Aspire - Leadership for the future

‘On Tempestuous Seas - Crossing Your Own Ocean’

Elin Haf Davies,
Campaigner and Adventurer

Elin qualified as a Children's Nurse in 1998, before going on to complete a BSc (Hons), an MSc and a PhD at University College London. She gained 13 international A caps for the Welsh rugby squad, was the first Welsh woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean and was part of the first all-female crew to ever row across the Indian Ocean in 2011. She completed her personal hat-trick of oceans when she sailed across the north Pacific in 2012. She campaigns to develop medicines for ill children and uses her adventures as a platform to raise awareness about rare childhood disorders and the need to develop new drugs.

Not everyone wants to row across an ocean (obviously!) but we all have a personal challenge that we want to complete and she hopes that the lessons she learnt on the waves can help others to prepare for their own challenges.


Building Blocks for the Girls

We have to believe inside that we deserve to be where we are, and to achieve what we have achieved. But we also have to understand that we cannot hold a belief that society owes us anything and instead make our own destinies, and likewise complain that nothing will ever change without understanding that we can control our own reality.