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Olympic rower 'blown away' by Scilly

Double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover has said she and her family were "blown away" by the islands on their recent visit.

Helen, who is originally from Penzance, is the new ambassador for Isles of Scilly Travel, taking over from last year's patron Ray Mears.

She visited Scilly last week with her husband - wildlife presenter and author Steve Backshall - their baby son Logan and her mum.

Helen told Isles of Scilly Travel during her trip: “It’s exceeded my expectations and I think that’s going from a very high expectation; I always heard of it as being these islands off Cornwall that were just a bit magical but being here it really is, it’s just blown me away. It’s stunning and very much the style of holiday Steve and I enjoy as a family.”

Helen and Steve went kayaking, swam with seals and visited the St Martin's school base during their visit, while Helen also joined the island's gig crew on race night.

She said of the experience: “It was really fun, they were really nice people, it gives you a sense of what the community’s like here. One lady worked in the flower shop, one worked in the bakery, one worked at the watersports centre; so you get this whole sense that the community comes together and why not gig row in such a beautiful location.”

Helen said the family will definitely return to Scilly, adding: "Everything we see, every island we visit, we say next time we have to do this, next time we have to see this; there’s almost a never-ending list, I think. So, we’ll definitely be coming back.”

Click on the photos below to see some of Helen's Twitter posts from her trip:


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