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August 14, 2019

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Mates in Mind

Row alongside Olympians raising money for Mates in Mind in Regatta London

Two teams of distinguished, retired Olympic rowers will be joining the Mates in Mind team for the inaugural Regatta London, taking place on the River Thames on Sunday 29 September.

Regatta London Mates in MindSet to be the first ever mass-participation paddle-sports event taking place on a closed River Thames, fundraisers are being encouraged to put their skills to the test against the two teams of legends on a 12-mile route, for kayaks and stand up paddle boards, and a 14-mile course from Hammersmith to Greenwich for rowers.

The planned annual closure of the Thames Barrier means the river will have no tide and no other non-race traffic, allowing participates to pass safely by some of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Olympian Cameron Nichol, who has put together the two rowing teams of eight, one male, one mixed, said: “As a group of retired Olympians and international rowers who are now after great experiences, rather than high octane start lines, Regatta London is a perfect event. It’s a great opportunity to be on the water on a closed River Thames in the middle of London, with thousands of people, including some old friends.

“What’s more is that we’re also doing this to raise funds for Mates in Mind – a fantastic charity that is promoting awareness and providing support and resources to help improve mental wellbeing of people at work.

“There’s a clear link between physical and mental wellbeing and as former athletes that have experienced a high-pressure environment, the transition into the workplace with optimal mental health is a cause close to our hearts.

“We’re rowing the 19.2km as a physical challenge, to help celebrate the River Thames and bring attention to this worthy cause.”

James Rudoni, Managing Director of Mates in Mind added: “We are delighted to be involved with the first ever Regatta London as a Headline Charity Partner and excitedly welcome the support of these former Olympians.

“As we know mental illness and mental ill-health doesn’t discriminate – it’s something that can affect anyone at any point regardless of ability – with one in four people experiencing a mental health issue a year. What we need to remember is that you’re not alone – and an event such as this is an opportunity to help remind people of that.

“Regatta London promises to be a memorable event for all involved, both on and off the water. We encourage anyone with an interest in paddle sports to get involved, seize this unique opportunity and support our work to start the conversation about mental health in the workplace, as well as taking action to improve it.

“You can sign up on our website and don’t worry, you don’t have to be an Olympian to take part!”

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