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Why I Row For Freedom- Katie Pattison-Hart

Katie Pattison-HartI decided to have a year out from the corporate environment after 8yrs in Banking, where I set up a branch of an International bank in the UAE, followed by a year as a Sales Director for a consulting firm.

I made a list of everything I wanted to achieve outside of corporate life and in there was a very clear focus on sports, physical and mental challenges that I wanted to pursue. I must say that rowing was not on my list! I didn’t even know how to row! That said I feel very at home on a boat and I love being near the water.

I then met Julia Immonen at a BBQ in Dubai earlier on this year and we chatted about endurance training. We clicked straight away and I was so intrigued and excited by the campaign RowForFreedom I literally jumped on board.

My eyes have since been opened to this horrific crime of trafficking and I love that we are 6 ordinary girls all passionate about this challenge to raise awareness against child trafficking and promote freedom. The thought that the young traffick victims are put in such awful situations will be the motivation to push ourselves through the pain barriers that we will feel whilst training and crossing the Atlantic.

I can’t get enough of our time together as a team (I wonder if I’ll be saying that after 40 days at sea together J). The energy between us is just amazing. We’ve definitely left lasting impressions where ever we go and we will continue to do so to help raise awareness to fight child trafficking across the world xxx

3 Response to “Why I Row For Freedom- Katie Pattison-Hart ”
Amy Nelson (nee Rattigan)
November 19, 2011
7:28 pm

Comment :

Hi Katie
Of all the girls I went to school with it really doesn’t surprise me that it’s you who is taking this challenge! What a fantastic thing to do for such a worthwhile cause! I hope your hard work and effort pays off and helps put a stop to this hideous practice.
Wishing you and your team all the very best – you go girl!
Love Amy x x x x

Junior Baller
September 10, 2012
12:18 pm

Comment :

You are such a motivaion to a beckfoot student like me who aims to ball for England at wheelchair basketball cos when I’m 25 im gunna be in a wheelchair!!!! xxxxxx

Sean Conway
September 26, 2012
9:38 pm

Comment :

Thanks so much for opening Beckfoot last week! I am a yr. 8 and i was really inspired and i have always had a dream of doing a big thing for charity and you has certainly proved that anyone(from beckfoot JK) can do anything.
So you know, i expected Kimberly Walsh to open!
You have inspired so much that when i leave beckfoot i will apply for BRITschool and i will do lots for charity.

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