In a bid to honour the London 2012 Olympic sporting legacy, Susannah Cass (27) a PhD student from Botany in the School of Natural Sciences, Captained a four-strong ‘Row2Rio’ team who have rowed 3,400 miles, 24 hours a day for 56 days from Portugal to reach the next Olympic host nation of Brazil. Susannah Cass, Jake Heath, Mel Parker, and Luke Richmond will cover nearly 7,000 miles by human power alone and are setting out to achieve three world records in the process; the first group to row a new ocean route, the first mixed crew and the first team of four to cross the Atlantic in a rowing boat. The Row2Rio team landed 35 miles north of Recife on Saturday, April 23rd 2016 having set off from Portugal 56 days previously.
Getting into the spirit of Brazilian Independence Day, Trinity’s Global Room was transformed on Monday. Balloons, pictures of famous Brazilian landmarks, Brazilian flags, and fun facts about Brazil adorned the walls to celebrate. We even included numerous photos of Neymar and the Brazilian soccer team, as a hat-tip to one of the world’s greatest teams.
Entertaining all of our esteemed guests was a group of very talented students who gave us a taste of Brazilian dance with a demonstration of Forró and Samba. The Brazilian students, who are here doing the Ciência sem Fronteiras or Science Without Borders programme, even joined in!
And, most importantly, staff and students alike got to try some yum Brazilian dishes, including the world-famous feijoada, which is a kind of delicious stew with rice and beans.
All-in-all Brazil day was a great chance to learn more about a rich and vibrant culture, and to celebrate with our new students! We hope you all enjoyed it!
For those of you who missed the festivities, check out the below video for a sense of what it means to be Brazilian and study at Trinity for the CsF programme!