As the first (and so far only) woman to row solo across the world’s ‘Big Three’ oceans – the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian – Roz Savage was the perfect person to join us at our 2018 World Extreme Medicine Conference; where she shared her unique story, her theoretical and very practical experience of radical personal transformation and inspireD other like-minded adventurers to think again about what is possible and how they can reach their full potential.
This was an amazing opportunity to learn first-hand how Roz found the physical and mental strength to take on not one, but three of the most dangerous ocean challenges, in one of the most daunting environments known to man. Delegates were blown away by Roz’s account of how she turned her back on an eleven-year career as a management consultant and unravelling marriage and reinvented herself as a woman of adventure. The audience were enthralled by Roz’s stories and experiences and were inspired by her passion for life, the environment and adventure.
After getting a law degree from Oxford in 1989, Roz was left wondering what she wanted to do for a living. Having grown up in a low-income family – both her parents were preachers – she knew her next move would involve making money and lots of it, so she became a management consultant, based in London but travelling all over the world. Believing money would make her happy, it wasn’t until Roz took an unexpected career turn and what her friends called an early mid-life crisis, that she would truly understand what being happy truly meant
Divorced and homeless at the age of 38, Roz found herself alone, rowing a tiny boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, cut off from the world due to a broken satellite phone, no hot meals eaten in two months and tendinitis in her shoulders and saltwater sores on her backside and Roz couldn’t have been happier. She had set out to take on a challenge that would stretch her to her limits and really show what she was capable and after 3,000 miles and 103 days at sea, all of her hard work was finally coming to fruition.
With the success of her first solo row across the Atlantic, it wasn’t long before Roz was planning her next challenge, another solo row, this time across the Pacific Ocean, but also using her voyage as a platform to raise awareness and promote sustainable living. In 2010 Roz was named as one of National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, an unexpected honour, she also holds four Guinness World Records and has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to fundraising and the environment. Not bad, for someone who completely rewrote and changed her life after writing two versions of her obituary – the one she wanted and the one she was heading for if she carried on living how she was.
We were extremely fortunate to have Roz be part of our conference and hopefully, she succeeded in inspiring delegates to face their fears, embrace, change and live life to the extreme! In what other medical conference would you have such a fantastic opportunity?
Join us this year where for the first time in WEM history, we’re hosting a virtual conference (17th & 18th Oct) – so you can be inspired from the comfort of your sofa (or, frankly, from wherever in the world you can get online). Book your place today!