Lowri has been around kayaking all her life, but didn’t get into paddling properly until she was 14, when kayaks and kit started to fit. She became hooked, nagging anyone she could to take her paddling – whether it was to a local beck, cold winter surf or a man-made white water course.
All of her hard work paid off and Lowri earned a place on the GB freestyle team for the 2001 World Championships and aged just 16 it was a life changing experience. She has continued to compete at the highest levels on the International freestyle scene ever since, earning a few medals along the way – including European Freestyle Champion 2006-08.
Lowri has also been on many expeditions and adventures, paddling in incredibly remote, big volume rivers in Siberia as part of the Four Borders Expedition; she has also claimed first descents in Mongolia and Georgia; and bagged big waterfalls in Chile as well as getting lost in the jungles of Colombia! Her adventures with kayaking have taken her to over 30 countries on 6 different continents… so far…
Lowri is a BC Level 5 Coach & European Freestyle Champion, she is the owner of FlowFree Kayak Coaching.
Growing up in York and moving to North Wales
Who is Lowri, what she does and what she loves
How she first got into kayaking and why she struggled at first.
Getting hooked at 14
Going to her first world championships at 16
Getting to meet her heroes
What makes a good kayaker
How it changed her life and thinking about the future
Her plan B
Her first big expedition with Four Borders to Siberia and Mongolia, from section to planning and preparing for the trip
Being the only women
Crossing the border, and getting between a 32km no man’s land when crossing from Russia to Mongolia
What it was like in Mongolia and why the conditions were not the best for kayaking!
Her expedition to Georgia
Helping clients with confidence issues
Learning to distinguish between fear and excitement
The challenges of going solo when kayaking
The challenges faced in the Colombia expedition and why a river which should have taken 3 hours to kayak took 3 days!
Why it’s important not to panic when it comes to handling the unknown
Advice and tips for women who want to get involved in kayaking but don’t know where to start
Advice and tips for women who want to take the next step in their kayaking journey and start going on expeditions
Next challenge for Lowri
Website - www.flowfree.co.uk
Twitter - @flowfree_lowri
Instagram - @flowfree_lowri
Facebook - @flowfreecoaching
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