Rowing brings order to help Amy beat disorder

Amy Walters will take to the waters to raise money for charity.
Amy Walters will take to the waters to raise money for charity.

The lightweight athlete will tackle the most gruelling river rowing events possible to raise funds for the Butterfly Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation and WA Rowing Club via the Australian Sports Foundation.

Walters has competed at four consecutive Australian Rowing Championships. She said she wanted to attempt the marathon to raise funds for charities that had inspired her during her recovery from an eating disorder.

‘Rowing has been my life and my saviour for the past few years since I developed an eating disorder. Sometimes I have become so ill I had to be hospitalised and could no longer train,’ she said.

‘For me, it felt like the world was ending when I couldn’t row, even though I knew what I needed to do to become healthy enough to train.

‘Now for the first time since I developed this issue, I am healthy, in control and growing stronger.

‘Doing this is a way of saying thank you to charities that give hope to people like me when we are most vulnerable.’

The event starts at 5am on Sunday, September 29, at the WA Rowing Club.