Episode 225 - Lee Spencer

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Lee Spencer, a single leg amputee, is the first physically disabled person to have rowed solo across the Atlantic. He smashed the previous able-bodied record, set by Stein Hoff in 2002, by over a month and gained two new World Records.

Leaving Portugal on 9 January 2019, Lee crossed the line on 11 March 2019 in French Guiana, South America, at 60 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes. He had rowed unsupported for a total of 3,500 miles.

He faced waves of up to 40 foot, four 15-metre sperm whales swimming beneath him, being pursued by a large shark, a bout of gastroenteritis and various technical issues. He slept for just two hours at a time, all while battling the daily routine at sea and the challenges of being a single leg amputee.

The goal behind Lee's mission was to enforce his message to the world; that no one need be defined by their disability, mental or physical.

Lee’s Website:

http://www.leespencer.co.uk/

Recommended Books:

The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness - Steve Peters

The Smiley Trilogy - John le Carré

The Hitchhiker’s Trilogy - Douglas Adams

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The Blues Brothers

Platoon

The Life of Brian

Apocalypse Now

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