Kiko Matthews is an adventure athlete who is passionate about the health and wellbeing of both the individual and the environment. She uses adventure sport to inspire and engage people on issues that educate them on a more sustainable lifestyle; mentally and physically as well as those related to their environment.
She has a first-class degree in molecular biology and after becoming seriously ill in 2009, she chose to leave her job as a secondary science teacher.
She became the fastest woman to solo row the Atlantic in 2018, having never rowed or been to sea and 6 months after enduring brain surgery to remove a recurring pituitary tumour. Taking a week off the original record, she also raised over €116174 for King’s College Hospital who had saved her life in 2009 and then in 2017. She ran a desert ultra 6 months after the row and is currently preparing to cycle 7200km around the coast of the UK, cleaning up approximately 70 beaches with communities, as she goes. This is to highlight the plastic issue but also to bring communities together and improve the health and well-being of the individual but also that of the planet.
She is also strong advocate for girls and women being more confident in their abilities as well as the strength of community. She gives talks largely around resilience, purpose and confidence to a variety of audiences ranging from corporate directors to primary kids, all women, all men and everything in between.