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Steve Smith

Faces of Suffolk

Steve Smith

Sport and Exercise student

I’ve entered the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Every year it starts at the Canary Islands and you row 3,000 miles to finish in Antigua. They say more people have been in to space and climbed Everest than rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. I’ve been a rower for about two years but I’ve always set myself challenges and adventures; being in the police for 30 years, travelling for 8 years and sailing from New Zealand to Fiji.

It’s going to be 60 days on a boat 7 metres long, rowing in shifts of two hours on and two hours off.  There are tales of people being followed by sharks and seeing whales and dolphins, getting caught in storms and hurricanes. Most people make it but there’s always that chance that you might not – that’s what makes it a challenge. But I’m looking forward to getting back to just being with nature, seeing the sunrise in the morning and set in the evening.

I get my inspiration from others and from reading books, but you don’t have to be famous to inspire people. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

'Never too old to...' is the concept that we encourage one another to motivate ourselves to a better quality of life. Whether it's going for a walk round the block to keep fit, enrolling on a degree course at 58 or rowing across an ocean at 62, you are 'never too old to' turn your life around and do something to improve your health and well being.

If you’re offered a challenge, you should always say yes. You can then go away and think about it but don’t pass it up immediately. It’s easy to be negative but instead of finding a way not to do it, find a way to do it.