• 1980 | Addi is born in Athens, Greece (English Mum). Her childhood is spent in Greece, Thailand and Spain.

  • 2008 | Athina is born in Madrid, Spain.

  • 2015 | Mother and daughter move to Yorkshire, UK.

Together they create experiences that combine their love for sports, adventure and nature. Passionate about education and public engagement, their community work leads them to create award-winning collaborations with external partners, helping to inspire the public with some of the University of Leeds’ internationally world-leading research. In recent years, these activities result in BBC radio appearances, public talks, national award nominations and funding opportunities. 


Here are some of their most special moments:


  • ​​KAYAK-SWIM| TEAMAA STYLE. Mum swims 5 km and pulls Athina who's sitting in a kayak. A fun way for 'Little-Lobster' to enjoy the splendid views across the lake whilst mum does her endurance training. Yorkshire, May 2016. Blog here.


  • SEAN CONWAY ADVENTURE SCHOLARSHIP | WINNERS. TeamAA win the adventure scholarship that sponsors their first of their many ‘Pirates of the Canals' adventures. August 2016.

  • PIRATES OF THE CANALS I | LEEDS-LIVERPOOL CANAL. Mother and daughter paddle the length of Leeds-Liverpool canal (127 miles) in a yellow dingy boat affectionately known as Boaty McBoatface. 7 days, mostly in torrential weather in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. August 2016. Blog here.


  • BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR | LIVE CALL. Athina receives a #BigThankYou phone call, live from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. Anne Dickings (GB Para Canoeist) thanks her for her volunteering, fundraising and her great sporting performance, canoeing the Leeds-Liverpool canal. December 2016. 

  • YORKSHIRE CHOICE AWARDS 2017. The awards are a celebration of achievement in Yorkshire. TeamAA are nominated in the following categories: 

  1. Inspirational Individual of the Year.

  2. Sporting Achievement of the Year.

  3. The Kate Granger Award for Outstanding Contribution.

  • PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT | MINI-OLYMPICS. TeamAA visit primary schools and encourage children to give exploring a go with their 'Pirates of the Canals' talk and their Mini-Olympics 2-day activities. Yorkshire and Spain, 2016-2019. 

  • ORDNANCE SURVEY | #GetOutside CHAMPIONS. TeamAA are selected to lead the #GetOutside charge and showcase the best of Britain with their adventures, to help inspire the nation to spend more time outdoors. January 2017.​​

  • BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE | GUEST SPEAKERS. Under the title 'Pirates of the Canals - A Family Afloat' the intrepid duo join the live shows as part of the 'Explore Britain' team, to enthuse the nation with their family adventures and togetherness. Blenheim Palace, August 2017. Blog here.

  • PIRATES OF THE CANALS II | LANCASTER. TeamAA build an eco-friendly raft from recycled office material and leftover construction equipment. The vessel is made of: water pipes, office chairs, cabinet screens, a graduation gown and a broom stick turned into a mast for a sail. They paddle 65 km across the Lancaster canal, camp along the way and collect litter from the canal while exploring. August 2017. Blog here.


  • UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS | SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS. The intrepid duo are finalist in the 'Making the Most of Resources' with their Pirates of the Canals II, family adventure. Yorkshire, 2018.

  • PIRATES OF THE CANALS IV | SCOTLANDWith help from a boat-building expert friend, TeamAA build a Canadian canoe from scrap pieces of wood donated by local skips and skirting from a church refurbishment project. They paddle the Great Glen way, Highlands. On a windy day they use an umbrella to propel themselves forward. When they reach the end, they trek back to the start, in total 150 miles. Unsupported, mother and daughter camp along the way and use this research trip to share with the public the University of Leeds world-leading research on the topic of invasive species.  Scotland, August 2019. Blog here.

  • WORLD TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES | LEEDS. For three consecutive years, TeamAA are invited to assist with the handing of the awards and flowers at the Elite Athletes Award Ceremony. During the rehearsals, Athina fills in as 'Pretend World Champion' and in 2017 hands out the Series Leader Awards. 2016 -2019, Yorkshire. Blog here

  • WOMEN IN ADVENTURE FILM COMPETITION | FINALIST with our short film titled 'Pirates Of The Canals.' 

      August, 2020. Video here

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  • WORLD CUP | RUGBY MIXED ABILITIES WORLD TOURNAMENT. Addi volunteers as an interpreter, translating for all the Spanish-speaking teams in this incredible event. Yorkshire, August 2015. Blog here.

  • 70.3 IRONMAN | LANZAROTE. One item off the bucked list! A race considered by many to be one of the toughest events in the world. Spain, September 2015.​

  • SWIM-RUN | WALES. A 3.5km swim in the deep clear waters of Llyn Padarn fully clothed and in trainers, followed by A 12.5km run beneath the majestic summit of Snowdon running in a wetsuit. Snowdonia, June 2016. Blog here.

  • 10 KM OPEN-WATER SWIM | SCOTLAND. An incredible 5 hour swim in another truly stunning location. Loch Ard. September 2016. Blog here

  • IRONMAN | WALES. Addi becomes an Iron-Woman. She completes one of the toughest endurance races in the world.    Swims 2.4 miles, bikes 112 miles then runs 26.2 miles. All in one go, it's a race against the clock. Tenby, Wales. September 2016. Blog here

  • SOLO WINTER ADVENTURE I. First solo bike touring trip. 400 km in five days with just a backpack. From Essex to Lands End across the steep hills of Bath and Cornwall. December 2016. Blog here.

  • RED BULL NEPTUNE STEPS | SCOTLAND. Swimming upstream in February, inside a canal in Glasgow. The race also involves climbing over lock gates over an over again. 320 of the worlds toughest endurance athletes, this stands as Addi's craziest race to date! Scotland, March 2017. Blog here. 

  • UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS VICE-CHANCELLORS AWARDS. Addi secures funding, creates and organises the School of History Wellbeing programme. In recognition of the Schools' collective and continuous efforts for a healthy work/life balance Addi collects the first ever Wellbeing Achievement Award. November 2017. 

  • SOLO WINTER ADVENTURE II | SPAIN. A week long solo backpacking trek across the Tramountana mountain Gr-221. 120 km, sleeping in a hammock. Christmas is spent with 25 strangers of the same family who welcome Addi to their home. Mallorca. December 2017. Blog here

  • PUBLIC SPEAKING | UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS. Various motivational talks across the University of Leeds on the topics of wellbeing and adventuring, including: the Womens Leeds Network, Healthy Week Hero 2018 launch event, H&S Network etc. 2017-2019 

  • 105 KM RUN | THE SERPENT TRAIL. The Serpent Trail, named this because it winds like a snake through the South Downs National ParkJoint by a friend, in less than a day, Addi runs a new PB: 105 km across greensand hills, lowland heath, woodland and river meanders from Haslemere to Petersfield. South Downs National Park, June 2017. Blog here.

  • BRITISH CANOEING | FEMALE PADDLING AMBASSADOR. Selected as 1 of 10 females in the UK to join British Canoeing's First Female Paddling Ambassador programme. Addi is chosen for her inspirations approach to the sport and for sharing her love of paddling with others. 2018-2019. ​

  • BRITISH CANOEING | WOMEN'S ADVISORY GROUP. Sharing ideas, knowledge and experience to help increase female representation  in the sport and to raise the profile. Addi joins discussions around activation, equality and future opportunities for development. National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, 2018.

  • Water@Leeds CONFLUENCE | FUNDING AWARD. Addi's talk secures her funding and a collaboration with the Water@Leeds network, formed by field experts with world class scientific research. University of Leeds, September 2018. 

  • SOLO WINTER ADVENTURE III | NC500The notorious North Coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland. 6 days of a solo mtb touring trip through some of Highlands most remote and breath taking rural areas. Addi wild camps along the way at sub-zero temperatures. This is a journey of self-discovery, new friendships and resilience. Highlands, Scotland. December 2018. 

  • YORK UNIVERSITY | PUBLIC TALK. A presentation by TeamAA, on their research trips with a particular focus on environmental pollution. York, March 2019.

  • DESIGNING OUTDOOR GEAR | PEAK UK. Addi and Peak UK collaborate on a limited edition buoyancy gear, designed by Addi. Gender-neutral, stylish and functional it features Addi's illustrations. May 2019. 

  • Water@Leeds 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY | MOTIVATIONAL TALK. At the University's Great Hall, Addi presents to colleagues and external partners the impact and evaluation of the Pirates of the canals IV research trip. Yorkshire, September 2019. 

  • BRITISH CANOEING | NATIONAL AWARD. On it's first project anniversary, Addi receives the Community Champion Award for her work promoting the British waterways and for societal impact by sharing interdisciplinary research on the topic of biosecurity. Yorkshire, December 2019. 

  • ADVENTURE & TRAVEL SHOW | GUEST SPEAKER. Addi engages the public with the Pirates of the Canals adventures. Olympia Conference Centre, London. January 2020. 

  • COAST TO COAST | BRITAINS FAVOURITE LONG-DISTANCE WALK. 13 days, 192 miles, 2 storms. In company of her chihuahua dog, Addi walks from St Bees on the Cumbrian Coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the Yorkshire Coast. They trespass the unparalleled grandeur of three National Parks: The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors and they hammock and bivvi along the way. 11 days of rain and 2 days of sunshine; Addi says: 'This has been the walk of a lifetime!' August 2020. Blog here.

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  • Age 1 | Learns to Swim. 'Little-Lobster' has strong legs like a propeller and she's naturally good at backstroke.

  • Age 5 | Joins the local Gymnastics club. By the age of 11 she's into tumbling-gymnastics.   

  • Age 5 | Runs her first 5 km Parkrun. She continues to run and her PB today stands proudly at 29 mins. 

  • Age 8 | Joins the Junior Athletics team and as she grows older she's considering Pentathlon.  

  • Age 9 | Joins the Circuit Youth Race Training Cluster and rides her first road bike. 

  • Age 9 | First Horse Riding sessions. She loves being outdoors, the connection with animals and show jumping.  

  • IRONKIDS | WALES. It's all about fun and healthy living. Age 7, Athina runs her first 'Solo' race. 1.5 km. Tenby, Wales. September 2015. 

  • TRAIL RACE | 2 MILES. She joins the Leeds Junior Race Series. Harewood House, Yorkshire. November 2015. 

  • YORKSHIRE SCHOOL RACES | Trail runs, athletics, netball, swimming and basketball. Athina represents her primary   and secondary school in various sports and contributes to the school's overall sporting achievements. 2016-2019.

  • LBT JUNIOR AQUATHLON. Athina races her first Aquathlon. 150 m swim followed by a 1.2 km run. Yorkshire, May 2017. 

  • BROWNLEE FOUNDATION TRIATHLON. Completes her first triathlon, cycling is her favourite part. Yorkshire, May 2018.

  • TOTAL WARRIOR | JUNIOR WARRIOR. Volunteers with Mum and in the afternoon races in the junior obstacle course. Yorkshire, June 2018.

  • CITY OF LEEDS SWIMMING CLUB | RACING SQUAD. Athina is invited to join the Leeds Swimming Squad and participates in various gala races. Yorkshire, July 2018 - To date. 

  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS PHOTO COMPETITION | WINNER. Athina wins National Geographic's kids photography competition in the 'People' category. December 2019.

National Geographic Winner
National Geographic Winner

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National Geographic Winner
National Geographic Winner

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