On Saturday 17th September 2016, Naomi Riches (Paralympic Gold Medalist) will start her latest challenge "“ to set a new Guinness World Record as the fastest woman to row down the River Thames in a single scull"¦ 165 miles from Lechlade to Gravesend

'More than anything else in my life I wanted to be known as Naomi Riches and not be defined by my disability.......

My purpose for this row is not only to raise funds for a charity close to my heart but to celebrate ability.'

Naomi is an incredibly inspiring person and her enthusiasm is infectious. Not only has she achieved the ultimate accolades in her chosen sport of rowing - an Olympic Gold Medal and six World Championships - but as a motivational speaker she inspires hundreds of young (and not so young) people to achieve the most they possibly can in their lives.

'It's all about what you can do. Not what you can't do'

In the company of such distinguished athletes as Sir Steve Redgrave, Cath Bishop, Lawrence Delaglio and many others from all walks of life, Rotary in the Thames Valley District is delighted and humbled to be supporting Naomi in her #165Challenge, which is aiming to raise £165,000 for IN-Vision, a registered charity whose aim is to further research into Infantile Nystagmus which affects 1 in 1,000 children.

Now an associate member of the newly formed Rotary Club of Marlow Bridge, Naomi has been an amazing supporter of many of our Rotary District Youth projects and Interact clubs. So now its our turn to say 'thank you' and do everything we can to help her achieve her goals. Besides raising funds there is much we can do in the way of hands-on help both before and during the event.  For District 1090 #our165Challenge is to find at least 165 Schools for the #Schools Participation - or contact Mike Ware

Other ways you become involved

#Find Corporate Sponsors - contact Julia Collis or phone 07423 673448

#Sponsor a Mile

#Name the Boat

#Volunteer - can you operate a lock? Organise a fundraising event? - contact Liz at InVision

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