Solo Atlantic rower Michelle Lee will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the Winston-Hills – Northmead Combined Probus Club on Thursday, July 11.

The Kellyville woman was the first Australian woman to row solo across any ocean in the world and has an astonishing tale to tell.

Her voyage took her 500kms across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Challenge.

The 88 rowers had 90 days to row 5000 miles. Michelle chose to row solo and spent 68 days at sea rowing to Antigua in the West Indies from the Canary Islands, off the coast of Spain.

One of the things that this very independent Massage therapist learnt was that you should ask for help.

By her reckoning about 100 individuals stepped in and helped including members of the Hills Men’s Shed which she is now a proud member of.

Her trip, she says, was a team effort from building her rowing boat to getting her equipment and keeping her on track.

Her mission now is to encourage others to find “their own Atlantic” and challenge themselves to achieve it. “Don’t tell yourself you can’t, just give it a go. You can do so much more than you think you can.”

To hear Michelle’s incredible story of how a non-rower became an Atlantic champion within three years join the meeting at Baulkham Hills Sport Club on Thursday, July 11 from 1.30pm.

For details call 9620 4281. The club meets on the second Thursday of the month.

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