Outside interests

Tall ship crewing

In the last five years,  I have crewed on the Lord Nelson and Tenacious, two tall ships run by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. You can see where they are in the world here

Lord Nelson on STW9 voyage, North Atlantic
Lord Nelson on our epic Recife-Halifax voyage, North Atlantic in 2014. Here heading towards Canada.

I strongly support the ethos of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which is to enable all to crew together, whatever their physical abilities.

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Valerie doing a ‘sea stow’ (and still waving!) in the middle of the Atlantic

I have done an epic voyage sailing from Recife in Brazil to Halifax in Canada on Lord Nelson, and voyages in the Caribbean, the Azores and sailing from Fiji to Sydney on Tenacious

Voyage on Lord Nelson from Brazil to Canada (2014)
In the South Pacific, somewhere between New Caledonia and Sydney
In the South Pacific, somewhere between New Caledonia and Sydney (2016)
Voyage from Fiji to Australia on Tenacious (July 2016)


Games Maker Choir

I regularly sing with the Games Maker Choir, a choir formed of volunteers from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. We have been lucky enough to perform at Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium and at the Olympic Park amongst other venues. In 2015, we sang anthems at two of the Rugby Union World Cup matches including the South Africa-Wales quarter-final at Twickenham.

Games Maker Choir before our performance at Twickenham stadium (2015)


Singing anthems at Rugby World Cup quarter finals at Twickenham (17/10/2015)

Games Maker Choir showreel

Games Maker Choir performance at the opening ceremony of the IAAF World Athletics championships (August 2017)