Dr Karen Weekes
In February 2022, Dr Karen Weekes became the first Irish woman to row solo and unsupported 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the ‘SHECANDO2021’ campaign. By successfully completing this journey Karen became the 20th female worldwide to have ever rowed across any ocean solo.
Karen is an adventurer, lecturer and sport psychologist who specialises in cognitive and practical coping techniques for endurance sport. Her academic research has explored motivations and cognitive coping strategies of ultra-endurance athletes. Her presentation will provide an insight into the challenges and effective coping tools she employed while at sea, linked in with how they can be transferrable to other work and everyday life situations.