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Lizanne van Vuuren

Team Member (2nd Leg)

AGE: 26

JOB IN THE REAL WORLD: Osteopath

Past adventures/sporting success: My whole life’s been a bit of an adventure, and I hope it stays that way.
When it comes to sport I like to do everything, it’s a big part of my life. At age 10 I was the Under 14 High Jump Record Holder (should have quit whilst I was ahead!). I’ve since done numerous Half Marathons, Argus Cycle Tours and Triathlons; including the Half Ironman.

Why am I doing the row? I’m fascinated with endurance, and specifically the influence our minds have on performance. Rowing the Pacific will be a psychological trial more than physical, and this really appeals to me. I’ve been raised to believe that I can do anything, so I often find myself outside my comfort zone.

In my line of work I have also become intensely aware how privileged most of us are to have a fully functioning body. The charities we are raising money for will be in support of all the ladies whose lives changed overnight, and hopefully will act as a springboard to allow them to gain their independence again.

What excites me about the row? Doing something that is so far from anything I’ve done before, and learning things about myself that I never would otherwise.

What am I going to miss the most? Bubble baths, my bed and running in the mountains

What food will I miss the most? Watermelon and a nice cool Vanilla Milkshake

What am I looking forward to the most? Three things: 1. Seeing incredible starry skies 2. Those Sunrises! 3. Being in the middle of the Ocean, with no one even close, diving into an endless pool of water.

An abstract fact about me: Whenever I try an accent, it always ends up Jamaican

My power song on the boat: I can’t wait for these songs to dig us out of some deep emotional holes!

When I need to get worked up and smash some miles- 30 Seconds To Mars- Closer To The Edge
When we need some happy energy- Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth (Kygo Remix)