London Boat Show ticket winner to attempt World Record

London Boat Show ticket winner to attempt World Record


CROWN Pavilions’ competition winner Kiko Matthews enjoyed a glass of Champagne on us – but will soon be giving that up to prepare for a world record rowing challenge.

The former teacher from Raynes Park is planning to row solo across from the Atlantic Ocean from Gran Canaria to Barbados later this year.

Her aim is to break the current female world record, which stands at 56 days, 13 hours and nine minutes.

Kiko’s challenge is being supported by rower Charlie Pitcher, himself a record-holder.

Challenge of a lifetime

Her determination is all the more impressive given she suffered a life-threatening illness a few years ago after being diagnosed with a pituitary tumour, causing a rare disease called Cushing.

Her muscles wasted away at the peak of her illness, leaving her unable to even walk up the stairs and necessitating intensive care for a month.

Kiko plans to tackle her record attempt next winter.

Speaking about the challenge, she said: “It’s an ambitious record attempt and one I’m looking forward to.

“I’m not a rower, I’m just a ‘normal’ person but thankfully I’ve got Charlie with me for advice and guidance.

“Hopefully I can complete the challenge in 45 days but a lot of it will depend on weather, which is something I simply cannot control.

“But it should be a great challenge.”

She added: “I’d like to thank Crown Pavilions for their complimentary tickets and Champagne – they certainly looked after us.”

Every one of us here at Crown Pavilions wishes Kiko the very best of luck with her attempt!

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