Welcome to RowZambezi 2017 : The Kafue Expedition, Zambia

In 2017 our group of passionate rowers, adventurers, Olympians and coaches will be taking on an epic expedition that will push and test our limits to the extremes of human endurance.

The Kafue 2017 Expedition to Zambia will be a challenging adventure, physically tough and wild with lots of exposure to the bush and wildlife. This will be our third and most challenging expedition yet.

We celebrate rowing as a sport of diversity, inclusion and unity.  With the support of British Rowing and Leander Club, the world’s premier rowing club, we bring together male and female role models from our sport to teach, guide, and mentor local athletes and coaches to inspire their communities through the power of sport. We will be actively mentoring as we coach the coaches and rowers on the rivers and waters of their own nations.

Because everyone has potential.

We seek to further develop access to local, regional and international competition and sustainable rowing activity.

Our team’s endurance will be tested over 14 days throughout a 900km row in the wilds along the Kafue River, the third largest tributary of the Zambezi and full of hippos and crocodiles. Our journey will start in the Kafue National Park and on to row the wilderness of the ecologically important Kafue Flats, before finishing at the site of World Rowing’s Kafue River and Rowing Centre.

Our Squad

Tim Cook

RowZambezi Founder
Leader of 2011, 2014 & 2017 expeditions

Zoe De Toledo

Zoe De Toledo

Olympic Silver Medallist
European Rowing Championships Gold Medallist

Desmond Nanchengwa

Desmond Nanchengwa

Top single male sculler in Zambia
Competed in 3 World Championship events

Victoria Meyer-Laker

Victoria Meyer-Laker

2016 Olympic Games Women’s reserve
European Bronze Medallist

Francis Highton

Francis Highton

Former GB U23 and FISU Rower
Two-time Henley finalist

Louisa Reeve

Louisa Reeve

Two time Olympic finalist
World Bronze Medallist

Dermod Sweeney

Dermod Sweeney

RowZambezi 2011 and Karriba Moon Row 2014 Veteran

Andrew Peebles

Andrew Peebles

2016 Olympic Games Zimbabwe Sculler
2016 South African Men’s Single Scull Winner

Rev. James Stephenson

Rev. James Stephenson (Stevo)

Former GB Lightweights rower
World Triathlon Champion

Jamie Cook

Jamie Cook

Oxford Blue
Prince Albert Challenge Cup Winner

Emma Spruce

Emma Spruce

Winner at HRR 2011 for RUBC
Winner of The Boat Race 2016

Ed-Adams

Ed Adams

Motorcycle support & mechanic.
Leader of motorcycle adventure company

Annie Legge

Annie Legge

Digital Communications
Sister & Auntie to Team Cook

Caroline Hopkinson

Caroline Hopkinson

Team administrator.
Keen skier and sailor

Philippa Bovey

Philippa Bovey

Marketing professional, event marketing, communications & sponsorship

Our Story

Rowing is a sport of diversity, inclusion and unity. We promote rowing as a force for good – inspiring communities both in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.  Our expeditions initiate a mentoring programme to develop sustainable rowing activity promoting access to local, regional and international competition.

In 2011, RowZambezi took a combined GB/Zambian group of rowers along the waters of the Zambezi from the border with Angola to Victoria Falls.

In 2014, RowZambezi ran a learn to row course in Northern Zambia and then took a combined GB/Zambian group of rowers on a non-stop crossing of Lake Kariba and the Lower Zambezi National Park.

RowZambezi 2017 is building on the success of our previous two expeditions, and benefitting from an invaluable strategic partnership with Leander, the world’s premier rowing club.

Through the #OnWaterForWater campaign, the expeditions of RowZambezi will not only promote rowing but highlight safe water and sanitation issues in Africa raising funds to create wells and provide fresh water for those most at need.

Get Involved

There are many ways you can help and be part of RowZambezi 2017 and deliver real change.

Commercial Partners

This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to become a funding partner with RowZambezi offering a ready-made and flexible platform adapted to a variety of corporate objectives with the application of sport as an instrument of community and social change.

Expedition sponsors will engage with the sport in exciting ways, as we reach our to Leander’s members, the international rowing community, adventurers and the general public both in the UK and Southern Africa.

Your brand will gain visibility through the months leading up to, and throughout the expedition, and will be associated with some of the world’s finest athletes.

Goods and Services Partners

As well as commercial partners, we are looking for organisations who share our passion and drive and who could provide us with goods and services for the expedition, such as flights, medical equipment, rowing gear.

Get in touch now. We’d love to hear from you and have you as part of the RowZambezi Team.

Please contact:
Philippa Bovey, Leander:  commercial@leander.co.uk
Tim Cook, Expedition Leader:  timrcook@gmail.com

Fundraising

Every £1 really does count, and we are starting to collect donations for the well building on our just giving page, details here.

In 2017 we will be running a programme of events and activities to raise awareness and help raise funds, largely focussed around the UK rowing clubs, if you want your club to be part of this please email us at info@rowzambezi.com and we will send you an information pack just as soon as it’s ready.

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