Atlantic Titan is made up of just me, Rob Hamilton. I have
always had a love for the ocean, travel and endurance events. I
am an experienced scuba diver having passed my PADI scuba dive
instructor course at 18 and going on to complete a number of
technical diving qualifications. My curiosity about the world
and how far I can push myself led me to complete a master’s in
Near and Middle Eastern Studies at London’s School of Oriental
and African Studies, travel to nearly 50 countries and complete
two ultra-mountain marathons.
In 2016, I achieved a lifelong ambition when I was accepted into the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for training to become an Army officer. Soon after I started, however, I injured my knee (by literally killing off part of my femur), was permanently medically discharged from the Army and put on crutches for three months with a further three months of no sport. I went from someone who could run 50 miles over mountains, to someone who could walk around town for 20 minutes before having to call it a day. This race is a chance to prove to myself and demonstrate to others that life changing events and injuries do not have to permanently change your way of life. With a little grit and determination, incredible things are possible!
The Atlantic row also presents a tremendous opportunity to raise money for an organisation which I have a very close relationship with. In 2018, I spent several months working for the Collateral Repair Project (CRP) in Amman, Jordan. The organisation helps refugees through emergency aid and community programmes such as English classes, after-school clubs and psycho-social support. I am hoping to raise at least £50,000 for this amazing organisation. The name, Atlantic Titan, was the idea of a friend who is a beneficiary of the organisation.