Lawyer set to take on ANZAC challenge

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A Sydney lawyer joins team of descendants of Gallipoli veterans, to row a marathon on the 100th anniversary of the landing of the ANZACS at Gallipoli Cove.
The 60km row will take two days and finish with a re-enactment of the boats rowing into ANZAC Cove at 4.30am, the rowers will be met by descendants of Turkish soldiers who fought at Gallipoli.
Crew member Samantha Butt, solicitor at DLA Piper, said while the distance of the row will be challenging, she is looking forward to finishing as a team.
“We’re used to rowing short competitions, but having the ability to do it as a team, testing our skill to row for such a long distance,” she said.  “The conditions will be quite cold, and we don’t normally row during winter.”
While the temperature difference may be a shock to the system, Butt said the crew is confident that they will be well prepared by April 25th.
“At the moment, we’re doing at least five days a week on the water, which involves us rowing through the heads to try and get us accustom to the surf conditions,” she said.
Rowing in 7km stints, the team will be periodically switching with a sister crew throughout the 60km journey.
“The girls we row with are great and it’ll be lots of laughs and I’m sure everyone will be quite relaxed and enjoying the scenery,” said Butt.
The Marathon is programmed to coincide with ceremonies planned by the Turkish Government to further the friendship between Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.