Rowan Garel competes for title of 2017 Caribbean Adventure Ambassador

By Michelle Sutherland

Belize’s very own, Rowan Garel, 19, the fearless and inspiring visually impaired boy who climbed Victoria’s Peak is competing against four Caribbean nominees for the title of 2017 Caribbean Adventure Ambassador.

Rowan recently emerged among the top five contestants in the first round of voting, leading the pack with over 500 votes and has since moved on to the second round of voting which was officially declared open from November 27th, and will run through to December 2nd.

Rowan is already leading with over 600 votes. He is going up against Jeremie Tronet, a kite surfer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Jake Kelsick, a professional kite boarder from Antigua and Barbuada; Courtenay Rooks an Eco-adventure tourism and media expert from Trinidad and Tobago, and Mario Rigby a fitness instructor and explorer from Turks and Caicos Island.

Rowan’s name was submitted to the Caribbean Tourism Organization by the Belize Tourism Board to represent Belize as part of the program of activities for the Caribbean Year of Adventure which features persons who display the spirit of adventure as Caribbean adventure ambassadors.

Rowan, despite being visually impaired, is known for his humanitarian acts over the years to raise much needed finances to assist other visually impaired people. He has been selected for numerous awards, most recently Taiwan’s Prestigious Fervent Love of Lives Award.

He is also the only visually impaired person to ever climb Victoria’s Peak, Belize’s second highest mountain which stands over 3,000ft above sea level, as well as dive the Blue Hole Natural Monument, and walk across Belize.

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