Pupils support rower ahead of Pacific Ocean challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 May 2014

Elsa Hammond and host Kristy Philbrick from Sustrans with pupils and Head Teacher Neville Coles with a boat the pupils are building.

Elsa Hammond and host Kristy Philbrick from Sustrans with pupils and Head Teacher Neville Coles with a boat the pupils are building.

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HUNDREDS of Worle students have got behind sports star 
Elsa Hammond, who 
is aiming to set a 
new world rowing record.

The 28-year-old will compete in the first Great Pacific Race from California to Hawaii next month, where she will row 2,400 miles, 
and attempt to become the youngest and 
fastest competitor 
to row the Pacific Ocean.

Priory Community School in Queensway is supporting Elsa’s 
bid aboard her 
24-foot vessel and 
she visited the academy to chat to pupils 
and staff about the 
challenge.

She has also become part of the Active Travel to School Project, run by North Somerset Council in partnership with Sustrans.

Rob Berry, head of the lower school, said: “Elsa is truly inspirational. Our students 
are encouraged to set themselves huge 
challenges and to be disciplined in going about it and Elsa showed that can be achieved.”

n Pictured above is Kristy Philbrick from Sustrans with Elsa Hammond and pupils from Priory Community School.

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