Terrington St John woman set to paddleboard across the Wash in support of GB team’s world championships
A woman from Terrington St John is set to paddleboard across the Wash to raise funds to send the British team to the world championships.
Samantha Rutt, who is an “avid” stand up paddleboarder, will travel from Skegness to Hunstanton unsupported for the fundraising challenge, and she says she will be the first woman to do so.
Samantha, who teaches paddleboarding and runs a club, adopted the sport as an alternative to surfing.
“About three years ago I had a horseriding accident and damaged my neck quite badly,” she said.
“I used to surf so I took up paddleboarding instead. Paddleboarding has taken off as a huge sport.”
“It is so nice to be out on the sea and the rivers around here, we are so lucky.”
Samantha, who owns Barefoot SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) and Fitness, said paddleboarding to Hunstanton will be like finishing at her home, as she spends a lot of time out on her board there.
When she takes on the challenge is dependent on the weather, but she hopes the conditions will be right next week.
Samantha, who will be sponsored for the crossing by Starboard SUP UK and SUP’s Life, said she is hoping to raise funds to help the team representing Great Britain to get to the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships, as there is currently no government funding for this.
The team have qualified for the championships which will be held in China from November 23 to December 2.
“They haven’t got the funds to get to China so they are trying to raise £10,000,” Samantha said.
According to the fundraising page, set up by the British SUP team, the championships will cost each member about £1,450 in total.
This money will cover flights, accommodation, entry fees, paddleboards and a visa.
To support Samantha’s fundraising efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/david-ferguson-2.