At the beginning of 2018, Kiko Matthews set a new world record as the fastest female to row, solo and unsupported, 3280 miles across the Atlantic. A non-rower and having never been past the Isle of Wight in a boat, Kiko still managed to take a week off the previous record! What’s more, in 2009, she survived a life threatening pituitary tumour and after being discharged from Intensive Care, she realised that life was for living and she wanted to make a difference. In 2017, seven months before departure, she returned to the operating table to have a second, and unexpected, tumour removed when the same disease, Cushing’s, returned. The care she received at King’s College Hospital was incredible, so she set her sights on using the challenge to raise £100,000 for their charity, which has already been surpassed.
As an ex-teacher and self-confessed ‘talker’, Kiko is often described as relatable, authentic and funny. A hard hitting and inspiring story, Kiko’s particular focuses are developing resilience, overcoming adversity, leadership and mental health issues.