Alison believes that achieving your dreams and ambitions is due to goal setting, self-believe and transferable skills that can be learnt. A theory she put into practice in Channel 4’s ‘Dangerous Jobs for Girls’ in 2008 when she was one of three women to successfully take the guys on at their own game and ‘man’ a commercial fishing trawler in the South Australian Ocean. It’s also how she wrote and published her first book. Her Autobiography ‘Gold Medal Flapjack. Silver Medal Life’ is getting great reviews for the way it brings rowing and the Olympics alive and the clarity it brings on how to overcome hardship to achieve your goals. Also for how it describes the ten years after rowing (ending an Olympic career), the often difficult ‘What happens next?’ in an athlete’s life.
Having competed at the Sydney and Athens Olympics, Alison went to Beijing 2008 as a mentor for younger athletes. She was also a hard working London 2012 bid ambassador. Having done her bit to help secure the 2012 Games Alison signed up as an Olympic and Paralympic Games Maker at the Eton-Dorney rowing lake. It was the most wonderful few weeks and she has now signed up to volunteer at Rio 2016.
Alison was born in Derby but grew up in Richmond, North Yorkshire where she still maintains close links. The people of Richmond were so proud of her sporting achievements that they named a new road ‘Olympic way’ and an office suite on it ‘Mowbray House’. Liverpool University has also recently awarded her their highest honour of an Honorary Doctorate. Alison’s career has taken her to Bedford, Cambridge, London, Henley-on-Thames and Marlow until about five years ago when she followed another life-time ambition and moved to live by the sea. Alison now lives just a few minutes from fabulous cliff top runs and sea swimming in Newhaven, East Sussex.
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