Andrew Triggs Hodge supports clean water

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There’s no rest for an Olympic champion. On Saturday Andrew Triggs Hodge will be back on the water again – this time in a kayak – when he takes part in the Ecover Blue Mile at Plymouth to support WWF’s work in conserving global water resources.

The men’s four double Olympic gold medallist said, “The event is about raising awareness about clean water and fund raising. I’ve always been a supporter of WWF and I’m happy to do anything I can do to help with their clean water initiative.” 

The campaign involves completing a mile near a ‘blue environment’, and as at the flagship event this weekend, supporters can either swim, kayak, stand up paddle or walk alongside their local water. Plus you can row!

Triggs Hodge said, “It’s as much as people want to make of it – it’s about kids having fun while raising awareness of clean water around the world.

“People can take part in their own Blue Mile whenever, it’s not just about next weekend. It’s more of a concept rather than just one event. Water issues don’t go away and the Blue Mile keeps going on and on too.”

If you would like to row a mile for WWF, then why not organise an afternoon at your own club, or if you’re new to the sport you can find your nearest water venue at www.britishrowing.org/clubs/club-finder.

For those within striking distance of the south west coast, then Plymouth is the place to be. Why not come and cheer on Andy and canoe slalom gold medallists Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott as they race at 4pm this Saturday… 

“I’m going to be there for the whole day,” said Triggs Hodge. “I think all the Olympians will be taking their medals and being part of the event. It’s another chance for people to get involved and for kids to be inspired by what we have achieved.” 

You can support Triggs Hodge’s efforts at www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Triggs-Hodge. Find out more about Blue Mile at www.thebluemile.org or www.wwf.org.uk/events

There may even be a special Blue Mile event for rowers on the Thames so keep a look out on www.britishrowing.org and British Rowing’s Facebook page for more details.

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