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Michelle Lee smashes Million Metre World Record

Broke the world record in a time of five days, 21 hours and 34 minutes

The 2017 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta has seen a world record smashed this week, with Michelle Lee completing her Million Metre Challenge and becoming the fastest woman to row one million metres (subject to final verification from Concept 2).

The 44-year-old from Bella Vista in North West Sydney has been based at the Australian National Championships, rowing day in and day out to try and beat the record set by German Olympian, Anke Molkenthin in 2014.

Lee has completed the challenge in a time of five days, 21 hours, 34 minutes, shaving off 1 day, 14 hours and 17 minutes’ worth of time off the German’s previous record.

After completing her marathon challenge of rowing 1000 kilometres, Lee said: “It feels fantastic to have smashed the world record and to have such fantastic support along the way. My moto is ‘Start thinking you can and you will’, and it happened for me here!

“I could not have done it without the help of my coach, support crew and all the spectators and competitors at the regatta who came by to cheer me on.”

Rowing Australia CEO, Michael Scott, congratulated Lee on completing her challenge. “We’re delighted to have been able to host Michelle at the 2017 Aon Sydney International Regatta and to have played a small part in her breaking the world record.

“We wish her all the very best of luck in her next challenge and we hope she’s inspired some of the many spectators and athletes here to take part in the Australian Indoor Rowing Championships, later this year, although the distances raced won’t be quite as long!”

The 2017 Australian Indoor Rowing Championships run across Australia from 4 to 12 November 2017.

Completing the World Record Attempt was all part of her training to meet an even bigger challenge at the end of the year when she competes in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – The World’s Toughest Rowing Race.

Michelle is aiming to be the first Australian female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean and also intends to be the fastest woman to row it.

Twelve months of hard preparation will have Michelle set for this race: rowing solo 5,000km across the Atlantic! Each year in December, waiting for an end to the hurricane season, rowers depart from La Gomera, Spain and arrive in Antigua, in the Caribbean. No motor, no sails – powered only by rowing.

It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with 10m plus waves, sharks, storms, mental fatigue, blisters, salt sores, & sleep deprivation…. These are just a few of the daily challenges to be faced during the 50+ day crossing.

Michelle is using the Million Metre Row, not only as training for this end of year event, but to spearhead to her search for sponsors and supporters to see her to the start line.

You can support her by contacting her directly on [email protected] email or on her via Facebook page: