Sir Steve Redgrave CBE
Winner of 5 consecutive Gold medals at Olympic Games, 1984-2000
There are going to be a lot of challenges – a lot of fatigue, a lot of blisters, hour after hour after hour sitting in the same position. When things really get tough, and it’ll be very, very tough – you have to believe in the cause – what is in your heart – and it will help get you through.
World Champion Coxless Pair 2003 & Olympic Silver Medallist in the Coxless Pair 2004
British Rower & Olympic Gold Medallist in the Men’s VIII’s 2000
Retired English rugby union player and former captain of the English national team
I think what Naomi is doing – demonstrating that we are all amazing, no matter what life throws at us, is a great message and I wish her all the best of luck in achieving this World Record.
During his career, he held the British record for the 400 metres sprint, and won gold medals in the 4×400 metres relay at the World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games
Crew Member of the Coxless Crew, who rowed 9,200 miles across the Pacific in a record breaking 257 days
Naomi’s Great Thames Row Challenge is a reminder to all of us that we are limited only by our own dreams. An inspiration to us all but especially to all those supported by her worthy charity IN-vision. A word of advice – singing helps both with being out of your comfort zone and with staying awake while rowing in the middle of the night!
Steve Williams OBE
Double Olympic Gold medallist in the British rowing fours from both Athens, 2004 and Beijing, 2008
It is great to see Naomi, 4 years on from “retiring”, back in the boat again and taking on this World Record attempt. It will be a brutal trial of Naomi’s focus, endurance, bloodymindedness, and much more. Naomi, have a good row!