Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Record Breaking Rachel's Olympic Dream

Rachel Flanders, who last year became the youngest person ever to row the Atlantic, now has her sights firmly set on rowing for Great Britain in the Olympic Games.

Rachel was one of the Atlantic Angels, a four woman crew that took part in the Woodvale Challenge Atlantic Rowing Race, from December 2007 to February 2008. The women spent 74 days in a 29 foot boat, Silver Cloud, as they rowed from La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, to Antigua, in the Caribbean.

Once back on terra firma, Rachel did not wait long before getting back in the water, joining Hollingworth Rowing Club, near Rochdale. She now rows in a woman's eight and trains four times a week. Her next challenge is the Henley Regatta in the summer when she will compete against teams from across the country.

Talking about her future, Rachel said: "My long term ambition is to get into the Great Britain team so I am getting started now. I am looking at possibly the 2016 games."

Rachel is currently fitting her rowing in around revising for her AS Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Her plan is to study Engineering at University but she readily admits: "I have been looking at universities which are good for rowing, not just for engineering."

Sixth Form Girl Rachel in the Mayor of Bolton's Office

Rachel in the Mayor of Bolton's Office, picking up her Award of Commendation