Whilst growing up in West Sussex, Tommy developed a love for adventure and physical challenges. Having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro whilst still at school and spent 18 months training with the Royal Marines Reserve Tyne during university, Tommy learnt how to really put his body and mind to the test.
The training Tommy went through with the RMR taught him how to keep going when physically exhausted, building mental strength and drive that is pivotal to a successful completion of the ocean row he is now taking on.
Tommy has not come from a strong sailing (/swimming!) background or lived his life on the water. Having learnt to row whilst in his final year at university, Tommy realised that it is not going to be a great skill of rowing that will see him across the Atlantic. This challenge will prove to be a mental one of strength and endurance to deal with such a long period away and alone with help not close at hand should it be required.
Still only 22 and aiming to join the batch for Officer training in the Royal Marines once finishing the row, Tommy has always strived for peak physically fitness and performance. A keen sportsman from a young age, Tommy has always been active, with skiing and rugby as his main focus. Having also travelled across 5 continents including driving a car from London to Mongolia, the Woodvale race seemed the perfect event, combining his passion for adventure with extreme physical challenge.
Tommy during his 24 hr row in aid of Mind.