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Elin Haf Davies

On April 19th 2009, Elin Haf Davies, as part of the inspirational first ever Indian Ocean Rowing Race, braved the Indian Ocean with all that it has to offer to become the first women team to complete it. They had no engine and no sails, just the strength of their bodies, sheer determination, and 4 oars to get them 3,100 nautical miles from Western Australia to Mauritius.

They rowed 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24 hours a day, through extreme heat, severe weather and 40 foot waves. Dodging pirates, and trying not to attract the attention of any unfriendly marine life (think Jaws!), they were entirely self-sufficient. Becoming the first women on the planet to row across the Indian Ocean - inspiratio.

Elin Haf Davies knew from an early age that she wanted to be a children's nurse, and achieved a life time dream when she completed her nurse training at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London. At eighteen, Elin left Wales to work as a volunteer in a 'Save the Children' orphanage in Lesotho, South Africa.
Although seeing the work with the children was inspirational to Elin as she felt a real hiraeth for Wales and came home after only four months. 

Despite the fact that she never really achieved much at school Elin continued to study after qualifying as a Children's Nurse, gaining a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience, an MSc in Research Methods. She has also completed her PhD thesis; developing markers of neurological involvement in children with metabolic disorders at University College London. Making her a Dr Nurse!

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