŀāīõaeʇ¿êʇñīğħʇğāúêʇāüʇħâêʇ¨ŕěå¿īħêğʇħāʇaeêğàěå¿êʇ–āaeāûý¨ɶğʇ Rosie Arnel and Angela Lawrence who will in December this year ğêħʇāőʇāûʇ¨ʇûāûɨğħāęʇȡȥȝȝʇóåõāúêħěêʇěāŀåûýʇàâ¨õõêûýêʇ¨àěāğğʇ Ħâêʇ Ħõ¨ûħåàʇxàê¨ûɉʇoěêę¨ěåûýʇüāěʇāûêʇāüʇħâêʇŀāěõaeɶğʇħāīýâêğħʇ rows has seen the team mates train tirelessly for the last 12 months to achieve their extreme ambition. –åħâʇħâêåěʇħê¨úʇɵ īħʇ¨ʇ ěê¨úɶɊʇħâêʇħŀāɨęêěğāûʇàěêŀʇåûʇħâêåěʇ āàê¨ûʇěāŀåûýʇ¿ā¨ħʇû¨úêaeʇɵ āīaeåàê¨ɶʇŀâåàâʇúê¨ğīěêğʇ¨ěāīûaeʇ ğêľêûʇ¿ņʇȞɉȣʇúêħěêğɊʇ¨ěêʇħâêʇoeěğħʇ īğħě¨õå¨ûʇŀāúêûɶğʇħê¨úʇ Ħāʇêûħêěʇħâêʇýěīêõõåûýʇ}¨õåğóêěʇ–âåğóêņʇ Ħõ¨ûħåàʇ â¨õõêûýêʇ āěý¨ûåğêaeʇ¿ņʇ Ħõ¨ûħåàʇ ¨úę¨åýûğɉʇ ʇà¨ęʇāüʇȡȝʇħê¨úğʇüěāúʇ ¨ěāīûaeʇħâêʇýõā¿êʇŀåõõʇğêħʇāőʇŀêğħʇüěāúʇv¨ûʇv꿨ğħå¨ûʇåûʇl¨ʇ 5āúêě¨Ɋʇ ¨û¨ěņʇ=ğõ¨ûaeğʇåûʇvę¨åûʇħāʇ ûħåýī¨ʇåûʇħâêʇ ¨ěå¿¿ê¨ûɶğʇ –Êğħʇ=ûaeåêğʇāûʇ ÊÀÊÚ¿ÊĚʇȞȟɉ }âêʇ¨aeľêûħīěāīğʇę¨åěʇâ¨ğʇħ¨óêûʇāûʇħâêʇêńħěêúêʇêûaeīě¨ûàêʇ Àâ¨õõêûýêɊʇêńęêàħêaeʇħāʇħ¨óêʇ¨ěāīûaeʇȢȝʇħāʇȣȝʇae¨ņğɊʇ¨ğʇ¨ʇ Üīûaeě¨åğêěʇüāěʇħâêʇqà5ě¨ħâʇ4āīûae¨ħåāûɉʇ ěê¨ğħʇà¨ûàêěʇ survivor Rosie has overcome many personal challenges as ğâêʇýě¨ęęõêaeʇŀåħâʇħâêʇåûğåaeåāīğʇaeåğê¨ğêʇħâ¨ħʇğħěīàóʇåûʇħâêʇ ğêàāûaeʇħěåúêğħêěʇāüʇęěêýû¨ûàņʇŀåħâʇâêěʇğêàāûaeʇàâåõaeʇåûʇȟȝȞȡɉʇʇ Üħêěʇêńęêěåêûàåûýʇħâêʇqà5ě¨ħâʇ4āīûae¨ħåāûʇoeěğħʇâ¨ûaeʇɨʇŀâåàâʇ ğīęęāěħğʇ¿ěê¨ğħʇà¨ûàêěʇę¨ħåêûħğʇ¨ûaeʇħâêåěʇü¨úåõåêğʇɨʇrāğåêɶğʇ wish is to help extend its reach in providing a breast care nurse to more patients. “I want to help others not feel alone and to believe in a future,” she said. ɳ=ħʇŀ¨ğʇęěêŕņʇâ¨ěaeʇüāěʇúêʇħāʇaeê¨õʇŀåħâʇ¨ħʇħâêʇħåúêʇ¿īħʇêåýâħʇ years on I have been able to overcome those obstacles where =ɶľêʇęâņğåà¨õõņʇ¨ûaeʇúêûħ¨õõņʇúāľêaeʇāûɊʇ¨ûaeʇ⨾êʇěê¨õõņʇğêħʇ some challenging goals for myself.” Inspired by a television documentary four years ago where Ħŀāʇŀāúêûʇěāŀêaeʇ¨àěāğğʇħâêʇo¨àåoeàʇxàê¨ûʇåûʇ¨ʇğåúåõ¨ěʇ ÀāûħêğħɊʇrāğåêʇğ¨åaeʇħâ¨ħɶğʇŀâêûʇğâêʇ¿êà¨úêʇ¨ŀ¨ěêʇāüʇħâêʇ }¨õåğóêěʇ–âåğóêņʇ Ħõ¨ûħåàʇ â¨õõêûýêɉʇvâêʇaeêàåaeêaeʇħāʇêú¿¨ěóʇāûʇ a plan to achieve her dream. “I thought they were amazing and if you met the Ęěêěêěīåğåħêğʇ¨ûņāûêʇàāīõaeʇħ¨óêʇę¨ěħɉʇ=ħɶğʇŀâ¨ħʇ=ʇŀ¨ûħêaeʇħāʇ Aeāʇêľêûʇħâāīýâʇ=ɶúʇûāħʇ¨ʇěāŀêěʇāěʇ¨ʇğ¨åõāěɊɴʇħâêʇȡȝɨņê¨ěɨāõaeʇ ğ¨åaeɉʇ–åħâʇħâêʇûêêaeʇüāěʇêûħě¨ûħğʇħāʇ⨾êʇħâêåěʇāŀûʇāàê¨ûʇ ěāŀåûýʇ¿ā¨ħɊʇrāğåêʇ¨ûaeʇâêěʇûīú¿êěʇāûêʇğīęęāěħêěʇɨʇâīğ¿¨ûaeʇ ě¨åýʇɨʇŕêŀʇħāʇlāûaeāûʇħāʇ¿īņʇ¨ʇľêğğêõʇüěāúʇ¨ʇħŀāɨúêú¿êěʇ Ŀāúêûɶğʇħê¨úʇŀâāʇâ¨aeʇŀāûʇħâêʇŀāúêûɶğʇà¨ħêýāěņʇåûʇ¨ûʇê¨ěõåêěʇ challenge across the Atlantic Ocean. >> “We’ve left the boat over there with the boat builders because of the time and cost involved in travel, and Ange and I ğêħʇāőʇûêńħʇúāûħâʇüāěʇ¨ʇüāīěʇŀêêóʇħě¨åûåûýʇàāīěğêɊɴʇrāğåêʇğ¨åaeɉʇ vâêʇ¿êõåêľêğʇ¨ûņāûêʇà¨ûʇ¨ŕêúęħʇýěê¨ħʇàâ¨õõêûýêğʇåûʇħâêåěʇõåüêʇ åüʇħâêņʇàâāāğêʇ¨ûaeʇğêħʇħâêåěʇúåûaeʇħāʇåħɉ ɳ4åľêʇņê¨ěğʇ¨ýāʇ=ʇaeêoeûåħêõņʇŀāīõaeʇûāħʇ⨾êʇ¿êõåêľêaeʇêûāīýâʇ åûʇúņğêõüʇħāʇêľêûʇħâåûóʇ¨¿āīħʇħâêʇåaeê¨Ɋɴʇğâêʇğ¨åaeɉʇ “As a breast cancer survivor I had to overcome many mental Àâ¨õõêûýêğʇ¨ûaeʇûêľêěʇåú¨ýåûêaeʇ=ʇŀāīõaeʇ¿êʇåûʇħâêʇęāğåħåāûʇ =ʇ¨úʇåûʇûāŀɉʇ=ʇõê¨ěûħʇ¨ʇõāħʇ¨¿āīħʇúņğêõüʇaeīěåûýʇ¨ûaeʇ¨üħêěʇúņʇ diagnosis and treatment, and became very intrigued by Ħâêʇà¨ę¨¿åõåħåêğʇāüʇúņʇ¿āaeņʇ¨ûaeʇúåûaeɉʇ Üħêěʇàāúęõêħåûýʇúņʇ Ħěê¨ħúêûħʇęõ¨ûɊʇ¨ûaeʇŀâêûʇ=ʇ¿êà¨úêʇęâņğåà¨õõņʇ¨¿õêɊʇ=ʇęīħʇ myself outside of my comfort zone by doing the things I used Ħāʇħâåûóʇ¨ûaeʇaeěê¨úʇ¨¿āīħʇ¿īħʇñīğħʇûêľêěʇaeåaeɊʇêľêûʇüěāúʇ¿êüāěêʇ úņʇaeå¨ýûāğåğɉʇ Êà¨īğêʇāüʇħâåğɊʇúņʇěêğåõåêûàêʇýěêŀɊʇ¨ûaeʇúņʇ ¨¿åõåħņʇ¨ûaeʇàāûoeaeêûàêʇåûʇúņğêõüʇñīğħʇóêęħʇåûàěê¨ğåûýɉʇvāʇŀâêûʇ =ʇüāīûaeʇāīħʇ¨¿āīħʇħâêʇ}¨õåğóêěʇ–âåğóêņʇ Ħõ¨ûħåàʇ â¨õõêûýêɊʇ=ʇ Ħâåûóʇħâåğʇñīğħʇâ¨ęęêûêaeʇ¨ħʇħâêʇěåýâħʇħåúêɉʇ=ʇħâāīýâħʇħâêěêʇåğʇûāʇ ěê¨ğāûʇ=ʇà¨ûûāħʇħěņʇħāʇaeāʇħâåğɉɴ ğʇrāğåêʇğê¨ěàâêaeʇüāěʇ¨ʇħê¨úʇú¨ħêʇħāʇħ¨óêʇīęʇħâêʇ Àâ¨õõêûýêɊʇğâêʇaeåğàāľêěêaeʇ¨ʇğâ¨ěêaeʇõāľêʇāüʇğęāěħʇŀåħâʇüêõõāŀʇ Ŀāěóʇàāõõê¨ýīêʇ ûýêɊʇŀâāğêʇåûħêěêğħʇŀ¨ğʇğę¨ěóêaeʇāľêěʇ¨ʇàīęʇ āüʇàāőêêɉ ɳ=ʇóûêŀʇ¨¿āīħʇrāğåêɶğʇğħāěņʇŀåħâʇâêěʇ¿ěê¨ğħʇà¨ûàêěʇ¨ûaeʇâ¨aeʇ ¿Êêûʇåûğęåěêaeʇ¿ņʇâāŀʇğâêʇàāīõaeʇaeāʇğāúêħâåûýʇõåóêʇħâåğɊɴʇħâêʇ Ƞȝɨņê¨ěɨāõaeʇħê¨àâêěʇğ¨åaeɉʇ ɳvâêɶğʇ¨ʇýěê¨ħʇęêěğāûʇħāʇ¿êʇ¨ěāīûaeʇ¨ûaeʇ¨üħêěʇāīěʇàāőêêʇ =ʇğ¨åaeʇħāʇúņʇę¨ěħûêěʇq¨ŕʇɵ=ɶúʇýāåûýʇāûʇ¨ʇħŀāʇúāûħâʇěāŀåûýʇ Àâ¨õõêûýêʇåûʇ¨ʇğú¨õõʇ¿ā¨ħʇāûʇħâêʇāàê¨ûɶɉɴ Üħêěʇħ¨óåûýʇāûʇ¨ʇęêěğāû¨õʇħě¨åûêěʇõ¨ğħʇņê¨ěʇħâêʇaeņû¨úåàʇaeīāʇ ⨾êʇě¨ûɊʇàņàõêaeɊʇğŀ¨úɊʇğęêûħʇħåúêʇ¨ħʇħâêʇýņúʇ¨ûaeʇûāŀʇ⨾êʇ Ħâêåěʇāŀûʇěāŀåûýʇú¨àâåûêğʇħāʇħāęʇīęʇħâêåěʇħě¨åûåûýʇ¨ħʇâāúêɉʇ ûʇ ÊŃÀÅĦÊAEʇ ûýêʇğ¨åaeʇħâêņʇīûaeêěğħ¨ûaeʇħâêåěʇħåúêʇāûʇħâêʇâåýâʇğê¨ğʇ While balancing the physical and mental challenges of a nearly two month long journey, while seeing incredible sunsets and sunrises, night time crystal clear skies and incredible marine life, Ange said the night rowing will be tough as they try not to fall asleep. “It will also be daunting to see a whale anytime and the weather could change suddenly at night where the boat could ěāõõʇ¨ûaeʇà¨ęğåōêɊɴʇğâêʇğ¨åaeɉʇ ʇğ¨üêħņʇõåûêʇāüʇŀ¨ħêěʇ¿āŕõêğʇŀåõõʇ also act as a balance in rough weather - where waves can be īęʇħāʇğêľêûʇúêħěêğʇɨʇħāʇęěêľêûħʇਿåûğʇoeõõåûýʇŀåħâʇŀ¨ħêěɉ “We have an auto navigation system where our coordinates are entered and in very bad conditions if we have to sit it out in the cabin, we have a parachute anchor to slow the boat down and keep it on track,” said Rosie. “When the weather passes we can go back to rowing. A ¿åýʇåğğīêʇüāěʇ¨õõʇħê¨úğʇüāěʇħâêʇoeěğħʇħŀāʇāěʇħâěêêʇŀêêóğʇåğʇğê¨ʇ ğåàóûêğğʇŀâåàâʇ¨őêàħğʇêľêěņāûêɊʇ¨ûaeʇħâ¨ħʇà¨ûʇ¿êʇaeê¿åõåħ¨ħåûýʇ as well.” Around three or four months out from the start date, the sea adventurers will be revving training up hard before heading to the Canary Islands for the start. Proud of their fundraising achievements so far, the rowing partners raised just under $3000 during a breast awareness fundraising campaign last October where for every $100 donated each day, they took on a 50 kilometre challenge on rowing machines. The activity had Ħāʇoeħʇåûʇŀåħâʇŀāěóʇàāúúåħúêûħğʇ¨ğʇŀêõõʇ¨ğʇŀāěóʇ¨ěāīûaeʇrāğåêɶğʇ sons; 11 year old Oliver and seven year old Will. A Wodonga bowling club fundraising night earlier this year raised $1500 which was an overwhelming sum for the duo. Passionate about inspiring the younger generation and ğêŕåûýʇ¨ûʇêń¨úęõêʇɨʇę¨ěħåàīõ¨ěõņʇüāěʇņāīûýʇýåěõğʇɨʇâ¨ğʇ¿êêûʇ important for Ange. ɳ–êʇâāęêʇņāīûýʇęêāęõêʇúåýâħʇğ¨ņʇħâêņʇ⨾êûɶħʇâê¨ěaeʇ of anything like this challenge before, and that they might believe that anything is possible,” she said. “We want them to believe in themselves and to take on their own challenges in whatever interests them.” As they think about what it will be like to reach the end destination after their time on the Atlantic Ocean, Rosie said she will have a big smile on her face - but right now she is unable to gauge how she might feel. Ange wonders if she ɳŀåõõʇ¿êʇýāāaeʇêûāīýâɴʇ¨ûaeʇɳ¨ʇýāāaeʇħê¨úʇú¨ħêɴɉʇ}âêʇêńàåħêaeʇ ʨåěʇ⨾êʇoeûýêěğʇàěāğğêaeʇħâêåěʇü¨úåõåêğʇŀåõõʇ¿êʇ¨ħʇħâêʇāħâêěʇ end to greet them, which will depend on what overseas travel restrictions might be in place at the time. With so much support from partners, families, friends and work colleagues ɨʇêľêěņʇāûêʇüīõõʇāüʇęě¨åğêʇ¨¿āīħʇŀâ¨ħʇħâêņɶěêʇaeāåûýʇɨʇrāğåêʇ and Ange hope their amazing adventure will inspire others. –âåõêʇrāğåêʇŀåõõʇúåğğʇâêěʇğāûɶğʇęěåú¨ěņʇğàâāāõʇýě¨aeī¨ħåāûʇɨʇ ¨ûaeʇħâêņɶõõʇ¿āħâʇúåğğʇ âěåğħú¨ğʇàêõê¿ě¨ħåāûğʇɨʇħâêʇåûħěêęåaeʇ pair said they would celebrate each event on the boat with a few champagne bubbles, some Christmas fruit cake made ¿Ņʇrāğåêɶğʇ¨īûħʇ¨ûaeʇ ûýêɶğʇü¨ľāīěåħêʇɨʇ}åúʇ}¨úğɉʇrāħʇħāāʇğīěêʇ about conversation topics on the epic row, they said weather Ŀåõõʇaeêoeûåħêõņʇ¿êʇāûʇħâêʇ¨ýêûae¨ɉ With the Mcgrath Foundation close to their heart, “But ¨ʇ ěê¨úɶʇåğʇğêêóåûýʇğęāûğāěğâåęʇüěāúʇõāà¨õʇàāúę¨ûåêğʇ¨ûaeʇ organisations to raise funds to support the organisation through their epic adventure. ɳ–êɶěêʇâāęåûýʇħâěāīýâʇaeåőêěêûħʇêľêûħğʇåûʇħâêʇõê¨aeʇīęʇħāʇ the challenge - and by word of mouth, social media and other channels - people will want to jump on board in helping us Ħāʇě¨åğêʇüīûaeğɊɴʇrāğåêʇğ¨åaeɉʇ}âêʇɵ īħʇ¨ʇ ěê¨úɶʇħê¨úʇåğʇğħěåľåûýʇ to reach a target of $80,000 to support their cause where donations can be made by visiting their website at www.butadream.net/the-challenge.

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