adventurer, author, ambassador
In 2007, Elin rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. Completing 2552 miles in a 24 foot boat as part of an all female pair. Dubbed the 'Nautical Nurses', the journey took 77 days 7 hours and 37 minutes. The girls conquered 40ft waves, scorching heat and narrow misses with cargo ships. Elin landed in Antigua to become the first Welsh woman to ever row across the Atlantic Ocean.
Before deciding to row across the Atlantic Elin had never rowed and had never been out to sea. But she was determined to fulfil her dream, and to raise money and awareness for metabolic research. The area that Elin had chosen to study for her PhD.
Fourteen months later Elin joined team 'Ocean Angels' to set a world FIRST record by becoming the first all female crew to row 3139 miles across the Indian Ocean - taking 78 days, 15 hours and 54 minutes. The girls were battered by the elements, faced heavy storms that broke vital equipment and injured one of the crew. But continued on their quest blessed with an amazing team spirit.
More people have been to space than have rowed an ocean - let alone row two oceans!
Not content to leave the third (and largest) ocean untouched, Elin began the mammoth task of learning how to sail and took part in the Clipper Round the World yacht race in order to make the crossing of nearly 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. Completing a hat-trick of oceans!
Elin has also completed numerous other adventures. Her efforts over the years has raised over £250,000 for her chosen charities. She is particularly passionate about being an ambassador for children, raising money for research that will eventually help the lives of children.
Elin’s rowing and fundraising achievements have been acknowledged by the Welsh Assembly, with an award ‘For Services to Wales’, presented by First Minister of Wales Rhodri Morgan, in October 2009. In June 2010 Elin was also short listed for two awards (Global and Sport) by the Institute of Welsh Affairs, in their first ever "Inspire Wales Awards".
An engaging speaker
During her career Elin has presented scientific data in conferences around the world. With a flare for public speaking, Elin has also delivered countless edge of the seat motivational, inspirational and after dinner speeches encompassing tales of drama on the high seas and of her grit and determination to succeed. She comfortably reports her stories, and shares her amazing experiences in Welsh and English. Her warm and open personality means that Elin has the ability to combine her adventures with real life challenges to produce entertaining, motivating and informative talks for her listeners. Her stories have the audience enthralled from start to finish.