Students welcome Stamford High School Old Girl, Sarah Outen, home at Tower Bridge

Pupils from Stamford School and Stamford High School were present at Tower Bridge on Tuesday 3 November to welcome back Old Girl Sarah Outen from her epic four-and-a-half year, round the world voyage.

Equipped with a large ‘Welcome Home Sarah’ banner and enthusiastically waving flags, there was a tangible excitement in the air as Sarah kayaked under Tower Bridge to signal the end of her round the world trip, which she has achieved using only a rowing boat, bike and kayak.

The expedition was in aid of four charities close to Sarah’s heart; CoppaFeel!, WaterAid, the MND Association and the Jubilee Sailing Trust. During the 25,000 mile trip, which she started in April 2011, she has faced extreme weather conditions ranging from forty degrees above zero to minus forty degrees when biking through the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and Northern America, respectively. Additionally she had to be rescued by cargo ship when faced with an incoming tropical storm whilst rowing the Atlantic. In 2013 she became the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean.

Sarah, a former student of Stamford Junior School and Stamford High School, was clearly touched by the efforts of the pupils and staff. She took the time to meet them and gave a short speech revealing her experiences on the trip. She said she hoped to return to the Schools in the near future to deliver a talk of her experiences in more detail.

Rachel Petrie, Foundation Director of Stamford Endowed Schools, said; “Sarah is a former pupil of both SJS and SHS, and has come back to the Schools to talk to our pupils many times since she left. She is a huge inspiration to us all and we were delighted to be at Tower Bridge to welcome her home.”

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