Leader of first female crew to row across Pacific Ocean
Who Am I
Laura Penhaul set 2 world records when she led the first
all-female crew to row across the Pacific Ocean. After 4 years in preparation,
they set off from San Francisco in April 2015, rowed 9,000nm and after 9 months
arrived in Cairns, Australia in January 2016.
Laura is a Physiotherapist by trade and previously to
founding Adaptive Performance she was Lead Physiotherapist to the Paralympic
Programme for British Athletics, where she supported the athletes at the Rio
Paralympic Games 2016. After having been to Vancouver Winter Paralympics as
Lead for Paralympic skiing and then working at London 2012, she thought that
rowing an ocean would give her an insight into what her athletes go through
when faced with the question of wanting to give up.
Through having worked with athletes that have a strong
mentality in believing they can achieve, combined with being driven to
understand what it takes to achieve and overcome barriers when it seems
impossible, it is this collaboration of thought and experience that has led
Laura to set up Adaptive Performance.
She talks about her experience, how team work and unity
helps anyone to maintain their determination and help in achieving targets.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.