WWC rower Katie Spotz earns “Woman of the Year” from Glamour magazine

Earlier this year, Warren Wilson College’s Katie Spotz became the youngest person (male or female) to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She did it to raise awareness about water issues, and Glamour magazine has named her Woman of the Year because of it.

The magazine article begins with a quote from ABC News’ Diane Sawyer: “She used her raw courage to row the Atlantic, all alone for 70 days, to make sure people who will never know her name have clean water to drink.”

It concludes with this: “Spotz’s journey raised money for Blue Planet Network, which buys water purifiers and digs wells in Haiti, India and Kenya. ‘My hope,’ Spotz says, ‘is to make people realize they’re capable of so much more than they think.’”

For the full article, go to Glamour magazine.

Xpress catalogued much of her trip, following her Twitter dispatches.

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Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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